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Supporting a successful atlas
Longhorn, R.A.; Wright, D.J.; Belpaeme, K. (2011). Supporting a successful atlas, in: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. pp. 275-287
In: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) (2011). Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. Information Science Reference: Hershey. ISBN 978-1-61520-815-9. 321 pp., more

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Keywords
    Atlases; Coastal zone management; Marine

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  • Longhorn, R.A.
  • Wright, D.J.
  • Belpaeme, K., more

Abstract
    The content and technical features of coastal web atlases (CWA) were presented in the introductory chapters of the book and the previous two chapters visited user-oriented issues involved in creating and improving a usable atlas, including user requirements, audience definition, learning from use of the atlas, etc. However, in the absence of confirmed long-term resources or a guaranteed income stream to fund the on-going development and maintenance of an atlas, how do you secure the long-term viability and success of a CWA where the intention is that the atlas is not just a one-off “display,” but can develop organically? Several issues arise, including governance, institutional support, partnerships, funding and continued promotion. Ideally, these issues should be resolved prior to the web atlas being created, especially funding and institutional support (human and technical resources), if the atlas is to be successful in the long run, and not just another short-term ‘project’ that disappears from view when support dwindles. Also, over time, as atlas projects mature into on-going, demand-driven, sustainable information services, institutional and funding arrangements evolve as well. This chapter looks at some of the issues involved in attaining and maintaining long-term support for a successful online atlas.

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