Online Material Flow Analysis Tool (OMAT)
The Online Material Flow Analysis Tool (OMAT) is a free, open source tool, developed by Metabolism of Cities that can be used to undertake a Material Flow Analysis (MFA). More specifically, the goals of OMAT are:
- To make it easy for researchers to save a dataset either for an Economy-Wide EUROSTAT-based MFA, or for a dataset with datagroups defined by the researcher.
- To have a practical tool that helps with the logistics behind data collection, including keeping track of sources and providing a space for comments and discussion around each data point.
- To collaboratively work on the same dataset at the same time.
- To make it easy to share datasets with other researchers or with the public.
OMAT is similar to STAN in that it is free software and it is available for flow analysis. However, OMAT is based on an online platform which means that it is not necessary to install any program on the computer, and it can be used on any type of operating system. OMAT is furthermore focused on EW-MFA rather than Substance Flow Analysis.
In September 2014, Metabolism of Cities launched OMAT in its beta version to the public. The team has been improving it ever since, and in February 2018 Metabolism of Cities applied various upgrades to OMAT in order to improve navigation and data management. OMAT has been used by various groups at universities and the system is also used by individual researchers to manage their MFA. We invite you to start using it for your own MFA and to let us know if you have any questions or comments.
We invite programmers to join the development of this free service, and we invite researchers to either start a project now or get in touch with specific requests so that we can tailor the program to the need of people in the industry and get feedback from those who help us test the software.