Stellenbosch University

Project Description

Feeding the nation

Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing food sector in the world. The Website Engineer collaborated with Stellenbosch University and the Water Research Commission (WRC), to create a user-friendly platform where fish farmers, academics, and those who need/provide help in the industry, can work together to help grow our the aquaculture industry in South Africa. Stellenbosch University is one of the largest tertiary institutions in South Africa, and the WRC is a government based institution focused on mitigating water shortages in South Africa.

Providing tools that anyone can use

Among other things, this project included building a database integrated with a mapping system where you could narrow down who or what you are looking for based on tags. For example, need advice from someone in the Western Cape on Trout farming, and how to deal with elevated temperatures over summer? Easy, go to the map displaying fish farmers over South Africa, select the Western Cape province, then select “trout” under tags, and contact the registered farmers directly. Or, if you are a “do-it-yourself” kinda guy, go the the forums’ page, add the “trout” and “Western Cape” tags, and see what people are saying with regards to your issue. Problem solved!

Gaining data

Getting enough information on an internal database to fully utilize the search functionality takes time. Input will be needed from subscribers for related topics to build a database with sufficient information. Website owners can, however, instigate conversations on forums and upload information to form a basis for subscribers to grow from. However, we could also hook you up with search tags not only limited to the internal database but also to… well… you know….Google. This will prevent limitation for your subscribers while your website is still in its infant stage with limited information available, giving the internal database time to grow whilst being supplemented with external sources.