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Meeting Notes 140805 15:00 - 16:00
Topic: WAPI; a tool for Fisheries Policy Makers to Analyze the Aquaculture sector
Summary : WAPI is an excel based tool that is in need of data provisioning, and that can function as a bridge between communities, if an infrastructure can support such data exchange. WAPI is developed as an off-line tool to remain close o the current toolset of the targeted audience. Future on-line features are proposed as candidates for funding.
- WAPI is an Excel tool based on many templates for use by staff in e.g. fisheries departments who often lack internet connectivity.
- WAPI aims to bring them state of the art analytical features
- At this stage, stabilizing and further extending the analytical features is WAPI’s top priority
- Automation of e.g. data updates is of later concern, but would be a welcome addition
- The current approach using Excel is needed to enable local staff to contribute to the design and analysis of the features. With a JAVA based tool such as FishStat the distance between developers and practitioners is larger, and this increases time-to-product
- Once a stable set of WAPI features is accepted, the data formats and structure can be supported through automation. An on-line tool could e.g.:
- Assist collection and harmonization of statistical time-series (already available in iMarine)
- Disseminate the harmonized data to individual instances (a pull by users) of the WAPI Excel tool
- Once a stable set of WAPI features is accepted as best practices, an on-line tool is welcome
- For the future, an expansion of WAPI to also serve in-country time-series can be envisioned, e.g. serving in country level 2 or 3 statistics, specific groupings etc.
- Also here, on-line support for harmonization of data sets is welcome.
- Harmonization of in-country data is likely to be time consuming, and best practice and guidelines must be first developed.
- With specific support from FAO staff, such data collections might be shared with FAO staff to establish in-country data collections.
- The WAPI can be considered a training and teaching environment, and can be promoted as such.
- WAPI features interate over currently disparate datasets, and could be useful to foster collaboration amongst UN and Bretton woods institutions and regional development banks.
- WAPI is intended to become a tool to facilitate evidence-based decision making. Limited by the lack of data, WAPI at this current stage is not yet a tool to evaluate the performance of aquaculture, but that’s our ultimate goal.
- WAPI has potential to become a share-ware that help capitalize researchers’ analytical efforts into standardized templates for broader users. Contribute and share; that is the motto of WAPI.
- One objective of this year is to send the draft WAPI templates based on FI fish production data to FI colleagues and selected external experts for test.
- Next meeting scheduled late August to discuss future options. A note will be added to the iMarine liaisons page as well.