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The Primary Impact identifies clear alignments between the VVG study findings on access, quality and usage, with those of previous research (Table 2), particularly in terms of:

Table 2

Aligning the VVG impacts with existing research knowledge

Key findings from the existing literatureAligned Primary Impact measure of the VVG (data discovery)
Ease of access and visualisation is critical to an enhanced understanding of groundwater/natural resources and improved environmental management (e.g. Lewis et al. 2008; Iwanaga et al. 2013; Garcia-Rodriguez et al. 2014) A single geospatial data portal as a means by which to better access and understand groundwater data 
Technology provides a mechanism through which to build social capital by enhancing equity in information access and knowledge building.(e.g. Simpson et al. 2003; Lloyd-Smith 2009; Busch 2011; Thornton & Leahy 2012; Cegarra-Navarro et al. 2014) An innovative and equitable mechanism for knowledge building and knowledge sharing 
Technology driven knowledge building enhances public participation in planning and decision making (e.g. Ramirez 2007; Jankowski 2009; Martins De Freitas 2010; Jackson et al. 2012) A publicly available portal that facilitates user participation and enhanced decision making 
Access to data (natural resource, groundwater or other types) provides a platform for public education on critical community issues (e.g. Zimmerman & Meyer 2005; Klug & Kmoch 2014) A portal for building community and industry education around groundwater issues 
Key findings from the existing literatureAligned Primary Impact measure of the VVG (data discovery)
Ease of access and visualisation is critical to an enhanced understanding of groundwater/natural resources and improved environmental management (e.g. Lewis et al. 2008; Iwanaga et al. 2013; Garcia-Rodriguez et al. 2014) A single geospatial data portal as a means by which to better access and understand groundwater data 
Technology provides a mechanism through which to build social capital by enhancing equity in information access and knowledge building.(e.g. Simpson et al. 2003; Lloyd-Smith 2009; Busch 2011; Thornton & Leahy 2012; Cegarra-Navarro et al. 2014) An innovative and equitable mechanism for knowledge building and knowledge sharing 
Technology driven knowledge building enhances public participation in planning and decision making (e.g. Ramirez 2007; Jankowski 2009; Martins De Freitas 2010; Jackson et al. 2012) A publicly available portal that facilitates user participation and enhanced decision making 
Access to data (natural resource, groundwater or other types) provides a platform for public education on critical community issues (e.g. Zimmerman & Meyer 2005; Klug & Kmoch 2014) A portal for building community and industry education around groundwater issues 

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