[ALA-Portal] Remote support sessions to help Living Atlas developers bootstrapping and launching their new national or thematic data portal.

Marie Elise Lecoq melecoq at vertnet.org
Tue Oct 15 19:38:45 CET 2019

Dear all,

One of the feedback that we get from the LA community is to improve and
simplify the implementation of a new LA data portal. To achieve this,
Vicente Ruiz Jurado, technical coordinator of the LA community, put in
place a procedure based on remote sessions to bootstrap and/or launch a new
LA instance within an institution.

It will help newcomers to have an overview of the LA modules, but it will
also support developers who want to install new modules on their platform
or launch their data portal in production.

The sessions will be prepared and guided remotely by Vicente in
coordination with the institution developers. The remote session will be
divided typically in two half-days or more depending on the node

We propose two options:


   the deployment of a demo with several VMs. It will be helpful for
   newcomers or participants that need a demo data portal to show to their
   institution's decision-makers or to evaluate their future hardware or
   software requirements. The demo VMs, hosted by the GBIF Spain, will be kept
   for a few weeks after the session (depending on the other nodes necessities
   for similar help);

   the guidance of participants during the first deployment in their real
   production machines.

During the sessions, the participants and Vicente will use the ala-install
ansible repository <https://github.com/AtlasOfLivingAustralia/ala-install>
with the help of the Living Atlas Ansible Generator

Already 3 participants did these remote sessions for deploying their demos
and/or their production nodes:


   Biodiversity Atlas of Living Austria (@Georg);

   Biodiversity Atlas of Living Tanzania (@Finian Mwalongo, @Gerald Francis
   or @Meshack Victor);

   The Vermont Center for Ecostudies <https://vtecostudies.org/> in the US
   (@Jason Loomis).

We encourage you to contact them through Slack to have their feedback on
their remote workshops.

You will find more information about the procedure in this document
and the technical instructions here

Please contact Vicente by email (vjrj at gbif.es) or via Slack (@vjrj) for
future sessions.

If you have any questions or if you don’t have access to the Slack channel (
atlaslivingaustralia.slack.com), please contact Vicente or Marie-Elise
Lecoq (melecoq at vertnet.org). We will be happy to help you as much as we

Best regards,
Marie-Elise and Vicente
Marie-Elise Lecoq
Administrative coordinator - Living Atlases community
Developer - VertNet
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