WIKWIO Portal - Collaborative Platform

This website is presenting the WIKWIO project, the various activities (e.g. workshops, missions, techniques used), the partners, the project resources (bibliographical, botanical resources, fact sheets on species and identification system), contact of project coordinators and links to the participatory portal.

WIKWIO aims to create a participatory and collaborative space for both public and members of the WIKWIO project

It allows to:

  • Access or contribution to species information spreadsheets
  • Supply weed observations (e.g. from missions, weed control practices, unidentified weeds)
  • Supply maps (the geo-referenced layers can be superposed on a background google map)
  • Share information, working documents, check lists of species
  • Access the IDAO identification tool online.
  • Create working groups on specific topics;
  • Create, animate and participate to online discussions;

Any page, document or photo can be subject to comments for/from members of the portal. These comments will include the basis for exchanges between the partners.

This portal is for public consultation but participation and contribution in this portal requires registration. Registration is validated by the project coordinators to prevent automated registrations or registrations from people with other intentions (e.g. people that are clearly not associated to agriculture or botany). By the end of the workshop there are currently 33 members registered to the portal. The workshop participants have been trained in the use of this portal and are now able to present it in their professional networks and seek new registrations.


IDAO identification of weeds using the identikit tool enables the identification of a first set of 200 weed species of cropping systems in the Indian Ocean at any stage of development or from incomplete samples, without requiring prior knowledge in botany or taxonomy. Moreover, this process is less sensitive to errors than a classical identification-tree, where one mistake can lead to a completely wrong identification.

Species are listed in order of probability of consistency with the information provided by the user.

All the species are fully described in French language, with information on its origin, distribution, ecology and weediness, control methods used, sources (references), and are abundantly illustrated.

This first version will be completed according to the full list of species of the project and at least a bilingual (French/ English) version will be available.

During the discussion it was also proposed to add a version in creole and in Bhojpuri (an Indian language frequently used by farmers in Mauritius). This will mainly depend on the capacity to translate the species spread sheets.

IDAO is a working tool, but also a way for the dissemination of knowledge and a teaching and training tool. It is accessible from the WIKWIO portal and website.

Several versions will be developed during the project for any kind of use according to the location, the device used and the internet connectivity:

  • A CD-rom for use on computer without internet connection.
  • A SVG version for online use with computer, tablet or smartphone with 3G+ or WiFi connection from the website and the portal of the project.
  • An off-line encapsulated version for tablets or smartphone use without 3G+ connection

Please write to project at wikwio dot org for any comments and feedback!