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Complementary software solutions for efficient timber logging and trade management

Authors
Anastasiadou, Despina (Information Technologies Institute - CERTH)
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Koulinas, Kostas (Information Technologies Institute - CERTH)
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Kiourtsis, Fotis (Forests & Rural Affairs General Directorate, DAMT)
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Athanasiadis, Ioannis N. (Democritus University of Thrace)
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Chapter Workshop Usability and user oriented process models for EMS
Volume Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Environmental Informatics - Informatics for Environmental Protection, Sustainable Development and Risk Management
Conference EnviroInfo 2014 - ICT for Energy Effieciency
Oldenburg, 2014
Year 2014
Abstract of the Article
Timber logging and trade is a complex system with important environmental, but also economic
and societal dimensions. Today, the timber market has become global, not only for high-valued
timber products, but also for technical and fire wood. At the same time, illegal logging is a
common hurdle in almost all stages of the timber lifecycle from forest to market, creating a
positive feedback cycle that starts with local environmental degradation and leads to severe
impacts on global climate change. Timber certification and traceability are key aspects that may
ensure supply-chain transparency, illegal logging mitigation, and forest management
sustainability. Information systems have a central role to play in an application domain that is
hardly digitized, such as forestry. Providing innovative technological solutions to support the daily
work of the local forest service is critical, but the integration of ICT technologies in their
operations is indeed a challenging endeavour. In this paper, a set of complementary software
solutions is presented that aim to assist timber logging, transportation and trade management, and
consequently to support efficient wood certification. The paper also outlines how forest service
staff perceptions were integrated at an early stage in the design and development phase in order to
increase system usability and maximise the potential for technology assimilation.
Pages 783 - 788
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