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Extension Activity Support System (EASY): A Web-Based Prototype for Facilitating Farm Management
Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, Ground floor, 204 Lygon Street, 5th floor, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia
Spatial Vision, Level 2, 170 Queen Street Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Building, The University of Melbourne, Level 5, Architecture Building, Victoria 3010, Australia
Department of Primary Industries Victoria, Rutherglen Centre, RMB 1145, Rutherglen, VIC 3685, Australia
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Received: 4 November 2011; in revised form: 27 December 2011 / Accepted: 27 December 2011 / Published: 4 January 2012
Abstract: In response to disparate advances in delivering spatial information to support agricultural extension activities, the Extension Activity Support System (EASY) project was established to develop a vision statement and conceptual design for such a system based on a national needs assessment. Personnel from across Australia were consulted and a review of existing farm information/management software undertaken to ensure that any system that is eventually produced from the EASY vision will build on the strengths of existing efforts. This paper reports on the collaborative consultative process undertaken to create the EASY vision as well as the conceptual technical design and business models that could support a fully functional spatially enabled online system.
Keywords: spatial information; agriculture; farm management; web-based data delivery
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Lowell, K.; Smith, L.; Miller, I.; Pettit, C.; Seymour, E. Extension Activity Support System (EASY): A Web-Based Prototype for Facilitating Farm Management. Future Internet 2012, 4, 42-64.
Lowell K, Smith L, Miller I, Pettit C, Seymour E. Extension Activity Support System (EASY): A Web-Based Prototype for Facilitating Farm Management. Future Internet. 2012; 4(1):42-64.
Lowell, Kim; Smith, Lindsay; Miller, Ian; Pettit, Christopher; Seymour, Eloise. 2012. "Extension Activity Support System (EASY): A Web-Based Prototype for Facilitating Farm Management." Future Internet 4, no. 1: 42-64.