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Infrastructure for Sustainable Agriculture: A Distributed Geographic Information System for Monitoring Environment

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To effectively maintain sustainable agriculture, participatory monitoring and evaluation is being adopted widely to generate information for natural resource management, decision making and policy planning processes. In this article, we describe how to establish a distributed geographic information system on mobile devices, which serves as a tool to generate and access information of natural resources in the community. The process of developing the application includes analysis, design, development, application, and evaluation. To testify its user-friendly interface, this system has been adopted by an elementary class for geography field study. These fourth-grade students investigated industries in hometown and input the data into a web server through this application. In the end, students discussed issues on local agriculture and business with a collaborative-implemented map. The results revealed that distributed GIS can be a valuable tool for community residents to collect, manage, and spatially view the local information.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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  • ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS is an international peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all areas of (1) Physical Sciences, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Mathematical Sciences, (4) Engineering, (5) Computer and Information Sciences, and (6) Geosciences to publish original short communications, full research papers and timely brief (mini) reviews with authors photo and biography encompassing the basic and applied research and current developments in educational aspects of these scientific areas.
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