Ecosystem Approach Community of Practice: TBTI

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Too Big To Ignore: Prospect VRE

The Too Big Too Ignore initiative (TBTI) manages information on local fishery communities and the fisheries they are involved in. It needs templates to capture information, interactive reports to display "TBTI Fact-sheets", a map interface to describe, search and visualize information, and collaborative features to ensure a quality work-flow. Similar to FCPPS and VME-VRE, it needs by Q2 2014 a set of on-line surveys on expertise, local knowledge, fishing activities and areas, and the management of the fisheries.
Priority to CoP
List proposed solution priority following the iMarine Board priority setting criteria:
  • The target community has been clearly identified; practioners engaged with the development of sustainable local fisheries.
  • The users are split in three groups:
Data entry staff and data managers directly involved with the TBTI initiative;
The TBTI CoP, consisting of local / global experts that share information through TBTI-VRE. This information can be confidential or subject to a work-flow. 
The consumers of TBTI-VRE information that use a query- or map-interface to extract fact-sheets or topical information. 
  • Potential for co-funding; HIGH, The TBTI initiative would contribute to development
  • Structural allocation of resources; NONE, as this opportunity arose in 2013, in the context of FAO activities.
  • Referred in DoW; NO, but related to FCPPS and ICIS components.
  • Business Cases; BC1
  • How does the proposed action generally support sustainability aspects; By identifying and mobilizing a CoP, the use of the D4S infrastructure is promoted. By gaining access to a cost-effective infrastructure and tools, TBTI can achieved sustainable management goals. Finally FAO is in a position to offer a data collection and sharing platform thus facilitating a partnership with a Research project which promotes its own goals.
  • How consistent is it with regulations/strategies; The proposed VRE fits the data strategy of the TBTI initiative, and of FAO.
  • Re-usability: TBTI re-uses FCPPS, ICIS, GeoExplorer, and VME-VRE components. The benefits of this are much reduced development costs, and shared maintenance costs. The compatibility with existing TBTI tools is not an issue, as these are in an early stage of development.
Relation to CoP Software:
TBTI to clear. 
Relation to D4S technologies
TBTI VRE is likely to re-use relevant parts of:
* Reporting and templating
* Documents work-flow
* Time-series management
* Code list management
* GeoExplorer
* iSearch
The proposed measures are likely to be effective if they manage to organize the information from the different surveys in a global overview, and manages to update the global overview with new survey information when this becomes available. The VRE will be most effective if it is used in planning and decision making processes. This requires a well designed map interface and the ability to add information from other domains, such as biodiversity and ocean-physical datasets.
Does TBTI-VRE reduce a known workload? This is very difficult to assess, and not useful at this stage.
How must the component be delivered to users?

The UI Design is expected to be provided through D4S components such as:

* Reporting and templating
* Documents work-flow
* Time-series management
* Code list management
* GeoExplorer 
* iSearch

Assistance and on-line help are expected to be made available through D4S components

* On-line help through context sensitive help (screen elements through tooltips), page related help information, and links to relevant wiki-page sections.
* Assistance is available through the TBTI-VRE manager, who can rely on infrastructure support. 

The training material

The support is expected to be organized in 3 tiers:

Tier 1 is a TBTI VRE manager trained in the full life-cycle management of a VRE. Duties include user-management, user support, confidentiality and policy compliance, and data integrity. 
Tier 2 is a D4Science VOVirtual Organization;  manager trained in technical support to VRE managers and users. This tier can only be activated by the VRE manager, or project management.
Tier 3 is the infrastructure manager that is responsible for infrastructure deployment and maintenanc. This tier is activated by tier 2, or project management.  
Are there any policies available that describe data access and sharing? Not yet.
Have the Copyright / attribution / metadata / legal aspects been addressed from a user and technology perspective? Not yet.
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