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Which Buttons And Bars? An Exercise In Community Participation In Decision Support Software Development

  • S. M. Cuddy
  • F. M. Marston
  • T. F. N. Farley
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 39)

Abstract

In developing an environmental DSS it is important to have a good understanding of who will use it and how. The best way to do this is by interacting with a user group during the development process to ensure an appropriate design and to foster interest and ownership of the product. A prototype of the Environmental Flows Decision Support System (EFDSS) has been developed in this manner. Using the Border Rivers Catchment of NSW/QLD as a case study, a community reference group was established and regularly consulted throughout development of the system. Members provided important input and feedback on interface design resulting in numerous modifications and enhancements to the final prototype. Many lessons were learned and one of the spin-offs was the addition of an entire explanation module — EFDSSInfo — which had otherwise only been considered peripheral to the system.

Key words

Ecological river modeling decision support system environmental assessment. 

References

  1. Young, W.J., Booty, W.G., Whigham, P.A and Lam. D.C.L. (1999) Integrated assessments of river health using decision support software; this publication.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Cuddy
    • 1
  • F. M. Marston
    • 1
  • T. F. N. Farley
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO Land and WaterAustralia

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