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The Oregon Coastal Atlas
www.coastalatlas.net

More:  Institutes 
Status: In Progress

Institutes (5)  Top 
  • Oregon State University; Department of Geosciences, more, partner
  • Oregon Coastal Management Program, more, partner
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more, sponsor
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), more, sponsor
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF), more, sponsor

Abstract:
Atlas Purpose

  • Serve as a coastal manager’s web depot for digital and traditional information, using:

    • Interactive mapping;
    • Direct search & download access to natural resource datasets;
    • Geo-spatial analysis tools;

  • Present background information on different coastal systems (estuaries, sandy shores, rocky shores, ocean areas);
  • Provide decision-making resource and streamline decision-making relating to the Oregon Coastal Zone.rage a greater appreciation of Ireland's coastal regions.

Distinguishing Features

  • Integrates data from a distributed network;
  • Uses both proprietary and Open Source web mapping software;
  • Provides advanced interactive tools;
  • Designed for coastal managers.

Target Audience

  • Researchers/Scientists;
  • NGOs;
  • Government/Public Bodies;
  • Consultancies;
  • Coastal/Environmental Managers;
  • Decision Makers;
  • Other:

    • Includes public outreach sections.


Atlas Design and Usability

  • Focus:

    • Map content;

  • Design:

    • Clear navigation and instruction;
    • Involved user feedback;
    • Acces maps from text
    • Multiple point(s) of access to map/data;

  • Map Page:

    • View limited layers
    • View data independently;.
    • Separate legend & layer lists
    • Links to internal pages

  • Documentation:

    • Thematic text;
    • Metadata:

      • Database
      • Single format(s);

    • Illustrations, images and charts
    • Help page(s);
    • Tutorial;

  • Standards:

    • Metadata standards: FGDC;

  • Other:

    • Glossary


Technology Used

  • Mapping Software:

    • Open Source: Minnesota MapServer;
    • Proprietary: ArcIMS;

  • Data Storage:

    • Locally: Flat files;
    • Distributed Network;

  • Database Management System:

    • No;

  • Server Operating System

    • Red Hat Linux, Windows 2000 SP3

  • Other

    • 3 distributed servers managed by partners;
    • M IIS 5.0, Apache Web Server 2.0;
    • FGDC Isite Server


Functionality/Tools Available

  • Level:

    • Basic
    • Moderate

  • Search Capability:

    • Search for data
    • Search for thematic information

  • Other:

    • Advanced metadata search;
    • Learning section (coastal geographic settings, coastal topics, Atlas related technologies);
    • "Make your own map";
    • Coastal Access Tool;
    • Direct technical assistance;
    • Geospatial tools, including:

      • Hazards Management: Mitigate the Losses;
      • Watershed Assessment: Identify Potential Actions;
      • Protecting Ocean Areas: Visualize the Benefits;

    • Advanced tools can be downloaded.

  • Mapping Tools:

    • Zoom, recentre and full extent;
    • Identify features;
    • Layer list control;
    • Print/Export maps;
    • Download geospatial data;


Data/Cartographic Information Included

  • Geographic Area: Oregon Coastal Zone
  • Number of Datasets: >3300
  • Topics:

    • Physical Environment;
    • Coastal Habitats;
    • Imagery;
    • Biology;
    • Management;
    • Human Impact;
    • Conservation;
    • Environmental Monitoring;
    • Infrastructure;
    • Natural Resources;
    • Fisheries, Aquaculture & Agriculture;
    • Tourism & Recreation;


Data Issues

  • IPR/Cost:

    • Cost-prohibitive data (other);
    • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR);

  • Accessibility:

    • Poorly managed, inaccessible data;

  • Quality:

    • Variable/inconsistent data quality;

  • Management:

    • Data management plan development;
    • Balance of development and updates;
    • Regularity of data updates;
    • Manual upload of data to atlas;
    • Resources to source/acquire data;


Other Challenges

  • Funding for site maintenance;
  • Designing simple, intuitive and informative web interface;
  • Content balance of science and information;
  • Product promotion;
  • Design of efficient DBMS for content management;
  • Other:

    • Designing new tools for management needs;
    • Developing improved searching


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