Ecotrust releases open source tool for complex decision makers
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Ecotrust released its Madrona software platform into the wilds of the open source software community this week. Click through to see a gallery of sample applications.
Ecotrust this week released an open source software platform that the nonprofit group hopes will be used to support collaborative processes for complex decision making.
The software, called Madrona, builds on Ecotrust's 20 years of experience using mapping, database and other software tools to tackle complex topics like marine reserves and forest management.
"Madrona is essentially a packaging of features into a single platform," said Tim Welch, senior developer for Ecotrust.
Madrona's release is aimed at the open source software development world, where Welch and others at Ecotrust intend for it to be used in various realms including involving citizens in government processes and considering myriad factors in urban planning.
In a blog post, Welch compared Madrona to the plans for building a house. "Ultimately, how you build it is up to you," he wrote.
"Governments and communities at every scale all over the globe are challenged to find innovative solutions for living well in the 21st century," said Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust’s executive vice president, in a press release. "We feel that the time is right to offer up the Madrona suite of tools."
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