The U.S. Endangered Species Act directs the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to develop plans that guide the recovery of threatened and endangered species. All recovery plans to-date have been written and published on paper (or as PDFs), and have been rarely if ever updated. As of October 2016, half of all recovery plans are 19 years old or older. These out-of-date, non-interactive plans limit recovery and limit our (collective) ability to integrate other regulatory aspects of the ESA, such as section 7 consultation, with recovery. FWS and NMFS recognize the need to update how recovery planning is done.
A prototype dynamic recovery plan based on WordPress. The layout of this version is most-similar to the Shiny version, but rich text editing, security, collaboration, and other features already developed.
WordPress is extremely well-developed and maintained (e.g., security, sharing)
Easy-to-navigate interface (flexible)
Some setup and maintenance required (but not much)
An early prototype dynamic recovery plan written using Shiny for R. The layout is somewhat Wikipedia-esque, with tabs running along the top of the page. This prototype is a shell of a recovery plan: extensive ‘back-end’ work would need to be done to make this plan type fully functional.
Novel interface for recovery plans
Data-driven figures and tables integrate directly with the plan
Considerably higher development costs (see intro blurb)
Steeper learning curve for editing (once developed)
DISCONTINUTED – WE SPUN DOWN THE SERVER WITH THE DISCOURSE INSTANCE BECAUSE IT WAS VERY UNLIKELY TO BE ADOPTED.
A dynamic recovery plan built using Discourse, which is a modern discussion board platform for “civilized discussion.” The layout is driven by categories and the time when edits are made, i.e., is different than what many people may be used to.
Novel, community-centric platform for recovery plans
Fully developed, including security and editing tools
Unfamiliar user interface, steeper learning curve for editing