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Cork 2014 (UB-1)

The first meeting for the SAFI program was held in Cork, Ireland on March 28, 2014, in University College Cork (UCC).

Run and facilitated by staff from the University and the Daithí O' Murchu Marine Research Station (DOMMRS), this series of small workshops focused on gathering the needs and requirements of experts and operators in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, which shall serve to shape SAFI's communications, product development and SAFI services platform design.

These identified needs and requirements were distilled into a series of actions, which shall be achieved over the course of the next year, and shall be reported on at the next User Consultation Meeting in March 2015. The user requirements from SAFI's extensive consultations were combined with the requiremnets gathered at this meeting and incorporated into SAFI's User Requirement document, which guides the development of our product and our services.
The SAFI project team wishes to thank participants for their enthusiasm, their ideas and their constructive criticism at this firs meeting in Cork. Your contribution is very much appreciated and we look forward to addressing your requirements and recommendations.

Cork UB-1 Outputs:

The requirements and recommendations gathered at the meeting were distilled into a series of actions, to be undertaken by the SAFI project partners.
For more information, or if you have any further requirements you wish to highlight, please do not hesitate to contact Rory Scarrott (UCC).

Session 1 - Shaping SAFI's Product & Service Developmentition

The following actions were identified from the recommendations made and the requirements noted:

  1. SAFI product descriptions to contain information on reliability, validation, etc., where possible.

  2. SAFI online service design to take into account userboard input and feedback in relation to online services

  3. Guidance, review and feedback from the target audiences to be included in defining the online service itself.

  4. SAFI to analyse all information needs collected at UB meeting for consideration in product & service design.

  5. SAFI to note those expressed needs which remain to be addressed, potentially through future activities outside the SAFI initiative.

  6. Based on the impacts highlighted by the UB for the various issues of concern, where possible SAFI shall take these into account.

  7. SAFI to scope the potential for the project to provide relevant information on MSFD indicators.

Session 2 - Shaping SAFI's Communications Strategy

The following actions were identified from the recommendations made and the requirements noted:

  1. SAFI to ensure that appropriate language is used in external communications depending on the target audience

  2. SAFI to ensure that feedback to contributors is a vital component of its communications strategy.

  3. SAFI to analyse all suggestion from UB meeting in context of the SAFI Communications strategy.

  4. SAFI to ensure newsletter emails are subscribed to voluntarily, providing a mechanism for signup on the SAFI website and an “unsubscribe” option.

  5. Content recommendations from the userboard shall help guide content for all three SAFI newsletters.

  6. SAFI to carefully consider its key target audiences, and how they typically respond to newsletters (where they would read them, etc.).

  7. SAFI communication plan/strategy to consider both print and electronic formats for the newsletter.

  8. SAFI to ensure the User feedback and the actions SAFI takes to incorporate this is made available to consulted users.

  9. SAFI project to report on how user feedback has been incorporated at the next user meeting.

  10. SAFI DSS designers to scope the option for multiple interest sectors to be addressed using the same core system (with multiple front-ends tailored to users?).