First Phase of CEPOL e-Net Launched

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14 March 2008

During the Governing Board meeting in February 2008 in Slovenia, the Secretariat informed the Board about the implementation of the new Electronic Network. It was announced that the first phase of the new e-Net would be launched before 1 April 2008 and CEPOL is pleased to announce that the first phase was launched into production today, Friday 14 March 2008 – visit:
www.cepol.europa.eu .

The aim of the new electronic platform is to bring all existing systems (CEPOL-eDoc, EPDN, EPKN, EPSN and the website) together under one ‘roof’ and allow users access to all systems by entering one username and password.

The system allows users to be given certain permissions to access the areas relevant to their CEPOL work.

The launch of the first phase includes the migration of the previous website to a Content Management System (CMS), a new Discussion Forum and a ‘Live Chat’ Facility.

Two further phases - to include the e-Library (CEPOL-eDoc replacement) and e-Learning as well as a Workspace (Document Management System), will be launched later.

The system is currently being developed by an Italian company, JAM Sistemi, who won the electronic platform tender last year and has been extensively tested by users from CEPOL’s Working Groups and the e-Net Reference Group.

To access e-Net please visit:
www.cepol.europa.eu where users will see the public website. In order to access the other areas of e-Net – restricted website, Discussion Forum and Live Chat - users will need to log-in at:
http://www.cepol.europa.eu/index.php?id=register-login .

Users already registered in the previous website can access e-Net, using the same username as before but should note that they will need to use a generic password: cepol++ to access the system for the first time. Once logged-in, users are asked to update their personal data and choose a new password. For security reasons, users who have not updated their passwords by Friday 28 March 2008 will be disabled.

New users wishing to gain access to e-Net should register via the website at:
http://www.cepol.europa.eu/index.php?id=register-login . Once approved, users will receive an email notification.

Any users experiencing problems should email:

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Visitors to the website may notice some minor changes due to the migration to a Content Management System (CMS) but the overall design and layout has been kept as close as possible to the previous website. The CMS provides a range of functionalities not available in the previous systems, including news by topic, an RSS feed for news and categorisation of courses, for example.

Four key topics have been developed for the general Discussion Forum. Users are encouraged to use the Forum to share best practice and information.

All registered users can then view and partake in the general discussions but if topics are missing, users are welcome to make suggestions for new topics by emailing:

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There will also be dedicated ‘closed areas’ developed in the Discussion Forum for Committees, Working Groups and Sub-groups.

The ‘Live Chat’ facility allows users to informally chat with other users online in real-time. It is an additional feature to the Discussion Forum to be used when users want to have a computer-meeting on a specific topic, for example. It is also possible to arrange a ‘Live Chat’ in advance with a specific group of people.

Ulf Göransson, CEPOL Director, said: “Launching the first phase of e-Net is a big step forward in bringing the different CEPOL systems together under one roof to simplify networking for users in the CEPOL environment. Any system, however, can only as good as the input from users so I would encourage all members of the network to utilise and promote this great resource.”

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