Semantic Network Modelling and the Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge Simulator

  • Shion TakemuraEmail author
  • Hiroshi Miki
  • Kei Tokita
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


In this chapter we describe construction of our boundary object, called the Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge Simulator (“ILEK-SIM”), to promote dialog and collective thinking between people to solve their local environmental problems using information obtained from various case studies which we have collected throughout the world. In the ILEK-SIM automatic processing techniques are introduced to evaluate the similarity between case studies and reconstruct information by analyzing the GIS data concerning environmental and social conditions and text data obtained in the case studies. The users of the ILEK-SIM can obtain information about various cases similar to those in their local communities from the case studies accumulated in the ILEK-SIM, and make well-balanced decisions and take actions through communication with the members of their community. The concept of the ILEK-SIM and the relevant case studies have been generated and refined through the collaborative knowledge production with ILEK project members who have functioned as bilateral knowledge translators throughout the world.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and NatureKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Japan Fisheries Research and Education AgencyYokohamaJapan
  3. 3.Kyushu Techno CollegeKitakyushuJapan
  4. 4.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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