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May 2012

European river managers delve into new knowledge management system

The UK Environment Agency is looking to a semantic-wiki-based knowledge management (KM) system to improve the flow of information about river restoration across Europe. The open source system, supplied by Woking-based IT services company SFW, is in the midst of an agile development process in consultation with water managers, engineers and ecologists. The system is due to be completed in June and will belong to Restore, a partnership for river restoration in Europe comprising six fluvial organisations: the UK Environment Agency, River Restoration; Wetlands International and Dienst Landelijk Gebied in the Netherlands; the Finnish SYKE and Italian CIRF. Antonia Scarr, the Restore project manager at the Environment Agency said the main problem the system will address is less the lack of river management knowledge as the lack of searchability. Restore aims to help “manage rivers so that we cope better with climate change,” she said. “Rivers have been declining, getting worse, and people don’t realise that. “Historically, [river ...

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