Building a virtual community for organic agriculture
by Sotiris Karetsos, Constantina Costopoulou, Maria Ntaliani
International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2008

Abstract: Although organic agriculture is gaining ground in agriculture worldwide, a number of countries still encounter problems, mostly related to the lack of validated information and knowledge, of technical support from specialised agronomists, of coordination and organisation of the trading network and of promoting mechanisms. The appropriate use of web technologies and mobile communications can help in the solution of the aforementioned problems. In this context, this article describes a multi-access portal that provides crucial, accurate and certified content related to organic agriculture through personal computers with connection to the internet or mobile phones. Also, it supports the building of a virtual community, in this way facilitating the exchange of experiences and views and the establishment of business collaborations among organic agriculture stakeholders. The proposed portal was developed according to the Unified Modelling Language (UML)-based Rational Unified Process (RUP) life cycle approach, and has been implemented for the Greek case.

Online publication date: Wed, 02-Jul-2008

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