Using a virtual world to enable real world decision making

Reardon-Smith, Kate and Farley, Helen and Stone, Roger and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Cliffe, Neil and Doyle, Joanne and Martin, Neil and Maraseni, Tek and Marcussen, Torben and Lindesay, Janette and Loch, Adam and Kealley, Matt (2013) Using a virtual world to enable real world decision making. In: 1st Digital Rural Futures Conference: Smart Farms - Smart Regions (DRF 2013) , 26-28 Jun 2013, Armidale, Australia.

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The economic and environmental viability of farming enterprises depends on good decision making. However, seasonal conditions and weather events can play a major role in determining the outcome of such decisions. Ready access to targeted climate information at time scales appropriate to on-farm decision making and knowing how best to use this information is of growing importance, particularly in regions subject to increasing climatic variability and risk. 'Discussion support' systems in agriculture are designed to foster topical discussion between stakeholders to enhance knowledge and awareness, skills development and improved decision making; they are effectively the basis for participatory workshops and
field days common to agricultural extension programs. However, declining funding and policy support for
face-to-face extension is driving a search for alternative tools and information delivery modes. Digital
technologies now provide a viable and cost-effective option with potential to complement and expand the reach of conventional extension services.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © University of New England, 2013.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 03:08
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural extension; virtual worlds; machinima; educational technology
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080102 Artificial Life
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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