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Tuesday, February 7 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Technical Session. Using Database Driven Web Content to Improve Anglers Access to Information

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AUTHORS: Jeff Kopaska, Brandon Burnett - Iowa Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Web page and technology management is a continual challenge for natural resources agencies. Staff familiar with technology are often ill-informed of natural resources issues and concepts, whereas natural resources experts are regularly disconnected from technological advances. Staff with an understanding of both realms are uncommon, and as such are usually stretched thin because of the demands placed on their time and skill sets. Beginning in 2004, agency fisheries personnel in Iowa began to record management activities regarding waterbodies in an online data system. This effort was initiated as a mechanism to catalog historical, relevant data in advance of retirements that would cause a loss of institutional knowledge. Subsequently, weekly fishing reports, fish survey data, water quality data, fishing regulations, stocking records and local amenities have also been integrated into online data systems. Online mapping software has also been integrated, allowing bathymetric data and fishing structure locations to be displayed along with other relevant fishery information. Recent developments in web page management (content management systems) have allowed static web pages to be replaced with templates that dynamically create individual web pages from data warehoused in the aforementioned data systems. Web based data storage system developments allow local natural resources staff to maintain their records, while simultaneously maintaining current contents on web pages. These improvements allow anglers to access their most frequently requested information immediately, with no additional staff time expended.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 4:20pm - 4:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom D

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