In the recent past, a great number of online platforms have been introduced on the market showing different characteristics and services. A series of features should be taken into account when one evaluates online platforms, starting from their functionality and usability in the context of the human, social and cultural organization within which it is to be used. The analysis of the features of a system is not sufficient. It is important to understand how they are integrated to facilitate the online platform functionality and what principles are applied to guide the way a system is used. Different online platforms have been developed to help RUFORUM to execute its objectives. Some of the platforms developed include online African Agricultural Higher Education Capacities Indicator Platform (HEACI), RUFORUM Information Management Systems (RIMS), Impact Platform, the RUFORUM blog, knowledge repository, websites and social media platforms, all which contribute towards RUFORUM’s vision. This paper evaluates RUFORUM online platforms in terms of the accessibility, usability, information security, report submission, policy, visibility/ dissemination, schedule management, participant management and connection with social networks.
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RUFORUM Working document series