External Content Elements

The "External Content" group contains just two elements that draw their data from some other source, either across the NPS or outside of NPS.
  • Bibliographic elements
    Three different ways for you to curate a list of references in the Integrated Resources Management Application (IRMA) and list those resources (with links back to IRMA). Great for footnotes/references to a scientific-minded article or web page.
  • Current weather & forecast
    Pull an area forecast from NOAA / weather.gov using this simple element.
  • Park planning element
    A way to advertise to the public what documents are open for public comment and review for a park or several parks.
  • Park species list
    This draws from the IRMA NPSpecies site and shows the species living in a given park or several parks.
  • NASA "Spot the Station" widget
    Because we love NASA, and because they have a simple tool that lets you figure out if you can see the space station from a given place, there is an element that parks can use to let their visitors know when to look up to see the space station.
  • USAJob element
    Draws on data from USAJobs.gov to show job openings for a given area (a park, a zip code, a state, etc).
  • Volunteer element
    Draws on data from volunteer.gov to show volunteer positions for one or more parks.

Bibliography Elements

There are three types of bibliographic elements, all pulling certain kinds of data from IRMA (Integrated Resources Management Applications) Data Store.
  • Projects: A list of documents grouped together as a "project" in IRMA.
  • Report Series: A list of documents grouped together as a series of reports in IRMA.
  • Collections / saved searches: The most flexible type, allowing you to manually curate your own collections (or to do a search and then save the results), and then display those citations in a bibliographic style.
This can be a particularly nice way to save yourself some labor; instead of uploading a document to IRMA and to a park website, just cite the IRMA instance from your website. (But, don't forget that all uploaded documents must meet accessibility standards).

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  • The panel gains a title based on the project(s) it is displaying from IRMA.
  • The panel can be expanded or collapsed initially, based on how you wish to configure it.

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Source: Data Store Saved Search 2504. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Lost and Found Element Instructions (NPS only) | Return to top of the page

Park Planning Element (PEPC)

Below is a PEPC element. It can be configured to show data for one or more parks. In this example, it is configured to look up all the parks in Alaska*.
  • The top section of the element will display any documents in the PEPC system which are currently open for comment. If none are, a default message displays to say that there is currently nothing open for public comment.
  • The lower section of the element offers a link to the document archive for whatever park(s) you typed into the element when you configured it.
Every park should add this element to their main Planning page, within the Get Involved section of their site; as well as any other relevant area that they deem appropriate.

* Ok, it's not showing 100% of the parks in Alaska, due to laziness of the web author setting up this example.

Documents Open for Public Review

    Other Plans and Projects

    Additional projects may be listed on the following pages:

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    Park Species List

    The example below shows the park species element. This calls upon data from IRMA's NPSpecies program, and you can configure it to show results from one or more parks. You'll note that it does not have any kind of optional or required header, so if you want to add a header (and maybe some descriptive text), use a text element above the park species element to do so.

    Before using, be sure to check with your local biologists to ensure your park(s) data in NPSpecies is accurate and up-to-date. Any changes made in NPSpecies will be reflected automatically in this element, however, so once you add it to your site, you won't need to think about it again.

    Select a Park:

    Select a Species Category (optional):

    List Differences

    Search results will be displayed here.

    Visit NPSpecies for more comprehensive information and advanced search capability. Have a suggestion or comment on this list? Let us know.

    Park species element instructions (NPS only) | Return to top of the page

    Spot the Station Element

    Below is a widget developed by NASA. You can add this to a page on your website by configuring it to show details for a given park.

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    Optional intro text, where you can add some context to seeing the International Space Station from your park.

    Current Job Opportunities

    This is the intro text field. After it is a default block of text that starts "Applications for jobs..." so keep that in mind.

    USAJob element instructions (NPS only) | Return to top of the page

    Volunteer Element

    The example below shows a volunteer element configured to display results pertaining to all the parks in Alaska. Results can be limited to a single park, and this element is a must-have on your park's Volunteer page.

    Current Volunteer Opportunities

    Current Weather & Forecast Element

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    Last updated: August 22, 2022