Internet as a tool to collect and disseminate environmental information

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Internet
as a tool to collect and
disseminate environmental information

Matti Lindholm, Web
journalist

Communication

unit
,
Finnish

Environment Institute (SYKE)

11.2.2013

Means of communication used in dissemination of
environmental information to the public in Finland





1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Printed publications

Mass media

Videos

Web services

Electronic publications

Social media

Mobile applications

Open data interfaces

A changing world of communication

Internet
-
based


Main web service


www.environment.fi


Other web services


http://www.itameriportaali.fi/en_GB/


www.ilmasto
-
opas.fi/en/



http://www.biodiversity.fi/en/


A wiki about lakes


the Lakewiki


http://www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Main_page?&setlang=en


Direct use of datebases and open data platform


Oiva


http://wwwp2.ymparisto.fi/scripts/oiva.asp



Several Facebook pages, two twitter accounts, Youtube
-
channel…

A diverse set of online channels


Järviwiki (i.e. Lakewiki) is a collaborative web service about
Finnish lakes


It has basic information of each Finnish lake over 1 ha in
extent (about 56 000)


Anyone who registers with the service can:


Edit the text about a lake


Setup and maintain observation sites


Upload pictures


Announce events


Discuss matters related to a specific lake or water
protection in general


It was setup using open source or otherwise free software

Getting the public to participate:

case Lakewiki (Järviwiki)


Lakewiki is available in English at:


www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Main_page?setlang=en


An ordinary lake page


http://www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Vesij%C3%A4rvi_(14.241.1.00
1)?&setlang=en


A resident’s observation site


http://www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Valkj%C3%A4rvi_(35.823.1.00
3)/Valkj%C3%A4rvi_Oitti_Puujaa?&setlang=en


A fisherman’s ice break
-
up dates since 1958


http://www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Torankijärvi_(74.031.1.023)/H
aapanantien_ranta?&setlang=en


A cottagers observation site


http://www.jarviwiki.fi/wiki/Juoj%C3%A4rvi_(04.711.1.00
4)/Varislahden_pohjukka?&setlang=en

Example content in Lakewiki

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Visits:

233 802


Unique visitors:

174 458


Page views:

788 141



On average:

640 visits per day

The use of Järviwiki in 2012

Share

of
visitors

using

a mobile
device

rise


from

5 to 12 %

during

2012

Visits

April 2012

July 2012

October 2012


A smartphone app for sending
observations on algal blooms


A very easy user interface: sending
an observation will only take two or
three taps on the screen


An optional picture attached with
the observation


Showing observations made by
others on a map


It has been developed by SYKE
and VTT Technical Research
Centre of Finland


It is available for symbian, iOs and
android


Getting the public to participate: case
Levävahti
(AlgalWatch)