Why an e.laboratory?
Inter- and transdisciplinary research and education is a crucial issue in order to generate knowledge in science and society and also to develop solutions for societal problems. Interdisciplinary approaches are necessary for integrated and cross-sectoral analyses and implementation of knowledge which are utmost needed for todays water related challenges. With transdisciplinary approaches we mean approaches and projects together with stakeholders and representatives of society in order to help to bridge the gap between problem analysis, measure identification and implementation.
However, these approaches are complex and not easy to realize. Methods, tools, research results and data are dislocated and no common agreed definitions and frameworks are established. Against this background we developed the idea of an e.laboratory developed for inter- and transdisciplinary water research and education which is called e.Wa.
e.Wa may help sharing, disseminating and evaluating new approaches, information and lessons learnt arising from both new and existing research investment related to inter- and transdisciplinary water management.
Who are the target users?
e.Wa is envisaged as a web-based learning and supporting tool for students, researchers, stakeholders, decision makers and other experts in water related field.
How to use e.Wa?
- Explore literature from websites of (inter)national journals listed and Uni-Bonn Geography related research, published articles, theses
- Learn about methods and how to use them with practical examples (e.g. flood risk management, decision support, mapping).
- Select, combine and apply diverse application tools (generic and customized)
- Access the meta-data catalog of Uni-Bonn and external data sources (geospatial and temporal) and download data that are open for public or research use
- Use the ILIAS interactive web-based learning tools for e.learning lectures and research exchange
e.Wa pillars - components
The e.Wa framework comprises of several pillars such as Information management, Method library, Research information, Decision and Mapping tool and an e.learning component.
- The Information management pillar implements tools to search and query external sources of data and a tool for archiving and accessing Uni-Bonn data. The Uni-Bonn data can be accessed through an implemented data infrastructure application tools that uses Open Geo Consortium (OGC) standards.
- The Method library presents methods with sample implementation that are useful for inter- and transdisciplinary water research and education.
- The Literature library presents a tool to query and search water related journal websites- national and international. It is also a tool for collecting, archiving, and publishing Uni-Bonn research articles, theses and dissertations (BSc, MSc and PhD)- promoting institutions research, experiences and expertise.
- Lastly, the Decision making and mapping pillar implements several interactive map-based tools based from commonly used and innovative methods for decision making and mapping.
- The e.learning pillar in e.Wa presents a tool for an innovative learning environment on water related methods, concepts, research and implementation. Learning can be blended (virtual and face to face), prepared lectures, demonstration on the use of methods and tools (e.g. flood risk, participatory approach, DSS tool, etc..).