The IBPF site provides a basic keyword search for finding particular content. The search field is located in the top right corner of all pages. Entering a key word into the field and then hitting enter or clicking on the icon will initiate a search. The results page of all entries that contain that term will appear, generally with the most recent entry at the top of the list.

On the IBPF web portal, registered IBPF members can view public content, the list of all member organizations, the list of members, and members-only content (PROJECTS, BEST PRACTICES, EXERCISES, MEETINGS). Members also can view and post in "FORUMS" and submit members-only content.

By clicking on the "CONTACT US" button, an IBPF member can send a message to a Portal Administrator.

Public users can request membership in the IBPF by clicking the "Join IBPF" button in the top right corner. Clicking on "Join IBPF" button will display the form, which has some required information, and also some optional information. Once your application is submitted. Review your email steps to log in.

Responsibilities for managing IBPF membership accounts and member-supplied site content are divided into two separate sequences of events. Within each sequence, all membership requests and all content submittals must go through a two-step process to be approved first by someone within the requester's organization (POC) and then secondarily by a designee of the IBPF Leadership (Site). Members with these roles will receive an e-mail notification if there are requests pending their review.

Much of the content on the IBPF web portal-both on the public and private sides-is grouped, filtered, and searched based on two factors: Content type, and tags.

These areas of the web portal all function in a manner similar to each other so they are described together. Content on the "NEWS" and "RESOURCES" pages generally is listed with the most recent entry displayed at the top. "EVENTS" generally are listed in chronological order. The "NEWS" and "RESOURCES" entries that can be viewed on the IBPF web portal are managed by a Site Content Reviewer. "EVENTS" that can be viewed on the IBPF web portal are public meetings or conferences submitted by an IBPF member to be published on the publicly accessible site.

The "FORUMS" menu opens a page with a list of discussion forums and a link suggest a New Forum Category. Members can also comment on an active forum topic.

The content of the IBPF web portal reflects the collaborative efforts of the members. Public users have access to public content only. Registered IBPF members can login to see members-only content. Specific roles and permissions can be granted to IBPF members to enable them to perform site management tasks such as submitting, reviewing, and/or approving content or accounts. The roles of IBPF web portal users and their related functional capabilities are shown below.