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How to use ARMACAD (part 1) - Newsfeed, DDL and Events


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ARMACAD is an academic, educational, job and cultural news and announcements publishing system which regularly distributes announcements concerning summer schools, conferences, trainings, scholarships, awards and vacancies.

All users can access academic news search options and many tools to facilitate the search process inside ARMACAD web page.

This article presents the details and features of ARMACAD’s newsfeed on the left side of ARMACAD web page.

In ARMACAD’s newsfeed the articles appear in 3 different ways: in home page the articles are sorted by their chronology of appearance by default, e.g. the recent published article appears on the top of the news list of Newsfeed section.

Right next to the Newsfeed you can find the DDL button, which will help the users to see the article by their approaching deadline (DDL = Deadline). This is to say, if today is the penultimate day of any month then by pressing the DDL button on the top you will see the name of the current month and all the articles having the same day as a deadline. Afterwards the user can see the articles having the deadline for the next day, which appears to be the last day of the month.

By going down and looking through the articles having the deadline of the current month the user can see the name of the next month written in big letters and the articles sorted by their deadline order. Overall, the DDL button gives an opportunity to look through the articles of the Newsfeed and know that first appeared articles should be applied as soon as possible. The most important is the surprise that awaits all those who will look through the articles of the DDL section to the bitter end. Once all such articles are done, the users can see “Archive” written in big letters and articles that have expired deadlines sorted by the closest deadline. If there was published an article in ARMACAD web page with application deadline expiring 25 months after the current date then in the DDL section it will appear after going down all the 25 months and only after that the "Archive" section will appear.

Such an opportunity is given to the user to make clear that no article and no opportunity will be missed and assure the fact that visiting ARMACAD page is necessary on daily basis. ARMACAD = Never miss an opportunity!

The third section is called Events. Here the articles are shown according their start date. On the top of the Events section the user will see the articles about events and programs that have the closest launch date. If you click on the Events button today, then on the top you will see the programs that start today then will appear articles about events which start tomorrow and so on. This section does not have an Archive section.

So, all ARMACAD articles appear in Newsfeed section, those articles that have deadlines appear in DDL section and those that have a start date can be found in Events section. If one article has both deadline and the start date then it will appear simultaneously in DDL and Events sections.

For example, if there is an article published about a conference that will launch on any month and for applying there is a deadline then the given article will appear in Newsfeed, DDL and Events sections. If there is an article published about a conference that will have a start day but no deadline, then it will not appear in DDL section but will be seen in Events section. If there is an article published about a scholarship which will have only a deadline, then it will appear first in Newsfeed and then in the DDL section and will not be seen in Events section.

Finally, if there are news and articles that have neither deadline nor start date (such an example is this article about the detailed description of how to use ARMACAD), these articles will appear only in Newsfeed without appearing in DDL and Events sections.

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