ERIC Number: EJ724653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Supporting Learning and Information Sharing in Natural Resource Management with Technologies for Electronic Documents
Alem, Leila; McLean, Alistair
International Journal on E-Learning, v4 n1 p7-20 2005
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 to 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.
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Information Management, Methods, Community Involvement, Natural Resources, Methods Research, Case Studies, Foreign Countries
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia