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CGIAR and FAO Working together in Knowledge Sharing

It is only through the transfer and exchange of knowledge , both explicit and tacit, that research organizations can really have an impact on the global issues that are facing mankind in the third millennium. Towards this end, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have joined forces, working collaboratively on several projects.

Kenya 2006-05

In May 2006 I participated in the founding conference of the IAALD Africa chapter in Nairobi. Together with Hugo Besemer I organized during the conference a meeting of the Agris Content Management Taskforce. I also visited KARI (Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute)

Meeting at UNESCO about the future of CDS ISIS

There has been a meeting at UNESCO about the future fo the CDS ISIS software family. The outcome is more or less a request to UNESCO to act
Citation:
i) UNESCO is expected to take a clear political decision regarding the future of the
CDS/ISIS project and the ISIS family of software. The community should be informed
that there is a future for the CDS/ISIS databases.
ii) To support the development of a Free/Libre and Open Source solution for information
management that is based upon the CDS/ISIS concept and the ISIS family, with

CGIAR Knowledgesharing Workshop

The first day during my stay in Nairobi, I participated in the CGIAR Workshop on "Knowledge Sharing in Agricultural Research". Beside interesting techniques for better sharing of tacit knowledge (chat show, Speed dating, World Café) - I know them all from my time as teacher at the German School, I experienced a real Dilemma on this workshop. Speaking about knowledge sharing might significate two totally different situations. The first: Knowledge Sharing between Researchers, this is a straightforward discussion and many things are to be said and to be done.

China, Guangzhou Province, May 2006

On invitation of the Guandong Acadamy of Agricultural Science, I visited in May 2006 the Academy in Guangzhou and various institutions in Guangdong Province. I took the oppportunity also for a backstopping mission to Beijing regarding the AGROVOC mapping project.

The presentations held in Beijing and Guangzhou are attached.

Visit to Department of Agriculture, City of GaoYao

Gaoyao Forestry lesser developed part of Guang Dong Province. Meeting with Information Center that has its own TV channel. DoA land is 550.000 acres . forest covering rate is 57%. Products are good quality rice, vegetables and aquaculture, 130 acres aquacultures. They producing also herbs. there are 500.000 farmers out of a population of 730.000. Producing rice and vegetables for the whole province. Cable tv in 99% of the villages. Some villages only of administrative level. Telephone covering rate 45%. 150.000 telephones. All towns are connected by optical fiber to the city.

Mapping of AGROVOC to the Chinese Agricultural Thesaurus

My group got a grant from a specific program of FAO a for a joint project between FAO and the Chinese Accademy of Agricultural Science. Within this project AGROVOC will be mapped to the Chinese Agricultural Thesaurus. The lead of the project is with FAO in Rome. In Beijig a team of expert is established to do the mapping. Goal is to get deeper access to Chinese agricultural resources and to give better possibilities for Chinese speakers to access FAOs information.

This is a major achievement in the construction of the Agricultural Ontology Service

Professional events 2005

11/30/05
Release of the Webportal for Agricultural Information Management Standards

11/03/05
Presentation at the Annual Conference of ASIST

10/15/05
Expert Consultation on Agricultural Research and Technology Information Systems English (US)

J. Keizer's group was the organizer of track 2 of the expert consultation. He himself gave a
presentation on "The role of bibliographic databases today and Open Archive Services in Agricultural
Science and Technology"

09/29/05
NKOS workshop at the European Conference on Digital Libraries English (US)
The specification of a mapping schema linking the Chinese agricultural thesaurus to AGROVOC
Presentation

09/11/05
Dublin Core 2005 English (US)

Member of the Programme Committee and Keynote Speaker

07/22/05
6th AOS workshop at EFITA 2005

07/01/05
eNRIC Project Manager

06/18/05
Second Workshop on Coherence in Agricultural Information Systems

06/15/05
Open Forum on Metadataregistries

Margherita Sini from Keizer' s group presents The Agricultural Ontology Service - a FAO initiative for
more coherence in agricultural information Systems. Presentation

Publication of the first Core Ontology for Fishery Knowledge

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