In order to become a digital "meeting point", there was a necessity for the development of a web-based platform including different components and functionalities supporting building Communities of Practices (CoPs).
Communities of practice are groups of people who are informally bound to one another by sharing a common class of problem. As Integrated Coastal Zone Management is key to the sustainable planning and development of densely populated delta areas worldwide, there is an increasing demand of sharing of information, experience and knowledge in solving different coastal engineering problems.
In order to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge within the coastal community both nationally and internationally, the structure, design and functionalities of the NetCoast site was designed to meet these needs.
One of the main aims of the NETCOAST web-based platform was to become a digital "meeting point" where professionals in integrated coastal zone engineering and management would come for the latest relevant information/knowledge, documents, publications, modelling tools, fresh links to other sites and for professional collaboration and dissemination of information.