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.


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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For Application Domains

Biodiversity Conservation

Estuarine, Coastal And Marine Management

Fish And Wildlife Management

Decision Problem Types Targeted

Status Assessment

Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Conservation Of Biodiversity

Estuarine And Marine Ecosystem Modeling

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served

Stakeholder Engagement

Methods And Techniques Implemented

Spatial Analysis And Modeling Methods

Stakeholder Interview



Unix Variant

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Web Enabled

True ^^ Http://Www.W3.Org/2001/Xmlschema#Boolean

Online Download Available

True ^^ Http://Www.W3.Org/2001/Xmlschema#Boolean

Developer Assistance Needed For Installation/Configuration

False ^^ Http://Www.W3.Org/2001/Xmlschema#Boolean



Licensing Type

Open Source

Tool Maker


Information Source

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

Contact Person

Tim Welch


Martin Wong

Parent Categories

Aspatial Decision Support Tools

Software Tools And Models - All

Spatial Decision Support Tools

First Created

2009-10-13T14:39:19.452 ^^

Last Updated


Software Type

Aspatial Decision Support Tools

Spatial Decision Support Tools

Decision Process Activity Types Served

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


IntroductionPlanning/Decision ContextPlanning And Spatial Decision ProcessSpatial Planning And Decision Problem TypesMethods And Techniques
methods and techniques; methodology
TechnologyData And Domain KnowledgePeople And ParticipationResources