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AQUARIUS - Trawling the Net

The AQUARIUS project, one of a number of projects financed under the "Education and Training Sector" of the Telematics Applications programme, is using the Internet to provide customized information services to meet the particular needs of the European aquaculture sector.

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The AQUARIUS project, one of a number of projects financed under the "Education and Training Sector" of the Telematics Applications programme, is using the Internet to provide customized information services to meet the particular needs of the European aquaculture sector.

The AQUARIUS project has developed an information space on the World Wide Web which provides the aquaculture sector with a wealth of information services to meet a wide variety of needs: interactive courses and multimedia courseware; news about conferences and events; contact directories; expert help-line; online seminars and journals; electronic newsletters; and links to main academic sites and institutes.

The core technology in the AQUARIUS project is a highly flexible database known as the Information Content Extreme (ICE) system which acts as a multi-purpose storage and retrieval facility for documents, images, video and other courseware and information.

One example of the valuable information which AQUARIUS provides to fish farmers is its online Farm Performing System (FPS). FPS is a benchmark system through which farmers can compare a range of important data, such as their input, yield or production figures, to an average set of figures calculated on the basis of data provided by fellow farmers. The system is based on user anonymity.

AQUARIUS is also providing support for ERASMUS courses which are available through multipoint videoconferencing, allowing interactive learning for aquaculture students. These courses are currently available to MSc and PhD students in Wageningen (NL), Gent (B) and Trondheim (NOR). They will also soon be on offer in Aberdeen (UK), Crete (GR) and Heidelberg (DE), other universities participating in the project.

The AQUARIUS resource provides a wide range of new information, education and training to the participating fish farming community in Europe using existing internet connectivity which is available even to first time users of the WWW. This bridges a gap in information access and telematics exploitation for the aquaculture community.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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