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EDEN Topic Page Guidelines


EDEN develops and provides access to a number of resources intended to support and enhance Extension’s educational efforts to reduce the impact of disasters. Among these resources are peer-reviewed Topic Pages.  The purpose of these Web site-based pages is to give Extension educators – EDEN’s primary audience - information that will help them respond to an event, assist with their community’s recovery from a disaster event, or build an educational program to reduce their state’s vulnerability to disaster.

EDEN Topic pages provide relevant and up-to-date information and resources on disaster-related topics that will typically fall within one or more of the following categories:  Agricultural Disasters, Families & Communities, Hazards & Threats, and Human Health. Topic Pages are intended to enhance Extension’s role, where applicable, in all disaster phases (preparedness, prevention/mitigation, response, and recovery) at the local, state and national/federal levels.  All EDEN Topic Pages are expected to contain references and links to research-based information, including cross references to other EDEN Topic Pages, as appropriate, and to disaster information on eXtension. Accepted sources include peer-reviewed articles, publications (including publications cataloged in the EDEN resource catalog), and Web sites from:

  • Land-Grant and Sea-Grant Universities
  • Federal, State, Local agencies
  • Nationally recognized organizations with credible information on disaster education* 

*If a Topic Page author has one or more credible resources that he/she would like to reference, which do not fall under the list of accepted sources above or would like to seek clarification on acceptability, a request can be submitted to the EDEN Editorial Board or Information Clearing House (ICH) committee.


The EDEN Web site provides an interactive writing and editing tool that allows Topic Page authors to organize their content in page sections and in a multi-level series of pages.  EDEN Topic Pages should adhere to a general structure that provides a well-rounded examination of the given topic and includes the following basic elements:

  • Current Situation – Discusses current events or a prediction of future events, along with associated risk(s). The purpose is to let Extension know that an event is occurring, what Extension is doing to relieve the situation in the impacted states – locally and nationally, through EDEN – and what the responding states need.   
  • Introduction and Background (1 – 3 paragraphs) – Provides a basis for the page’s purpose, along with a brief overview of past events which have necessitated attention to this topic.
  • Relevance – Demonstrates relevance of topic and potential roles of Extension educators/specialists, identifies the target audience(s), and determines educational needs.
  • How EDEN is addressing the topic – Describes who is working on topic page content, working on an eXtension CoP, developing courses. This section helps others join the effort or find a knowledgable source on the topic.
  • Research-based Educational Materials Identifies pre-existing credible and research-based materials that enhance Extension’s educational programs, as well as a target audience’s ability to mitigate/prevent, prepare for, respond to, and/or recover from an associated incident. This may be a list of resources with a brief explanation and an associated link.
  • eXtension Page – Explains and links to topic relevant information on eXtension.
  • Additional Resources – Provides a list of links to outside resources; no explanation is necessary (but if useful, describe information found at the link).
  • References Provides a listing of all outside resources used to support content. All references to outside resources need to be cited, using official American Psychological Association [APA] style.  (For guidelines regarding how to properly use APA style, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab Web site at
  • Responses to past events – These are former “Current Situation” pages that form an accessible record of how Extension and EDEN have responded to prior disasters.

In addition to the components above, a list of at least five key words or phrases that describe the topic should be developed to enhance search optimization. Authors should include dynamic content through the use of widgets and RSS feeds.

These guidelines set forth a vision for the ideal, fully developed topic page. In practice, topic pages will have useful, publishable content before they include all the structural elements listed above. Authors will continue to develop and expand upon their topics after the initial set of pages has been published. As content grows, some will be moved to new pages.

EDEN topic pages are dynamic. The flow of pages to the live Web site is managed by the Web manager, with considerable deference given to those EDEN committees and boards designated by EDEN Executive to provide guidance. To maintain credibility of the system, the Web manager requires page authors to work in teams and to collaborate on reviewing their content. Individual pages submitted for publication should include in the submission notes the names of two colleagues who have reviewed the page. In addition, individual new or revised pages submitted for publication will be reviewed by a copy editor, before, or within 24 hours of, being posted.

Last Updated:7/21/2011 5:50 PM

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