Introducing IAALD


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Introducing IAALD

  1. 1. Introducing IAALD CTA QAS Management Review Workshop 10 March 2006 Peter Ballantyne
  2. 2. The age of scientific discovery <ul><li>‘ Scientists’ had questions … and they discovered answers </li></ul><ul><li>Often working alone, they corresponded with others questioning and sharing their discoveries </li></ul><ul><li>Some got together in ‘societies’ or academies to exchange questions, propose answers, set standards, and share what they learnt – even setting up libraries and indexing services </li></ul><ul><li>These learned societies and professional associations are still with us: serving and helping society by posing questions, finding answers, and disseminating them </li></ul>
  3. 3. An age of community knowledge <ul><li>Today, we all of us have knowledge and expertise and information – answers as well as questions </li></ul><ul><li>Unlocking or mobilising ‘answers’ through the right questions is a growing challenge: Encouraging communication between people with questions and people with answers is perhaps more important than delivering answers and advice </li></ul><ul><li>Communities, networks, associations are (becoming) the critical ‘peer to peer’ learning and exchange systems – living question and answer systems - in which individuals converse, exchange views, pose questions, and share and validate each others answers </li></ul><ul><li>As well as providing Q&A ‘services’ we need to strengthen and build communities and networks where people can exchange their own Q&A </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vision <ul><li>the leading global community of practice for information specialists* in agriculture and related disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>* people and institutions who are professionally involved in creating, capturing, accessing, or disseminating information and knowledge concerning agriculture and rural development </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mission <ul><li>IAALD enables its members to create, capture, access and disseminate information to achieve a more productive and sustainable use of the world’s land, water, and renewable natural resources and contribute to improved livelihoods of rural communities </li></ul>
  6. 6. What we do <ul><li>IAALD connects agricultural information specialists worldwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>providing platforms and spaces for information dissemination, exchange, knowledge sharing, and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IAALD convenes agricultural information specialists worldwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organising meetings and catalyzing dialogue among all agricultural information stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What we do <ul><li>IAALD communicates and advocates the value of knowledge and information to its members and others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improving the status and practice of agricultural information management and dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IAALD collaborates with members and other partner organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitating educational and other opportunities across agricultural information communities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>… to be properly knowledgeable, the centres and the peripheries need to be in conversations with the other … </li></ul><ul><li>Wendell Berry </li></ul>Convening and connecting
  9. 9. How we operate <ul><li>Members (institutions, individuals, students) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Committee 2005-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>World Congresses </li></ul><ul><li>Chapters (china, central/east europe) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Sisters’ (jaald, usain, aibda, fita’s, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Listserver @ University Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog: </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Journal </li></ul>
  10. 10. Guiding principles <ul><li>Serve and engage members [private goods] </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to general agricultural information ‘public good’ </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage impact through partnerships and members </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on information exchange on and about information and communication management in agriculture </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some plans <ul><li>Africa Conference, May 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>World Congress in Japan, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>World Congress in France, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Regional meetings of ‘sisters’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AIBDA Mexico 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USAIN USA 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AFITA India 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IFLA Korea 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with ‘sisters’ and chapters? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China, Central/east Europe, Japan, Latin America, USA, ‘FITA’s’, Forestry, Fisheries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional development ? certification? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Getting involved? <ul><li>For members, by members </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering … </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting, promoting, marketing, … </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing activities, events, … </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing your news, your views, … </li></ul><ul><li>Writing, reviewing, editing - for the QB, the blog, … </li></ul><ul><li>discussing, sharing, connecting on the listserver … </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing answers; posing questions … </li></ul>
  13. 13. Join IAALD Today! <ul><li>the leading global community of practice for information specialists in agriculture and related disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Bring - and share - your ‘answers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch </li></ul>