What do we mean by "Gem" ? Simply put, a Gem is a share-worthy item - something which can be shared with individuals or organisations. Typically, it will be something very useful; perhaps it's innovative, or maybe it's simply tried and tested. Nevertheless, it has proven useful to you, and it will be, when shared, useful to others.
If you can see that other landcare groups, networks or landcare staff could benefit from your Gem then it is a good candidate for inclusion in the Landcare Share Center. Keep in mind that Gems are meant to be very simple bits of information that others will find useful - they should not be complex, and in fact they are more likely to be more useful the simpler they are.
Furthermore, bear in mind that the internet is a source of a massive amount of information, some of which is very useful, and equally some of which is not. Trawling the internet for useful information is relatively straightforward using a search engine. The Landcare Share Centre does not attempt to replace the internet, nor to simply act as a portal to other sites on the web. The Landcare Share Centre complements the internet, and (here's the thing), its Gems are those things which landcarers have, through real world application, identified as probably being useful to other landcarers.
The examples below provide some common types of Gem along with the sort of information you will need to provide.
The useful resource category typically includes things like a Landcare Field Guides or information sheets that your group has developed and found useful. Options for what you offer might include one or more of the following:
Landcare is full of great ideas, Some examples:
Useful contacts are people you know of that you have found useful and that you think could be useful to other groups, networks of landcare staff. Contacts can include people who are willing to volunteer or people who provide a professional service - the key thing is that you have found them useful and you believe others could also benefit. Some examples:
Your group may have an idea that makes more sense if you can get others interested, some examples might include:
The Landcare Share Centre is grassroots Landcare supporting grassroots Landcare
The Share Centre is a service provided by Landcare Victoria Incorporated (LVI)