Interview about SFW's IT work for an EU River Restoration Project
08 February 2012
EA manager discusses SFW's innovative knowledge management system
SearchDataManagement.co.uk has today published an article about a semantic wiki-based knowledge management system being developed by SFW to improve the exchange of information about river restoration projects across Europe.
In an interview Antonia Scarr, the RESTORE Project Manager at the Environment Agency, explained the current main problem for agencies, planners and ecologists working in river restoration is not the lack of river management knowledge, but a lack of searchability of knowledge. However the software being built by SFW will address that problem.
The knowledge management system will compile and share information on around 500 river restoration projects throughout Europe, as well as connecting project supporters and workers.
The website will be hosted at www.restorerivers.eu
The system will be built using open source software in combination with the Environment Agency’s existing infrastructure, which will save on costs. It is based on open source MediaWiki, running on a MySQL database.The key differentiator of this project is that the site will apply a set of extensions including a Semantic MediaWiki extension to associate semantic data within the pages, a Format Semantic MediaWiki extension to simplify data entry and collaboration, and a Maps MediaWiki extension to permit geographic visualisation.