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The ECOSENSUS Project: Co-Evolving Tools, Practices and Open Content for Participatory Natural Resource Management

Berardi, Andrea; Bachler, Michelle; Bernard, Calvin; Buckingham Shum, Simon; Ganapathy, Savitha; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Reynolds, Martin and Ulrich, Werner (2006). The ECOSENSUS Project: Co-Evolving Tools, Practices and Open Content for Participatory Natural Resource Management. In: Second International Conference on e-Social Science, 28-30 June 2006, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

ECOSENSUS (Electronic/Ecological Collaborative Sensemaking Support System)[www.ecosensus.info] is an ESRC e-Social Science pilot project, using a Participatory Action Research methodology to evolve tools and work practices for collaborative work in environmental and natural resource management between a European-based team, and stakeholders involved in the region of concern, the North Rupununi District of Guyana. To promote long term capacity building in the region and beyond, the project's outputs will be disseminated as open source learning resources. Given the disparities in knowledge and power in such a project, central to our work are issues of stakeholder empowerment in the geographical modelling, interpretation and decision making practices that constitute environmental management. We argue that in e-Science, such factors have yet to receive much attention. This paper reports work accomplished to date: progress towards an environment which integrates GIS modelling with participatory deliberation about the implications of the models, and reactions from the indigenous Amerindians to this tool.

Item Type: Conference Item
Extra Information: Presentation and main paper can be found at: http://www.ncess.ac.uk/events/conference/2006/papers/
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
eSTEeM
Item ID: 2692
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 08:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/2692
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