How to Demonstrate the FESTA Advisor


This document describes how to demonstrate the features of the FESTA advisor.


  1. Start the Firefox browser.

    The FESTA Advisor’s knowledge base view currently does not display properly with Internet Explorer or Chrome.

  2. Visit (note the trailing “/”).

    This will display the FESTA wiki home page. Note: there is a link to this document at the bottom of the page.

  3. Click the “Aspire advisor” Link in the left panel (the fourth bullet point under the FESTA logo).

    This will display the FESTA Advisor’s consultation page, which presents the “Career Stage Interview” under the “Career Profile heading (with five questions), and a hierarchical”feature model" view under the “Recommendations” heading.

  4. Under “Career Stage” select the “Early career” radio button.

    This will result in the number ‘1’ appearing next to the “Career Stage” label. No Recommendations will be made, however, as all the recommendations depend on the answers to the remaining questions.

  5. Select “Networking” then the “Local” radio button.

    Two patterns will be highlighted in blue as recommendations:

    • Acquire International Visibility
    • Extend Your Networks
  6. Select “Acquire International Visibility” from the Recommendations.

    This will display a pattern page; of interest is the “Evidence Strength” field in the “Pattern Attributes” box, which in this case is “Anecdotal” due to the cited evidence being the quotation shown in the main panel.

  7. Go back to the “Consultation” page and select “Extend your networks” from the Recommendations.

    Note that this pattern has “Literature” as the evidence source, “Valid” for evidence strength, in the “Pattern Attributes” box.

    The “Trigger” field indicates that this pattern will be recommended whenever the “need_networking” fact has been asserted, which occurs under any of the following conditions:

    1. When the answer to “Networking” is “Local” or “National.”
    2. When the answer to “Research Visibility” is “Local” or “National.”
    3. When the answer to “Highest position” is “Course directory” or “Dean.”
  8. Go back to the “Consultation” page and select “Publication strategy” then then “No.”

    This will result in four new recommendations:

    • Publish strategically
    • Know what is valued
    • Prioritize
    • Publishing right journals

    Also, the previous two recommendations are now colored green.

  9. Select “Publish strategically” to view another pattern (the others are just placeholders and so won’t show any interesting information).

    Note that the “Trigger” field in the “Pattern Attributes” has “career_stage == 1” as a clause, meaning this pattern will only be recommended to Early Career researchers.

  10. Go back to the “Consultation” page and select “Career Stage” then then “Mid career.”

    The “Publish strategically” pattern is no longer recommended, but two new patterns are:

    • Obtain patronage
    • Useful professional contacts
  11. Select “Obtain patronage” to view another pattern (“Useful professional contacts” is just a placeholder).

  12. Select “Research Visibility” then “Local” or “National.”

    This will result in two new recommendations:

    • Follow rules
    • Family support

    Both of these are placeholders so won’t show any useful information if selected.

  13. Select “Highest position” then “Course director” or “Dean.”

    “Family support” (another placeholder) will be recommended.


At the bottom of the “Consultation” page is a navigation bar.

Navigation Links

Navigation Links

These link to pages that show different views of the recommendations:

  • ‘f’ and ‘f2’ show a large scrollable view of the pattern hierarchy, with recommendations highlighted in color. This view is easier to read. The difference between the view is only the title: the ‘f’ page is titled “Knowledge Base” while the ‘f2’ page is titled “Recommendations.”
  • ‘c’ displays the “Consultation” page.
  • ‘r’ displays the recommended patterns in a list format; each entry is a link to the pattern page.
  • “<<” and “>>” are “next” and “previous” links.

The “Categories” link in the left panel presents different views of the wiki pages. Selecting “FeatureGroup” shows the inner nodes of the pattern hierarchy. Alternately, selecting “Pattern” shows a flat list of all the patterns.

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