G2) Knowledge base and communication

Juliette Cortes Arevalo

"Via storylines and data management, we design a knowledge-base to give overview of results while linking to existing platforms to increase accessibility and reach to water professionals"

Practical motivation

RiverCare research is about monitoring and evaluating the overall effects of some of the Room for the River interventions to reduce maintenance and optimise benefits. To increase the access and availability of our work to water professionals in the Netherlands and abroad, in this project, we make explicit benefits and limitations of our research and document underlying datasets. The design of a prototype knowledge-base targets water professionals such the ones involved in our partner organisations to:

  1. Give an overview of available publications, data and reports;
  2. Explain benefits and limitations by translating via storylines the river intervention effects that we are looking at  with our main publications.
  3. Communicate the context of our program, related activities and main outputs while contributing to existing platforms to reach and target a wide audience of water professionals.

Research aim

For effective communication and to get feedback about RiverCare results, this project aims at identifying:

  • user’s perspectives about the potential benefits of a knowledge-base within and beyond RiverCare program
  • design criteria for the potential usefulness of specific components such as storylines
  • possibilities to re-use and adapt developed prototypes while linking to existing platforms
  • users preferences and usability of developed prototypes to identify needs for improvement and alternative communication efforts



We follow the road map proposed by Gemert-Pijnen et al. (2011) for the development of online tools, which consists of five phases: contextual inquiry, value specification, design, operationalisation and summative evaluation (Figure 1).

  1. In the contextual phase,  we elicit users’ perspectives via interviews with participants that are related and non-related to our program
  2. For the value specification phase, we evaluate prototype examples in focus groups to identify benefits for potential users.
  3. Apply design considerations that were identify both from the contextual and value phase to improve design examples and online eprototypes.
  4. inquiry can be used as an input for the next research step that is the value or benefit
    specification of the storylines. In the remainder of this section, we first describe the
    research setting and outline the methods used to: i) elicit users’ perspectives; ii) apply
    them in a design example; and iii) discuss the example in a group setting.

Supervisory team

Prof. dr. ir. Mascha van der voort


prof. dr. Suzanne Hulscher


Last modified: 01/07/2018

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Users’ perspectives about the potential usefulness of online storylines to communicate river research to a multi-disciplinary audience

14/08/2018 by Juliette Cortes Arevalo et al.

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Understanding actor perspectives regarding challenges for integrated river basin management

09/08/2018 by Robert-Jan den Haan et al.

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The interactive menu and the first RiverCare videos

23/02/2018 by Robert-Jan den Haan

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RiverCare Newsletter editions

25/06/2018 by Juliette Cortes Arevalo

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RiverCare meeting room


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