CANRI Project Plans 2002-2003
Project # 34-WISE website application
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2 Short name or acronymWISE website application
WISE (Water Information System for the Environment) is an innovative software package for managing information on water for an entire catchment. WISE is a collection of everything published on a catchment linked to the catchment’s wetlands or estuaries, rivers and creeks or the catchment itself with multiple links and multimedia material. It has, at its core, several databases (primarily bibliographic, content and sites) and a multimedia system with photographs, videos and sound files. The system is produced as a CD-Rom with the Macquarie Catchment, Hacking, Barwon-Darling, and Namoi currently on sale, and Gwydir, Paroo and Warrego to be launched in the next few months. New projects include the Illawarra, Castlereagh and Lower Darling. The project was an agreed priority of Water CEOs. It will contribute to CANRI principles and the New South Wales Government Water Reform, National Action Plan on Salinity and the Biodiversity Strategy. It was a finalist in the National Banksia Environmental Awards of 2000 for Innovation. The databases will be successfully launched on a CANRI web site in July 2002.
4 Target audience
Primary audience:Natural Resource Management committees
Natural Resource Managers
Main regional audience:
5 Participating organisations
5.1 Lead agency or organisation
5.2 Other agencies or organisations
Project Steering Committee
7 Project definition
7.1 Project description and objectives
Initial funding for migration of a portion of the WISE databases was allocated for 2001-2002. This project is currently being managed by a steering committee within NPWS. This project will be successfully completed shortly, providing a platform for deploying the main bibliographic and content databases for 7 catchments to the NPWS website. This product can quickly identify all of the information available for an entire catchment and provide catchment management boards with an essential tool for informed decision-making. The product will feed into regional planning by providing information on water quality and flow, salinity, biodiversity and cultural resources and assist with capacity building. In addition, other government agencies, community organisations as well as schools and universities can have ready access to the complete range of published information on rivers, wetlands and river management from a single source for an entire catchment.
Funding requested in this proposal would provide for migration of the four additional bibliographic databases due to be launched in late 2002. This would be accomplished by migration of the databases to the existing web platform. In addition this project will also configure a template to deliver the whole of the set of existing multimedia databases for an entire water catchment. Each WISE catchment CD-Rom consists of a bibliographic and content database and a multimedia database. It is proposed to use the Paroo and Warrego WISE CD-ROM as the basis for creating the template.
7.2 Inclusions and exclusions
Consultation with schools, individuals and communities have lead to requests to make the whole of the WISE system available on the web. This would involve the migration of the multimedia and Catchment Information Modules included on the CD-ROM (wetland maps of the catchment, other mapping datasets, photographs, video and audio clips, oral histories, PDF files and text files)
Access to relevant information provides a unique opportunity for people to find out what they want on a wide range of issues. The multimedia part of WISE allows people to 'see' the catchment from the perspective of animations, photographs, videos and sound files. There are more than 100 photographs of the catchment and several videos and sound files. Basic information, including multimedia, is provided on the towns, rivers, national parks and reserves, and important historic or cultural sites that make up the catchment. Additional information is provided on the flora and fauna in the catchment and on the photographic collections of historical societies, libraries and government agencies. Three key environmental issues have been identified for each catchment, based on an analysis of the research and identification of key issues - copies of articles as PDFs and other material is provided on each of these key issues.
7.3 Related initiatives and interdependencies
Successful completion is not dependant on any other CANRI projects but will meet the aims and objectives of CANRI. The project will deliver existing datasets previously compiled and available as a CD-ROM.
7.4 Technological environment
The current WISE web application adheres to the CANRI technical framework. The application uses established technologies; Java Server Pages (JSP), Java servlets, cascading style sheets CSS interfacing with Oracle databases to deliver full functionality mirroring that of an existing set of databases currently available only as a CD-ROM. Delivery of the full range of data available will require the conversion of multimedia into web compatible formats.
7.5 Prerequisites and assumptions
The WISE web application project will deliver existing datasets previously compiled and currently only available on CD-ROM. The project will consist mainly of conversion to web ready and web compatible formats.
8.1 Details of deliverables
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8.2 Environmental theme
8.3 Type of deliverables
8.4 Additional information
9 Schedule and costs
9.1 Schedule and cost details
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9.2 Additional information
10 Project organisation and controls
10.1 Organisation Chart
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10.3 Quality management
Progress reports will be provided to the CANRI coordination team every two months or otherwise as required.
The Senior User (or a representative) will attend CANRI Community Reference Group (CRG) meetings or contact a member of the CRG prior to each meeting to enable discussion on progress of the project and to ensure that users needs are met.
Other quality management measures to be adopted:
11 Other information
12 Executive signoff
The Project and its outcomes are consistent with the business policies and strategies of this organisation as its sponsor. Resources are available to adequately supplement those provided by CANRI funding for the substantial delivery of expected project outcomes and for the realisation of described benefits.
This project plan has been prepared in accordance with the 2001/02 CANRI Project Plan guidelines
The project is consistent with the business policies and strategies of this agency as its sponsor. Resources are available to adequately supplement CANRI funding for the provision of the stated project deliverables and the realisation of stated objectives.