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BOAP presented in Kenya

by hein on December 15th, 2010

From 13 to 16 December 2010 the ‘Regional Disease Surveillance Workshop for Banana’ was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Researchers and plant protection experts from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and Zambia as well as scientists from IITA and Bioversity were present to discuss regional cooperation in the fight against banana diseases BBTV and BXW. As a potential tool to share data across the region, the Banana Open Access Platform was presented (Presentation BOAP). Afterwards the banana experts learned how to use the tool and at the same time discuss the data present. Valuable points on the tool itself  were raised and shortcomings in the data were highlighted. At the workshop changes for Uganda were made and changes to Zambia and Kenya were promised. Some of the topics raised:

  1. BOAP is a very useful tool
  2. The interface has to be made more user friendly. Logging in is not very straightforward and editing needs explanation.
  3. The banana areas presented are often too big and need to be split in smaller units, though this is not possible in the current editor.
  4. Accuracy and reliability were questioned as everybody had access and could edit. Now changes are saved automatically to the dataset. This should be restricted. Any change to the dataset should first be approved by the authors of the website before the change is actually added.
  5. The details of the person who edited should be added to the shapes that were changed as a reference.
  6. It should be possible to add field observations where diseases were diagnosed as points to BOAP.

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