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13 Dec. 2016

CITIZEN SCIENCE DATA MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER BEFORE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Anthony Carbines today launched new web portals for the Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch programs, with community volunteers in Aireys Inlet.

These citizen science programs help in monitoring the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands across Victoria, including the nearby Painkalac Creek.

The new Watch program portals will revolutionize how citizen science water quality data is managed, and it ability to inform catchment planning. The Watch programs are well established, pre-eminent citizen science programs connecting local Victorian communities with water issues including sustainability, water management and the health of local waterways.

The websites for both programs now provide a central location for its members, and the community, to access information and participate in activities and monitoring of local waterways and estuaries.

The Victorian Government committed $80,000 in June 2015 to fund the development of the new data portals, this funding was support with a further $10,000 from the Corangamite CMA.

The Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University developed the new portals, working with monitors and program coordinators from across the state to ensure the portals met local conditions and strategic priorities.

Federation University has also contributed a $105,000 scholarship to support a PhD student to conduct research focusing on the growth of citizen science as a tool for building repositories of knowledge to inform policy and management.

The Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch portals are now live, program coordinators and monitors are being trained across the state to be able to upload their data.

 

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