MDPI and P97 team up under our IFITT project to ‘put a pep in the step’ of I-Fish…

11 Feb 2016
Indah Rufiati
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I-fish port sampling (http://ifish.id/?q=id/content/about) has been ongoing in various MDPI sites for > 4 years and has always been a paper-based system… until this week! Charles from Point 97 (http://www.pointnineseven.com/) has been on site in Larantuka and Kupang helping to train the MDPI team who will be using the newly developed “dock” application (http://www.pointnineseven.com/dock)  to collect data using android phones (replacing their 5 page data collection form!). Dock is a product being developed by P97 and MDPI is piloting it in 2 of its tuna port sampling sites for the coming months, under the scope of the IFITT project and in collaboration with AP2HI.

The app aims to create efficiencies in the data collection process, decrease on errors and free up some enumerator time to either increase sampling coverage or to engage deeper with the communities where the data collection of MDPI occurs.

MDPI and P97 have been working together for some months to build the app and to insure the deployment process and uptake by the enumerators goes smoothly. By the reactions of Nelly (Enumerator Kupang) , Rui (Supervisor Kupang), Mei (Site Supervisor Seram) and Hendri (Site supervisor Larantuka) in the field, the background work has paid off… the teams will use the app and continue to give feedback for improvements over the coming weeks.

MDPI is excited about what this can mean for expansion of data collection sites. Will efficiencies be obvious? Will the data quality improve? Can this speed up processes to help maintain relationships in the field with supply chain partners? Is this the future of I-Fish? Research being done by University of Bogor, Wageningen University and Washington University students will give us these answers and more in the coming months but until then check back in at www.mdpi.or.id for regular updates on the progress of “Dock” and the teams in Kupang and Larantuka!

Writer: Momo Kochen

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