One of the challenges Federal agencies face today when reviewing renewable energy related projects (e.g. wind power and solar power site selection) is a method to assess risks associated with those projects. Project proponents and NGOs evaluating environmental impacts have similar concerns. Some issues facing the users and stakeholders today are:
Decision-making stakeholders must be engaged throughout the “scientific knowledge lifecycle” in order to establish comprehensive and sustainable frameworks and methods for access to actionable information. Greater institutional commitment is needed from data and tool owners, and coordination as well as user collaboration with developers, to keep data platforms and services as close to state of the art and open as possible.
The DST Catalog and Community of Practice (DSTCCP) project is intended to provide a forum to address these challenges by (a) providing a dynamic catalog of currently available decision tools, updates, and a preview of forthcoming releases and new offering, and (b) by establishing a community of practice that involves developers, users and stakeholders in a constructive dialog to enable transparency, interoperability, and further improvements. Once operational, ESIP is committed to provide regular updates to the catalog, and moderate forum discussions to ensure content accuracy and relevance.
ESIP is playing a coordinating role by engaging universities and industry along with the Federal agencies and NGOs in a cross-sector understanding of the needs, maintaining such a catalog of decision support tools, engaging the community of stakeholders, users, and developers in a dialog and discussion, and facilitating partnerships in further tool development and application. ESIP development team is leveraging Drupal and Semantic Web technologies and previous projects experience (including the current ESIP testbed) in accomplishing these objectives.
Expected benefits of this project to the community of developers, users and stakeholders are:
A prototype of this information system is being developed in the first phase of this project for wind energy site selection application, and the latest update is illustrated on this website.
The prototype is intended to demonstrate key capabilities. Some relevant tools currently in use have been selected to populate the catalog with various search capabilities, tool attributes and data sources, interoperability scenarios, and gap analysis based on user feedback. It is intended to provide a framework and a forum for dialog among the user, developer, and stakeholder community members.
The community’s participation through comments and feedback is critical in enhancing the value of this prototype and would be highly appreciated.
|Alvaro Graves||RPIemail@example.com||Shailendra Kumar||Consultantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eric Sproles||ORISE PostDoc/EPAemail@example.com|