Online Network Platform (ONP)
Online Network Platform - Step 4.
Connect Collaboration Project to GIS Layer
The full value of an Online Network Platform is realized by connecting the River Community Actors information of Step #1, the knowledge from Step #2, and the Project Template from Step #3. Using readily available GIS technology, the MRC ONP can enable organizations to connect with each other based on criteria such as 1) interest in geography, 2) common resource or economic objectives, 3) expertise needed or available, and/or 4) other values of interest such as eco-markets.
How does this work? Imagine the river basin map depicting the hundreds of organizations as the motherlode of human, financial and social resources to be tapped into, rather than the entangled mess of organizations it seems to be. The MRC ONP is able to sort and query the thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations that are enrolled on the platform.
For example, a properly designed and populated MRC ONP, the following exercise could become common place.
“Project Location” is identified on map by any MRC Community Actor (red polygon) with access to a computer.
The “Project Initiator” identifies a “Project Category” based on MRC objective categories.
The MRC ONP generates a list of organizations based on criteria and location (displayed on screen).
“Project Initiator” checks the boxes of those organizations and individuals they would like to invite into the “Project Group”.
“Project Collaboration” template is used to define components and tasks.
“Project Group” member can begin populating template based on their level of access.
“Project Outputs” can be generated based on GIS capabilities, such as index-based accounting for ecosystem services markets, erosion reductions, or public and private-funded conservation projects.
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