Supporting Learning & Information Sharing in Natural Resource Management with Technologies for Electronic Documents
Leila Alem, Alistair McLean, CSIRO ICT, Australia
International Journal on E-Learning Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Community participation is central to achieving sustainable natural resource management. A prerequisite to informed participation is that community and stakeholder groups have access to different knowledge sources, are more closely attuned to the different issues and viewpoints, and are sufficiently equipped to understand and maybe resolve complex issues (salinity, ecosystem stability, erosion, grazing, nutrients, etc). Our project objective is to research and develop methods and technologies for supporting learning and information sharing among community members. The backbone of such an environment is an open, dynamic and evolving knowledge map composed of documents, knowledge models (ecosystems models, data models) and people information. Users are able to navigate through electronic resources via the evolving knowledge map and so gain greater understanding of the relationships, issues, relevant information sources and people, thus enabling them to hold more informed discussions. This paper describes our research framework and our initial implementation and evaluation in the context of a case study in Douglas Shire: a sugar cane area in far north Queensland.
Alem, L. & McLean, A. (2005). Supporting Learning & Information Sharing in Natural Resource Management with Technologies for Electronic Documents. International Journal on E-Learning, 4(1), 7-32. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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