As part of the wikiRivers project, we currently conduct an online survey on the SEPA water level web pages. The survey has been running from December 2012. We have since received over a 1000 responses.
Many thanks to those who have completed the survey already!
wikiRivers is a research project that is trying to improve the communication of SEPA’s online river level data, through working with the users of the data and by applying digital tools.
To do this we integrate knowledge and skills from across the computer, environmental and social sciences. Our aim is to develop, test and use novel ways to communicate complicated river level data to a range of individuals and groups who use it for recreational and work activities. The river level data is collected at regular time intervals by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) from more than 300 gauging stations across Scotland.
The wikiRivers project seeks to:
• Improve the online presentation of river level data through a mixture of text, maps and graphs in a way that meets the demands of a variety of river users;
• Work with those who supply the data (SEPA) and those who use the data.
• Better understand the governance of developing digital technology in the real-life context of interacting academic, governmental and civil society actors; and
• Improve the communication of complex data series to the public.
Project Partner: Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Researchers: Koen Arts, Xiwu Han, Antonio Ioris, Kit MacLeod, Yaji Sripada and René van der Wal.
Map of Scotland with visiting frequencies of SEPA's monitoring stations with online river level data.
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