Community information systems based on unified modelling language to create a participatory monitoring tool on the environmental impact of agriculture

Barzman Marco, Cornu Cyrille. 2008. Community information systems based on unified modelling language to create a participatory monitoring tool on the environmental impact of agriculture. In : Proceedings HAICTA 2008 Conference : Fourth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Bio and Earth Sciences, September 18-20, 2008, Athens, Greece. Tsiligiridis T. (ed.). HAICTA, Agricultural Univ. of Athens, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Cukurova Univ., Democritus Univ. of Thrace, Ege Univ., Lonian Univ., Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Univ. of Macedonia, Univ. of Thessaly. Athènes : HAICTA, pp. 331-336. ISBN 978-960-387-725-7 HAICTA 2008. 4, Athènes, Grèce, 18 September 2008/20 September 2008.

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Abstract : Community Information Systems (CIS or observatoire du territoire in French) were designed to monitor environmental change in given agriculture-dominated areas. They serve both as information resource centres and as fora for exchange and coordination among local stakeholders. In 2004, the French Agriculture and Fishing Ministry asked CIRAD (Agricultural Research Center for Developing Countries) to assist in the set-up of CISs that would serve as pilot studies. CISs are co-constructed by local stakeholders using Unified Modelling Language to define and structure the information needed to better understand a specific problem associated with agriculture. Two years of experience of setting up CISs has allowed us to develop methods and recommendations for the set-up of such community information systems. We identify the factors that favour local and collective ownership of a social device based on data management, an area traditionally perceived as the domain of experts, i.e., "off-limits" to non-expert local stakeholders. We discuss the extent to which CISs allow a diversity of stakeholder groups to collectively address the multiple perceptions and interests and to tackle the complexities inherent in the agriculture-environment relationship. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Système d'information, Impact sur l'environnement, Agriculture, Gestion de l'environnement, Modèle, Participation, Communication

Mots-clés complémentaires : Participation paysanne

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
C30 - Documentation and information

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Barzman Marco, INRA (FRA)
  • Cornu Cyrille, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA)

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