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Open Oceanmap

Open OceanMap is a data collection tool used to collect local expert knowledge in support of marine spatial planning. Open OceanMap allows the user to collect and compile ecological and economic data through an intuitive 100-pennies stakeholder interview process. The tool provides interviewees with a web-based interface to review and verify information and aggregates data to ensure confidentiality.

Software Type

OceanMap, a standalone software module developed by Environmental Defense Fund, provides the basic functionality that Ecotrust has transformed into Open OceanMap. We used the open source software solution PyQt to write the Open OceanMap application in Python �-- which allows for distribution on any desktop platform -- utilizing the highly scalable and very popular QT system. We used the Python bindings to the QGIS open source desktop GIS system to provide a mapping component to the application. Additionally, we utilized an open source installer framework called INNO to create a fully functional Windows-based installer for the application. Open OceanMap now includes a companion QA/QC tool with a web-based interface, allowing interviewees to log in and verify the information they provided and, if needed, supply comments to the analysts responsible for reviewing the data.

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Biodiversity Conservation

Estuarine, Coastal And Marine Management

Fish And Wildlife Management

Parent Categories

Status Assessment

Glossary Display Property

Conservation Of Biodiversity

Estuarine And Marine Ecosystem Modeling


Stakeholder Engagement

Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Spatial Analysis And Modeling Methods

Stakeholder Interview



Unix Variant

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Information Source






Decision Problem Types Targeted


Image File Name

Open Source

Parent Categories


Parent Categories

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

Licensing Type

Tim Welch


Martin Wong

For Application Domains

Aspatial Decision Support Tools

Software Tools And Models - All

Spatial Decision Support Tools

Software Type




Developer Assistance Needed For Installation/Configuration

Aspatial Decision Support Tools

Spatial Decision Support Tools

Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Collaboration And Participation

Graphical Ontology Browser

  • Click on a node to jump to the content of that node
  • Pan to see the rest of the graph
  • Scroll the mousewheel up and down to zoom in and out
  • Rearrange the nodes in the graph by dragging a node to a different position


IntroductionGeodesign Problem TypesPlanning/Decision ContextPlanning And Spatial Decision ProcessMethods And Techniques
methods and techniques; methodology
TechnologyData And Domain KnowledgePeople And ParticipationGeodesign Resources