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The role of participatory research in the design of fit-for-purpose decision support


Evans, KJ and Cabral, L, The role of participatory research in the design of fit-for-purpose decision support, Plant Protection Data Toolbox, 11 August 2014, Taupo, New Zealand, pp. 21-32. ISBN 978-0-473-33312-6 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Sense-T Program ( is building an economy-wide system to discover and ingest raw environmental data from sensors to a big data platform. Data are identified, converted and analysed to create new variables and services for multiple purposes. We describe our user-centred, participatory design process applied to a case study around risk management in vineyards (frost and botrytis bunch rot). This process identified critical decisions being made by potential users, specific information users need to support those decisions and how information is best received and displayed through the user interface. The integration of user experience, domain expertise and information technologies is discussed in relation to factors that facilitate adoption of decision support systems.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:environmental sensors, participatory research, semantic web technology, user-centred design
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
ID Code:106810
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-02-22
Last Modified:2016-08-01
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