Stabilizing the OFoot Decision Support Tool for Interdisciplinary Research
CSANR Project 182
The CSANR supported online carbon calculator, OFoot, provides a user-friendly interface suitable for not just researchers, but also producers and students, to estimate whole farm carbon footprints. OFoot continues to be a key component to many research, extension, and educational efforts. Recent planned projects require the tool to be stable, easily maintained, and have good performance. However, the current state of the tool does not meet these requirements due to the poor quality of its hosting environment and lack of long-term financial support. To ensure that the tool continues to benefit research and education relating to organic and sustainable agriculture in the future, the tool must be moved to a new hosting environment. Once the tool is stable, The USDA-ARS Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystems Research unit has plans to support the tool using long-term guaranteed funds from the USDA-ARS funded program, the Long-Term Agroecological Research network. This project will increase the research impact of the OFoot tool by determining the best hosting environment, migrating the tool to the new host, and to guiding the transfer of responsibility to the Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystems Research unit.