Community-Based Monitoring Network (CBMN) Web Application

Client: Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB)
Duration: 2011 – Ongoing

Web:  Intranet only
Technology: PHP, MySQL, jQuery, JavaScript, pCharts, Apache HTTP Server

In June 2011, Noreca and IMG-Golder were contracted by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB) to design and implement a Community-based Monitoring Network (CBMN) pilot study for three communities in Nunavut.  The purpose of the CBMN pilot study was to assess the feasibility of later expanding the design to a large-scale study in more Nunavut communities. Our project team was laying the framework required in achieving a Nunavut-wide CBMN through the training of local harvesters and data clerks in data collection and data management, establishing communication media and developing data management protocols. To date, our project team has trained over 40 Harvesters and 6 Data Clerks, in three Nunavut communities (Sanikiluaq, Arviat and Cambridge Bay) who are taking ownership of the CBMN at the local level. Harvesters are using hand-held electronic units to record travel routes, wildlife harvest and wildlife observations as well as weather conditions while out on the land. Data clerks were trained to download the data collected by the harvesters, verify the information through digital photographs taken by the harvesters on the land, and maintain the local database. The data are available through an online portal with restricted access.

The web application is an interactive mapping and database application based on a PHP Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework with latest JavaScript and Ajax technologies. The back-end is based on a MySQL relational database. The custom application is developed around a modular concept and consists of e.g. an upload module, a data analysis tool, a download module for GIS import, an automated timesheet tool for harvester payments, and several interactive mapping features. The CBMN tool is used for wildlife management in Nunavut and part of a continuing effort to collect community-based wildlife and harvest data. Pilot communities in the 2011-2012 study include Cambridge Bay, Arviat and Sanikiluaq with approximately 40 Inuit hunters collecting wildlife data via ultra-rigged hand-held devices made by Juniper Systems. The CBMN web application is lightweight and especially suited for lower bandwidths.

The web application is an interactive mapping and database application based on a PHP Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework with latest JavaScript and Ajax technologies. The back-end is based on a MySQL relational database. The custom application is developed around a modular concept and consists of e.g. an upload module, a data analysis tool, a download module for GIS import, an automated timesheet tool for harvester payments, and several interactive mapping features. The CBMN tool is used for wildlife management in Nunavut and part of a continuing effort to collect community-based wildlife and harvest data. Pilot communities in the 2011-2012 study include Cambridge Bay, Arviat and Sanikiluaq with approximately 40 Inuit hunters collecting wildlife data via ultra-rigged hand-held devices made by Juniper Systems. The CBMN web application is lightweight and especially suited for lower bandwidths.