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Prototype Information Architecture. Key Requirements. Access to data, tools, and expertise Integrated access to spatial data Submission of info. to OWEB Basin and watershed reports Communication with experts Provide expert contact info. Text and map-based browsing/searching.

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key requirements
Key Requirements
  • Access to data, tools, and expertise
    • Integrated access to spatial data
    • Submission of info. to OWEB
    • Basin and watershed reports
    • Communication with experts
    • Provide expert contact info.
    • Text and map-based browsing/searching
design around requirements
Design Around Requirements
  • Task: build a compelling site that meets the requirements
data organization
Data Organization

We want to divide information by:

  • Themes – fish, habitat, etc.
  • Place – what is the spatial footprint of the data

I want to learn about fish

I want to learn about what is happening near Siletz

highlight important information
Highlight Important Information

For users:

  • What is important
  • Why this site exists
  • Make them interested!
stories top issues
Stories/Top Issues
  • Plan is to rely heavily on the upcoming Coastal Coho document from OWEB/U of O Infographics Lab
req basin and watershed reports
Req: Basin and Watershed Reports
  • Provide a tool for learning
  • Display maps, charts and tables


req text map based browsing
Req: Text/Map-Based Browsing
  • Provide information by topic
  • Browse all data related to the topic
  • Is it important to select information spatially?
  • Do you want to learn about fish or fish in a specific watershed?
req access to spatial data
Req: Access to Spatial Data
  • Deliver spatial data as maps
accessing digital spatial datasets
Accessing Digital Spatial Datasets
  • Propose to simple web-based mapping tools
  • Provide some of the capabilities of desktop geographic information systems

Example 1

Example 2

online mapping tools are good for
Online Mapping Tools are Good For:
  • Making custom maps
  • Simple exploration of map layers
  • Simple queries
key questions for map tool
Key Questions for Map Tool
  • What does the mapping tool need to do for you to use it?
  • What map layers must be present?
  • Do you need to add your data to the system?
  • Do you need to get data out of the mapping tool?
req searching
Req: Searching
  • Keyword and spatial searching
req communicate with experts
Req: Communicate with Experts
  • Encourage people helping people
communication with experts
Communication with Experts
  • Options
    • Listserv
    • Web-based bulletin board
    • Wiki – a web-based collaboration space
  • Email based discussion list
  • Subscribers receive all postings to list as email
  • Can be moderated
  • Can search list archive
web based bulletin board
Web-Based Bulletin Board
  • Post announcements and questions
  • Can see everyone’s responses
  • Can receive email when someone makes a post or a reply
  • You can search posts/replies


wiki s
  • Web tool for team collaboration
  • Can create web pages and comment on pages
  • Can function like bulletin board but with extra features


advantages and disadvantages
Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Listserv – People used to reading email daily. Search facilities are poor.
  • Bulletin Board – Needs moderators. Good search tools.
  • Wiki – Can create web pages. May be too complex .
successful group communication
Successful Group Communication
  • Everyone needs to join in
  • People must respond to questions/posts

Are you willing to read posts daily and respond?

Can we find people to cover each watershed or topic area?

req submit info to oweb
Req: Submit Info to OWEB
  • Submit information into our database
submitting information to oweb
Submitting Information to OWEB
  • Authorized users can submit documents to a storage system (database)
  • All users can view what is in database


submitting information
Submitting Information
  • Users will have to enter some information that describes what they are uploading
    • Topic keywords (i.e. fish, habitat, etc.)
    • Place keywords (i.e. watershed name)
  • A person will review all submissions to ensure quality

What are you going to upload?

req provide expert contacts
Req: Provide Expert Contacts
  • Provide info. about watershed councils only
  • Make this a part of “Learn about your watershed”
  • Work with OWEB to ensure contact info is always up to date
  • Site must deliver required functionality
  • Focus on actions/flow
  • Graphical look will come last