Introducing The Resource Finder
On April 29, 2009 we launched The BioLogos Forum (then called “Science & the Sacred”) with a fairly modest goal: to post one new essay on the interface between science and faith each week. As the BioLogos movement grew, however, that one essay target quickly turned into two essays a week, then three, until we were posting new essays almost every day! Today, our humble blog has grown to include nearly 1,200 posts. Factor in our scholarly essays, videos, and Questions section and you have a site practically overflowing with content.
However, with so much content on the site, older posts—even the best ones—often became lost in the shuffle. So we asked ourselves two questions: How do we give our visitors access to our vast archive of resources, and how do we make sure they are finding the resources that address their most pressing questions?
The answer is our new Resource Finder.
The Resource Finder rests on a foundation of 41 topic tags, covering everything from Genesis to genetics to worship. By selecting any topic, users can find the posts addressing the issues that interest them. Looking for more detail? Users can also narrow their results by choosing an intended audience and format, or by adding more topics to the search.
Here’s an example: Say you’re looking for resources about creation and origins. Just click the “Creation & Origins” tag, and the matching results appear below almost instantly.
You can refine the results by adding a second tag to the search. Let’s add “Genesis”. The results will list all the entries that match both tags first, followed by posts that match either. You can change the list to include only results that match all selected tags by choosing “All” rather than “Any” at the top of the tag list.
Lastly, let’s pick a format and intended audience. How about videos for pastors?
And there you have it! From over 1,300 resources, we’ve found five specific videos, geared towards pastors, that address both Genesis and origins. Want to share the results? Just copy and paste the link from your browser! Even better, by click the orange RSS button in the top left corner of the page, you can create a custom feed for Google Reader (or any other RSS reader) that will let you know whenever a new resource matching those categories goes live on our website!
We’re excited to see what the BioLogos community thinks about the Resource Finder, and even more excited to see how it will impact the ongoing dialogue about science and Christian faith. So have a look and share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Stephen Mapes served as webmaster for BioLogos from 2009 to 2013. He received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and English from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. At ENC, Stephen was a teaching assistant for a general education science class about evolutionary theory and its relation to Christian faith. He was part of the web development team for the former Science & Theology News (which ceased publication in 2006) and has written for Science & Religion Today, a website aimed at a general audience. Stephen is currently pursuing graduate studies in mathematics at the University of California, San Diego.