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by Taya Santives last modified Oct 24, 2013 09:10 AM
The IW:LEARN Visualization Tools aims to increase the visibility and improve access to the results and achievements of 20 years of GEF IW projects through user-friendly open source tools designed to systematically preserve IW project data for the benefit of other projects and to ease the discovery of project activities in given spatial areas.

This new element of the IW:LEARN programme will allow for the capturing of spatial data and results emanating from the projects, presentation/mapping of the IW portfolio ‘at a glance’ by groupings such as location, project type or water system, and allow for the monitoring the impact of water management strategies pursued by projects and partners. To enhance the sharing and use of geospatial information, the IWLEARN.NET Web Platform will give the portfolio access to user-friendly GIS functionality and available project data, complemented with existing water system data from authoritative sources.

The Visualization Tool includes a presentation of the entire GEF IW portfolio using data from the Portfolio Results Archive & the IW:LEARN Project Database classified into basic categories that are applicable to all projects. The Tracking Tool will be the primary source of data for the visual part of the Portfolio Results Archive. The other part addresses project level datasets, where projects will have the flexibility to customize the visualization based on specific project needs and choosing from a variety of datasets. IW:LEARN will provide user-friendly tools where projects can share their spatial data and metadata for this second level of the visualization tool.



How it works

Data sources

Main data sources for all maps




Portfolio Map

The Portfolio Visualization is a global map on which viewers can overlay selected layers to display the impacts and interventions of the GEF IW portfolio. The Portfolio Visualization Tool is able to show portfolio level impacts and project locations. In time, it will also show selected important basin trends in the impacts the projects interventions are having on them.

Users can select a base map by clicking the '+' sign on the top right side of the map. Overlays (such as ecosystem type, GEF Agency, Project Status, with/without project) are available at the display panel on the outer right side of the map. When a user clicks on a pin or boundary, either a list of project titles or a project title with a description of the project will be displayed onscreen. The complete project title and a description with a link to in-depth details will also be displayed just below the map on the same page.

Data for the tool is derived from Project Websites. The map is provided by a choice of open source tools. The Visualization tool will use data from project submissions of the GEF IW Tracking Tool to show basin level trends.

Geographic information detailing the PCU location, project demonstration sites, and hotspots in the following formats:

If in CSV format, the coordinates should be encoded as Well-known text (WKT) for Points, Linestrings, Polygons, MultiPoints, MultiLinestrings, MultiPolygons

Images should be in GeoTIFF format (i.e. with embedded geoinformation)

Shape files (if possible in EPSG:4326 projection)

The IW:LEARN has prepared a form to help projects supply the necessary basic information. Download the Visualization Data Matrix.



Portfolio Results Map

Portfolio Results Graph

The Portfolio Results Archive consists of a spatial visual representation of the Portfolio Results Archive (PRA), which highlights the results and progress mainly reported by the projects on basic indicators set out in the GEF IW Tracking Tool. The PRA aims to help the portfolio learn from its past results and to communicate the portfolio's work to key stakeholders. The main source of data for the Portfolio Results Map is the GEF IW Tracking Tool. The Tracking Tool is designed to support GEF's approach to Results-Based Management. The GEF IW TT includes all indicators in the GEF IW Focal Area Strategy. These indicators represent the normal three types of IW indicators used in this Focal Area: process, stress reduction, and environmental/water resources and socioeconomic status indicators.

Secondary sources are relevant documents periodically submitted by projects such as the IW Results Notes, which may vary in quality, format and also response rate, but which contain significant details of project results and lessons learned.

To ensure that the information (reports, publications, results notes photos, etc.) is accurate and present, projects are requested to counter-check the results reflected in their individual project profile on a regular and basis, and to communicate to the IW:LEARN team any newly published reports, documents and updates to ensure that these are archived in the project database and reflected in the PRA.



Legal Framework Map

The Governance Legal Framework Map was based on the report published in 2011 which discusses the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to 28 international water bodies that were identified as part of the United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) "Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks" project.

The analysis in this report is organized by a common set of eighteen (18) criteria and is intended to provide information that can be used to support further research and analysis, with the ultimate goal of identifying a set of common elements of good governance for transboundary freshwater and marine water bodies as well as groundwater systems.

Click on an area to display the country or the basin covered by a specific legal framework and the projects linked to it. By clicking on the '+' sign, viewers can select between a 'country' or 'basin' overlay or both. Clicking on any project on the popup balloon will reveal the full details on the legal framework on a separate page.

The report was based on primary materials that establish legal and institutional frameworks, such as international agreements (including treaties and conventions where applicable), protocols or action plans. Where relevant secondary materials were available (primarily for water bodies with more extensive legal frameworks), those secondary materials are identified and referenced as appropriate. The report is based on information available as of June 2010. Projects are requested to share information to the IW:LEARN Team and to publish news on their websites regarding policy and legal framework relevant to their area of work.



Geonode is a customizable mapping tool which allows the user to browse and share geospatial data, and to explore maps from existing content or upload and create maps from new content.

Through Geonode, GEF IW projects and partner organizations can host and easily share geodata and maps online through the IW:LEARN server, and generate custom maps for embedding in their own website, regardless of platform being used.

The data and maps have been pulled together with the help of GEF IW projects, partner organizations and other authoritative sources, while a few projects have started using Geonode on a regular basis to host online their datasets. Accepted data formats include are either Shapefile or GeoTIFF. Ideally, the shapefile should include .shp, .dbf, .shx and .prj portion of the shapefile Projects are highly encouraged to use Geonode to upload any relevant data and maps for sharing, archiving and as a web mapping service.



    CollectiveGeo Plone extension

    IW:LEARN provides a service to GEF IW projects who are interested to develop and host their own website through the Website Toolkit. The Website Toolkit is a user-friendly and powerful content management system (based on Plone CMS) which can function as an extranet and intranet server, document publishing system, and as a groupware tool for online collaboration between users. It also uses extension that allows publishing of data and hosting of maps, spatial data and geo-referencing of website contents.

    IW:LEARN is actively contributing to the development of Collective.Geo, the extension which enables the geo-referencing of website contents and displaying this information over a map. One of its useful features is that it provides KML views for georeferenced objects, allowing Plone content types to be visualized in Google Earth.

    Learn more about the Website Toolkit at http://iwlearn.net/websitetoolkit.

    Watch a demonstration on how Collective.Geo works in the Website Toolkit/Plone.

    For full details on Collective.Geo, visit http://plone.org/products/collective.geo.

    Projects using the IW:LEARN Toolkit can start visualization projects using collective.geo. Please contact the IW:LEARN Team should you need any assistance in deploying collective.geo.
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