The D-NOSES project and methods are all about inclusion. Inclusion in the broadest sense is not just about inviting people to the table. It is essential that when they come to the table they can understand and fully contribute to the discussion. Otherwise, they are not truly represented.
The International Odour Observatory was created to provide a resource for all stakeholders, to begin to level the playing field and increase awareness and knowledge. The Observatory offers information, advice, inspiration and tools for industry, policy makers, regulators, researchers and citizens to address odour issues.
The platform was co-designed with representatives from different stakeholder groups to ensure its relevance and confirm its purpose. Taking on board their feedback at several stages of development, the Observatory now includes: toolkits, case studies, academic research, best practice examples, pilot project updates, information on measuring odours and odour regulations.
Presenting information in an accessible format using plain, non-technical language allows stakeholders to gain a more common understanding of the issues and language used in odour management. This helps dialogue and more effective communication between the parties that can otherwise have disparate levels of knowledge and familiarity with the subject. ,
The International Odour Observatory also provides a route to the tools used within the D-NOSES pilots: Community Maps and OdourCollect which are both open for contributions.
The Observatory is constantly being updated and refined and the team would very much welcome any feedback. So, if you have any suggestions for improvement or additional content, we would love to hear it – simply email us!