Systems Analysis

SYSTORY

The SYSTORY app allows creation of different scenarios for coastal ecosystems

WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

SYSTORY is an application (app) for smart phones and tablets.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS TO IT?

SYSTORY has two parts — an ‘explore’ function and an ‘experiment’ function.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

SYSTORY assists managers to understand and visualise the dynamics of coastal systems and assess the influence of alternative scenarios on system trajectories over time.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

SYSTORY runs on Apple and Android phones and tablets. It will have both ‘explore’ and ‘experiment’ functions. ‘Explore’ will allow users to explore a story of the system and learn how coastal ecosystems and people interact. ‘Experiment’ will allow users to run simulations for user-defined scenarios and see how these scenarios affect the behaviour of the system.

WHEN IS IT USED?

SYSTORY can be used for policy evaluation, community engagement or teaching. For instance, it might be used to assess the impact of land use zoning policies on fish habitat and fish catch, or the impact of fishing management policies (such as a cap on boat numbers) on fish catch and fish price. It might also be used with community groups to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different policies and determine their preferred policies. It might also be used with students to teach them about how coastal systems work, and how they respond to different management scenarios.

IN WHAT FORMAT IS IT AVAILABLE?

SYSTORY is available as an app, via the Apple app for iOS and Google Play store (from April 2018).

WHO IS THE TARGET END-USER?

  • Government departments involved in community engagement and policy evaluation
  • NGOs involved in community engagement
  • Educational institutions teaching courses in systems thinking or system dynamics

WHAT USER SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

No specific user skills are required.

WHERE DO YOU ACCESS THE TOOL?

SYSTORY can be accessed via the Apple app store for iOS and Google Play (from April 2018).

NOTE: SYSTORY will only appear in a search on the Apple app store when the search is done on a smart phone or tablet. It will not appear if the search is performed on a computer.

WHAT IS THE COST OF USING THE TOOL?

SYSTORY is available free of charge, under the user agreement and stated terms and conditions (see www.ccres.net)

IS TECHNICAL TRAINING OR SUPPORT REQUIRED?

No. SYSTORY will contain a ‘help’ function for users.


STATUS: IN PROGRESS/PENDING UPLOADS


 

For more information, contact Dr Carl Smith The University of Queensland