SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:44:29 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10209 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10209 ]]> WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:01:49 +0000 Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: WikiDocJames http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10208 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10208
If we look at Akvopedia we see that its article on the dry toilet has received 10,474 views in English since Mar 2009 www.akvopedia.org/s_wiki/index.php?title...ilet&action=info The Wikipedia article on the same topic Pit toilet has receive 13,143 views in the last 3 months (the numbers for Wikipedia do not contain mobile views, not sure about Akvopedia)

Akvopedia has content in 3 languages. Wikipedia has content in 6 languages and soon to be 100 languages as this is one of the articles we plan to translate. Wikipedia exists in 278 languages. If we look at ecompendium we notice it is copyrighted thus not compatible with the other two which are under open licenses. This means that it is much harder to translate into other languages.

With respect to who Wikipedia's audience is, it is the general population. This means that it is for both members of the lay public and professionals. We know for example that Wikipedia is the single most used information source for medical students and is used by 50-70% of practicing physicians. The way we structure our content is we try to have the lead as a simple overview. The body of the article for a well educated person. And sub articles for those who wish professional level detail. Our article on schizophrenia is a good example of this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia

So I am going to be a little controversial and argue that e-compendium and AKVOpedia are the duplication of effort. Writing something only matters if those who need the information can and do read it. I would love to see Wikipedia's sanitation content improved. And welcome those from here to join us. An additional benefit of contributing to Wikipedia is that a number of mobile companies have agreed to provide free access for 350 million people in the developing world via cellphones. This means that they can access the information without data charges.

If a gentleman from Kenya can build an airplane based on material from Wikipedia image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/...2/03/declowerint.pdf I am sure others can build windmills, toilets and irrigation systems. We just need the information to be available for when they are looking for it in a language that they understand.

James Heilman]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:00:29 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10181 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10181 But it is more about information that is useful to the general public and as an entry point for more in-depth studies. It should definitely link to places like the e-compendium, SuSanA and AKVOpedia (to name a few), but more or less duplicating that content on the Wikipedia just adds one more place for "data maintenance".

Individual health information (as opposed to public health or sanitation information) is of much more use to the general public, and having a relatively neutral and crowd-reviewed place for it like the Wikipedia should ensure that less advertisements for specific drugs or non-scientific "cures" are included in what you find.]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:42:03 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10177 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10177
I don't see why people would use Wikipedia only for health-related information but not for sanitation-related information? In any case, sanitation should be part of public health information, shouldn't it (most obvious with respect to hand-washing and behavioral aspects).

The main advantages I see for Wikipedia compared to Akvopedia/eCompendium (same thing; Akvopedia was just a 1:1 copy of the compendium), or compared to IWA's Water Wiki pages:
  • Novices, students and the general public are more likely to look on Wikipedia because they don't even know about Akvopedia or eCompendium or SSWM or Water Wiki... The Wikipedia pages could then link them to the other pages, including this forum!
  • There is a potential for many more authors who might edit the Wikipedia pages compared to editing IWA Water Wiki pages or Akvopedia pages (and eCompendium pages are not meant to be edited by "the crowd" if I understand correctly).

I see Wikipedia as THE resource for all knowledge that people are looking for in any field. I can see it from my own behaviour that I always turn to Wikipedia first when I want to know something in a field that I am not familiar with.

That's why I find it so interesting that our health colleagues are finding innovative ways of getting the health related Wikipedia pages better, for example by including the editing of Wikipedia pages in the university courses of medical students (quotes taken from my post above):

we have partnered with the University of California San Francisco College of Medicine in the offering of a 4 week elective to 4th year medical students that involves improving Wikipedia...


and by incentivising academics to write on Wikipedia:

we have begun working with the journals Open Medicine and Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) to have Wikipedia articles formally peer reviewed and published under the authors real names...


To me, this is awesome stuff.

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:06:17 +0000
Re: Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10175 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10175 WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:25:47 +0000 Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength - can we do the same for sanitation (together with others)? - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10174 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/10174-health-information-on-wikipedia-is-going-from-strength-to-strength-can-we-do-the-same-for-sanitation-together-with-others#10174 forum.susana.org/forum/categories/53-fae...2&start=12#10172) I want to ask the question can we use Wikipedia better to spread reliable information about sanitation?

I recently saw this on the HIFA2015 Dgroups and am wondering: can we do something similar for sanitation? How can we access those kinds of funds or volunteers to make a concentrated effort to improve the sanitation information that is on Wikipedia? If we linked ourselves more to the health professionals, can we perhaps jump onto their bandwaggon? I think I want to become a Wikipedian now (new term for me).

Here is the post (emphasis in bold added by me)

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From: Neil Pakenham-Walsh, UK <neil.pakenham-walsh@ghi-net.org>
Date: 2014-08-31 10:41 GMT+02:00
Subject: [hifa2015] Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength
To: HIFA2015 - Healthcare Information For All by 2015 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Dear HIFA colleagues,

Below are extracts of a blog by HIFA member and wikipedian James Heilman (with thanks to Partnerships in Health Information). For those with immediate web access, the blog is freely available here: www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/blog/5-ways-wikip...nformation-improving

Health information on Wikipedia is going from strength to strength as a result of several collaborations described below. Wikipedia continues to innovate and includes initiatives such as Wikipedia Zero that aim to facilitate access to content for users in low and middle income countries. Congratulations to James and his colleagues at Wikipedia.



Best wishes,

Neil

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5 ways Wikipedia's health information is improving


With Wikipedia's health care pages receiving nearly 5 billion views in 2013 it is one of the most used global sources of health care information. However its content is not always consistently high quality. Why is this and how can it be improved?...


Another benefit of the Wikipedia model is an effort known as Wikipedia Zero. This is a collaboration with mobile phone companies where customers in the developing world have access to Wikipedia free of data charges...


1. The Cochrane collaboration and Wikipedia began officially working together in 2013. This has involved the hiring of a Wikipedian in Residence by the Collaboration and the making available of 100 free accounts to Wikipedians...


2. While Wikipedia is in 286 languages the amount of medical content available in languages other than English and a few major European languages is limited. To address this we have been working with Translators Without Borders since 2011...


3. We know that one of the major groups of individuals that use Wikipedia's medical content are medical students. Surveys have found that Wikipedia is their single most used medical resource... we have partnered with the University of California San Francisco College of Medicine in the offering of a 4 week elective to 4th year medical students that involves improving Wikipedia...


4. One concern often raised is that editing Wikipedia does not give academics credit to those involved. To address this we have begun working with the journals Open Medicine and Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) to have Wikipedia articles formally peer reviewed and published under the authors real names...


5. ... Wikipedia and the NIH [National Institutes of Health] ... have been working together on creating simple definitions for disease.

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And a related post on the same Dgroup:

From: James Heilman, USA
Date: 2014-09-01 15:07 GMT+02:00
Subject: [hifa2015] Wikipedia Working to get Ebola Content into as Many Languages as Possible
To: HIFA2015 - Healthcare Information For All by 2015 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


We at Wikipedia are busy translating content on Ebola as well as many other key diseases into as many languages as we can find volunteers per here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...anslation_Task_Force


A list of articles we have already translated are here

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...ation_task_force/RTT(Simplified)

and here

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...ation_task_force/RTT


We have recently added a new collaborator to our efforts, Rubric who have volunteered their expertise and helped us get content into an additional dozen or so African languages.


We are hoping that this is just a start. These languages of Wikipedia do not belong to us from the English speaking world, they belong to the people who speak them. They belong to the people that join and become the communities that run them. We hope that if you know one of these languages that you will join those already involved or help develop a community if one does not already exist. Grassroots efforts to develop healthcare content, through models such as Wikipedia, IMO is the only way we will achieve health care information for all in the language of one's choosing.



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James Heilman

MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian

The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine

www.opentextbookofmedicine.com




HIFA profile: James Heilman is a Wikipedian and works with Wiki Project Med Foundation, a charity whose mission is to make clear, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date educational resources and information in the biomedical and related social sciences freely available to all people in the language of their choice. He is an Emergency Room Physician in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia.

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To send a message to the HIFA forum, simply send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are grateful to The Lancet, Elsevier, mPowering Frontline Health Workers and Intel Corporation for their generous support for the development of the new HIFA Voices database, to be launched in July 2014: www.hifa2015.org/knowledge-base/

HIFA2015: Healthcare Information For All by 2015: www.hifa2015.org

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WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:35:53 +0000
Working Group 1 meeting - next Saturday 6th Sept 11:45-13:00 - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9970 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9970
Please find attached the agenda for our upcoming meeting on next Saturday 6th Sept 11:45-13:00.

For general information on the meeting and to learn how to get there, please visit the meeting page.
If you can not attend, be aware of the life streaming and the opportunity of online participation!

Kind regards and looking forwards to seeing you soon!

Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:59:28 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: CeciliaRodrigues http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9633 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9633
Just came across an event organized by the ABCON (Associação Brasielira das Concessionárias de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto) and SINDCON (Sindicato Brasileiro das Concessionárias de Serviços Públicos de Água e Esgoto) - 5° Encontro Nacional das Águas. I checked the program and I found a presentation that matches with your research interests:

Projeto PROBIOGÁS - iniciativas para o aproveitamento energético do biogás em ETEs, by Victor B. Valente - GIZ (15.08 at 15:00)

It will take place next week in São Paulo: www.abconsindcon.com.br/ena/. Even if you are not taking part, perhaps it's an good contact here in Brazil to start with.

The full programme: www.abconsindcon.com.br/ena/downloads/pr...macao-04-08-2014.pdf

Also, I am finding good reference material regarding fecal sludge composting at the PROSAB - Programa de Pesquisa em Saneamento Básico website. There might be also few things on biogas production from wastewater treatment plants.(www.finep.gov.br/Prosab/index.html).

Good luck!
Cecília.]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:09:28 +0000
Re: A dissertation on: Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) - by: tantinayono http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9433-a-dissertation-on-sustainability-based-sanitation-planning-tool-susta#9443 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9433-a-dissertation-on-sustainability-based-sanitation-planning-tool-susta#9443
I try to answer the question in your e-mail regarding the last step of SusTA: sustainability-oriented technology assessment:

1. To evaluate the technology options, a set of sustainability-based technology assessment indicators is used. This set of indicators, described in Step 4 of SusTA, is equipped with fulfillment conditions (a certain condition, describing what is considered as high-medium-low fulfillment of a technology into a certain context. See Table 9.7 in the dissertation). These fulfillment conditions are defined by users, operators, regulation and planner- depending on their relevancy into particular issues. Therefore it is very important to involve all these stakeholders in the project level, in order to know what is defined as sustainable for their context.

2. Technology options to be evaluated are gained from screening criteria (Figure 10.1 in the dissertation), as the results of Step 2.b of (distance-to-target analysis) and step 3.b (physical, social-economic examination). This screening process is to help the planners to narrow down the options to be analyzed for a particular context. But one can also put other technology options as one wishes, e.g. for comparison.

3. Technology assessment matrices (see Appendix 3 in the dissertation) are used to evaluate the technologies as systems (from user interface to the end product). Basically each matrix evaluates how far a system meets the fulfillment conditions. These matrices provide comprehensive insight on the effects of technologies and clarify all the consequences. Data to fill the matrices is gained from household questionnaire and interviews (see Appendix 1); own surveys and calculation (see Appendix 4); and literature (particularly for technology facts).

4. The results of the matrices can be plotted into a rose-chart diagram (Figure 10.16). One can select a technology based on single indicator (e.g. acceptance, removal efficiency); particular issue (e.g. cost, OM, resources recovery) or as an entire dimension. The most important thing is that the transparencies are already provided in the matrices, so that the decision-makers will know the consequences of their choice.

I hope this explanation helps.

Regards,
Tanti]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:49:52 +0000
A dissertation on: Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) - by: tantinayono http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9433-a-dissertation-on-sustainability-based-sanitation-planning-tool-susta#9433 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9433-a-dissertation-on-sustainability-based-sanitation-planning-tool-susta#9433
This is my first posting in the forum. My name is Tanti, I am from Indonesia. I was a PhD student at Department of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I did my PhD in the frame of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Indonesia Project, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

I developed a Sustainability-based Sanitation Planning Tool (SusTA) for developing countries. This tool is to assist decision-makers to select the most sustainable sanitation system for their contexts. The idea started from the findings during my work in the project. I noticed that there is a fragmented view to see a sustainability of a sanitation technology. Most decision-makers will ‘judge’ the sustainability of a technology, merely based on environmental consideration, namely the ability of a technology to recover the resources. Based on the Helmholtz Concept of Sustainability, I try to offer a comprehensive view to see sustainability, using two sets of indicators. One set to detect the current sanitation-related problems and another set to select a sanitation technology.

SusTA enables the decision-makers to define sustainable technology for their context. There is a common understanding on what considered sustainable in the global context is. But it is very important for decision-makers to recognize what is considered sustainable for their context. Therefore I equipped the set of technology assessment indicators with fulfillment conditions for specific context. I also provide hints for adaptation, if this set of indicators will be used for another context.

If you are interested, you can find my dissertation on:
e-pub.uni-weimar.de/opus4/frontdoor/index/index/docId/2222

The dissertation consists of the methodological part on the development of SusTA, and the final product: SusTA itself. I plan to make a summary regarding SusTA with its five steps and tool elements for the rush readers. I hope it will be ready by September 2014.

Regards from Indonesia,
Tanti]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:22:08 +0000
Re: SuSanA Meeting and Working Group 1 Meeting at the SWWW 2014 (Stockholm World Water Week, Sweden) - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9431 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9431 www.susana.org/lang-en/meetings/18th-sus...ing-stockholm-sweden
(see also: forum.susana.org/forum/categories?func=v...&limit=1000#9402)

Please use the comments field if you wish to participate in the WG1 meeting.

Regards
Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:32:42 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: JotaCarlos http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9422 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9422
thank you very much for your help!
The partnership is over, it happened just once. But still I try to contact some professors/researchers at the UNESCO-IHE. I am still waiting for answer (It is probably because the summer holidays in europe Like, holy days

You are right, the theme of the Fenasan are more about solid waste. As I am focused in wastewater it does not help much.. But thanks anyway.

I will keep trying. A professor in Sweden has sent me an email. It is a bit (just a bit) out of my goal, I am analysing the proposal. He got in contact through a student that saw my post, so thanks also whoever it is.

My best regards to all,
José]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:30:51 +0000
Tuula Tuhkanen form the Univerity of Jyväskylä, Finland - by: tuhkanen http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9376 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9192-susana-meeting-and-working-group-1-meeting-at-the-swww-2014-stockholm-world-water-week-sweden#9376
I try to attend the sessions on 5th or at least 6th of September. I would like to get new ideas/recourses to update our old Safe and Sustainable Sanitation Internet course. I am planning a new version "Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation", which is going to be offered for all Finnish universities via the Unipid network. www.unipid.fi/en/courses/.


Tuula Tuhkanen
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyvaskylä since 1.8.2013
(until that Tampere University of Technology)
Finland]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:12:49 +0000
Re: Water and sanitation courses at US universities - by: CeciliaRodrigues http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9317 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9317
Nice to hear from you. This partnership you mentioned was part of the 'Ciências sem Fronteiras' Programme. It was launched last year, but I can't tell if there will be a similar call this year. I applied and I got accepted by Unesco-IHE, but I didn't get the funding. It was for a full PhD programme, but I thing it would had been a better deal if it was a 'sandwich' for several reason, but specially to foster such topics in Brazilian research agenda.

I am from the governance side, so I am not aware of professors in your particular research field, but I can recommend you to have a look at the 'Sanitary Engineering' Chair Group: www.unesco-ihe.org/node/2495, you might also have a look at their staff's CVs. They can probably be of help!

It can be a bit off topic, but I checked recently the programme of the Fenasan (25° Feira Nacional de Saneamento e Meio Ambiente and 25° Congresso Nacional de Saneamento e Meio Ambiente). I remember reading something about biogas, but I think it was related to solid waste. If you feel like checking: www.fenasan.com.br/programacao2014.html


Good luck!
Cecília.]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:52:07 +0000
PhD programmes for students from Brazil? - by: JotaCarlos http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9308 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/9308-phd-programmes-for-students-from-brazil#9308
I am from Brazil, Minas Gerais, and I am quite interested in doing a Phd at the UNESCO-IHE. I have just contacted Mirs. Jolanda from the Admission Office last Monday and I am going to send all documents for evaluation as soon as possible.

I see this topic is a bit old, dated 2013 (forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-...the-usa-or-elsewhere) but I would like to ask if there is still a partnership between CAPES and the UNESCO-IHE institute?
Could you help me find a researcher (to be my supervisor) at UNESCO-IHE who has interest in production of biogas through wastewater treatment? If there isn't, I would be glad and very satisfied to work of wastewater treatment in any topic.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards,
Jose Carlos]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:57:36 +0000