Agrovoc eConference

In these weeks an electronic discussion conference about AGROVOC takes place. More than 150 practitioners from all over the world subscribed to the conference and more than 50 are activiely participating. Topics are the coverage of AGROVOC, governance, language versions, institutional collaboration and others. The last phase, which just started will discuss the AGROVOC concept server.

International Conference on Semantic Web and Digital Libraries

From February 20 -23 I participated in the ICSD in Bangalore, organized by ARD Prasad from the Documentation, Research and Training Center of the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore. My group presented the Ontology based electronic FNA journal and the proposal for an AGRIS OAI architecture. I was furthermore Theme Speaker in the session on "Institutional Repositories and Case Studies" and participated in the concluding Panel discusion on "Semantic Web and Digital Libraries:Research & collaborations".

Keynote Speech at the eFarmer central Europe conference

I was invited to deliver a keynote at the Central Europe Conference of the eFarmer project (eFarmer Central European Conference 2007). The title of my presentation is "Knowledge Exchange Infrastructure for Agricultural Research and Technology" (see attached file). The eFarmer project has been granted by the EC in the context of the eContent Program.

Speech of Mr. Horst Forster

It is taking a new approach. Focussed on building the European Digital Library. Preservation at the moment relatively small part, but it needs to grow because very many research questions to cope with in the area of digital content.

Technology enhancend learning. Different approach than elearning upto now. Elaerning was about remote access to learning. That is not a research topic anymore. NO WE should look how technology will support those who are teaching.

FP7 in Motion: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics, Digital Libraries and Content.

Luxembourg, 2007-01-23

I am participating in the Information days of the Directorate e of the IST area of the European Commission. The Director Harald Forster, and the 2 Unit heads, Pat Manson (Digital Libraries and Technology enhanced Learning) and Roberto Cencioni (Intelligent Content and Semantics) have organized this meeting to inform about the possibilities and constraints to present projects to be funded within FP7. There are more than 300 participants from throughout Europe.
We have been invited to present a project within the "proposals clinic".

Africa in the 7th framework

This is a very important news! The Organizer of the Europe Africa Concertation Meeting told me today, that all African Research Institutions are eligible for funding in projects of the 7th framewwork. My information up to now was, that only SouthAfrican Institutions would be eligible. This should be wrong. South African Institutions have another advantage. They will get specific funding also from their government if they participate in 7th framework projects.
If this verifies it is revolutionary and will change our approach to the 7th framework program.

Biochemistry Publications (1989 - 1996)

Leaching Indices of Some Major Triazine Metabolites;

Keizer,J.Bottoni, P., and Funari, E. Chemosphere, Vol. 32 No.7. pp.1401-1411, 1996.


Acute Toxicity of two Carbamates to the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and the Zebra fish (Brachydanio rerio)

Gallo,D.; Keizer,J.; Merendino,A.; e Vittozzi,L.; The Science of the Total Environment; Vol. 171 Nos 1 - 3 pp 131 - 137, 1995

Professional events 2006

Tour of the GAAS Information Institute

Permalink Dinner with President Luo

Sunday night we had the official banquet with President Luo of GAAS, who is also vice secretary of the party committee of Guangdong. Dr. Luo emphasized that the province of Guangdong was among the first in 1998 to bring internet services into rural areas. Bridging the rural digital divide would be one of their main goals and he wishes collaboration whit FAO on this

Meeting with the AGRIS group at CAAS

Knowledge and Information Management

This is an email I sent today to some of my colleagues. It is here out of context but could be of interest nevertheless.

Greetings from Bangalore airport, which is a quite uncomfortable place as there are no airline lounges and the crowds are filling up a small waiting area. Unfortunately all outbound flights from here to the "West" depart after 1 am......