WIKIAlps – the Alpine WIKI
Spatial development is a crucial issue in the Alpine Space where economy, society and environment have to coexist in a very confined space. Any small action taken in any of these fields can trigger big alterations in the others. In the same way, actions taken at local, regional or national level have consequences that affect other countries within the Alpine Space. A balanced and shared territorial development in all the Alpine Space countries needs appropriate, current and manageable information for a sound decision-making. Nowadays, the large and diverse amount of information available complicates the search for correct and useful pieces.
The AlpES project partners are contributing towards streamlining information in the Alpine Space by making information and results publicly available through the WIKIAlps website. The WIKIAlps is accessible to the general public and everyone with expertise on Alpine Space topics is invited to share their knowledge by editing or creating new pages. By expanding the WIKIAlps with information related to the AlpES project, the website is strengthening its position as an important knowledge platform on the Alpine space. ..
Part of the AlpES project is the development of an interactive and interoperable AlpES WebGIS through which ecosystem services (ES) indicators and their metadata are made available. A geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate and present spatial (or geographic) data. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map, using any information that includes a location. In this way, people can compare different elements in order to understand how they relate to one another. In the case of the AlpES WebGIS, data that can be visualised on the map include the eight selected ES.
In the WebGIS AlpES stakeholders can create their own ES maps and use these to inform themselves about the state of individual ES in their municipality or region. The WebGIS will be made available in the five AlpES project languages (EN, DE, FR, IT, SL) and linked to the alpine knowledge platform WIKIAlps (www.wikialps.eu).