Development of internet-based information Management System for Environmental Protection and disaster risk management (iMSEP)

Development of internet-based information Management System for Environmental Protection and disaster risk management (iMSEP)

Tasks

– Designing system.
– Selection of development tools and packages.
– Creating the system.
– Presenting system to the Steering Committee for feedbacks.
– Completing iMSEP based on the comments of the steering committee.
– Test and bug fixing.
– Improvement based on the comments from stakeholders.

Description

Spatial data and analysis are essential for reliable planning and decision-making for environmental protection and disaster risk management. However, primary studies show that environmental protection and disaster risk management organizations in Central Asia do not have access to software and systems for collection, storage and analysis of spatial data. The aim of this work package is to develop an internet-based system, called iMSEP, to facilitate the collection, storage, analysis and also sharing spatial data for a better planning and decision making. Availability of such a system (iMSEP) not only helps stakeholders to organize and manage the spatial data they need, but will also be a smooth introduction to the use of SIST in general and GIS in particular for daily activities, planning and decision-making.

Related assumptions and risks

– Project partners and participants need to attend the kick-off meeting to start and detail plan the project.
– Associate partners are welcome to attend the meeting either physically or online e.g. through Skype.
– Associate partners will not be paid for attending meetings.
– Kick-off meeting take place in Lund University as project coordinator.
– Overall responsibilities among participate and partner countries will be discussed and agreed in the kick-off meeting.
– No major risk for kick of meeting is available except followings:
– Political instability in partner and participant countries.

Tasks

– Designing system.
– Selection of development tools and packages.
– Creating the system.
– Presenting system to the Steering Committee for feedbacks.
– Completing iMSEP based on the comments of the steering committee.
– Test and bug fixing.
– Improvement based on the comments from stakeholders.

Description

Spatial data and analysis are essential for reliable planning and decision-making for environmental protection and disaster risk management. However, primary studies show that environmental protection and disaster risk management organizations in Central Asia do not have access to software and systems for collection, storage and analysis of spatial data. The aim of this work package is to develop an internet-based system, called iMSEP, to facilitate the collection, storage, analysis and also sharing spatial data for a better planning and decision making. Availability of such a system (iMSEP) not only helps stakeholders to organize and manage the spatial data they need, but will also be a smooth introduction to the use of SIST in general and GIS in particular for daily activities, planning and decision-making.

Related assumptions and risks

– Project partners and participants need to attend the kick-off meeting to start and detail plan the project.
– Associate partners are welcome to attend the meeting either physically or online e.g. through Skype.
– Associate partners will not be paid for attending meetings.
– Kick-off meeting take place in Lund University as project coordinator.
– Overall responsibilities among participate and partner countries will be discussed and agreed in the kick-off meeting.
– No major risk for kick of meeting is available except followings:
– Political instability in partner and participant countries.

iMSEP shall include:

– Friendly and simple user interfaces: Stakeholders do not have a high technical knowledge of GIS. Consequently, the user-interface should be simple and friendly enough for the users to be able to understand and use it easily. It is essential to minimize the risk of resistance against using the system due to lack of skills/knowledge.

– Core GIS functions: The system, at the beginning, should not be very complicated, thus confusing unexperienced users. It should have the main basic functions that stakeholders need for e.g. uploading available maps to the system, on-screen digitizing, editing attributes, querying database, styling map layers, and basic GIS analysis, suitable for a Web application.

– Manager module: Access to and modifying the data should be well managed in the system, by being able to define different levels of administrators and users with different roles and accessibility permissions. This is essential to ensure the safety and consistency of the data, and also for reducing the risk of resistance against the system due to data security issues.

– Advanced architecture: The architecture of the system needs to be advanced and efficient to satisfy: management of Big data, high security of the system, facilitated maintenance of the system, modular management of the system, etc. A methodology based on containerization and Big GIS concept will be used for the development of the system, which also constructs the innovative aspects of the developed system.

iMSEP shall include:

– Friendly and simple user interfaces: Stakeholders do not have a high technical knowledge of GIS. Consequently, the user-interface should be simple and friendly enough for the users to be able to understand and use it easily. It is essential to minimize the risk of resistance against using the system due to lack of skills/knowledge.

– Core GIS functions: The system, at the beginning, should not be very complicated, thus confusing unexperienced users. It should have the main basic functions that stakeholders need for e.g. uploading available maps to the system, on-screen digitizing, editing attributes, querying database, styling map layers, and basic GIS analysis, suitable for a Web application.

– Manager module: Access to and modifying the data should be well managed in the system, by being able to define different levels of administrators and users with different roles and accessibility permissions. This is essential to ensure the safety and consistency of the data, and also for reducing the risk of resistance against the system due to data security issues.

– Advanced architecture: The architecture of the system needs to be advanced and efficient to satisfy: management of Big data, high security of the system, facilitated maintenance of the system, modular management of the system, etc. A methodology based on containerization and Big GIS concept will be used for the development of the system, which also constructs the innovative aspects of the developed system.

The system will be developed in four main stages:

Stage 1: Design; The design of iMSEP will be based on the results of the user requirement analysis (see WP 2). It includes designing user interfaces, designing architecture of the  system, and deciding about system functionalities.

Stage 2: Selection of development tools and packages; This includes selection of an appropriate DBMS, programming languages, client side mapping libraries, server side mapping packages, etc. The aim will be to use new, reliable and advanced open source tools and packages for the development of the system.

Stage 3: Creating the system; The system will be created by programming and implementation of what has been designed.

Stage 4: Test and bug fixing; the developed system will be tested to find and fix possible bugs.

The development of iMSEP will be carried out by the partners in cooperation with subcontracted experts. Subcontracting will start in February 2018. Lund University (LU) will lead and coordinate the development of the system. LU will then supervise and evaluate all the details of the system development stages. Progress report and a first version of the system will be presented to the steering committee in the meeting on 03-07 September 2018 to receive feedback. The system will be completed based on the comments of the steering committee, all partners and other stakeholders in November 2018, and a (almost) final version will be presented to the steering committee during the meeting 02-07  December 2018.

The system will be developed in four main stages:

Stage 1: Design; The design of iMSEP will be based on the results of the user requirement analysis (see WP 2). It includes designing user interfaces, designing architecture of the  system, and deciding about system functionalities.

Stage 2: Selection of development tools and packages; This includes selection of an appropriate DBMS, programming languages, client side mapping libraries, server side mapping packages, etc. The aim will be to use new, reliable and advanced open source tools and packages for the development of the system.

Stage 3: Creating the system; The system will be created by programming and implementation of what has been designed.

Stage 4: Test and bug fixing; the developed system will be tested to find and fix possible bugs.

The development of iMSEP will be carried out by the partners in cooperation with subcontracted experts. Subcontracting will start in February 2018. Lund University (LU) will lead and coordinate the development of the system. LU will then supervise and evaluate all the details of the system development stages. Progress report and a first version of the system will be presented to the steering committee in the meeting on 03-07 September 2018 to receive feedback. The system will be completed based on the comments of the steering committee, all partners and other stakeholders in November 2018, and a (almost) final version will be presented to the steering committee during the meeting 02-07  December 2018.

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