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Presentation by Odile Bedu (Agropolis) at the World Conference on agricultural information and IT - Atsugi, August 2008

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  • 1. Sharing or scattering information : a challenge for scientific information at Agropolis International Odile BEDU* and Chantal SALSON** * Inra, Institut national de la recherche Agronomique, **Agropolis International Agriculture Food Environment Biodiversity 12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
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  • 3. Background
    • Agropolis in Montpellier, an old university town in the South of France
    • Early 1970s: the French Government decided to assemble most of its Mediterranean and tropical agricultural research and training institutions in Montpellier
    • 1986 : Founding of Agropolis association with the support of the Ministries of Research and Education, of Foreign Affairs, of Agriculture and Fisheries
    • A regional association whose members belong to national or international organisations
    12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
  • 4. Founding members: 21 French research and higher educational institutions
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    • 5 Universities: Montpellier (3), Nîmes and Perpignan
    • 7 Higher Schools: Montpellier SupAgro, CIHEAM/IAM.M, ENGREF, ESCAIA, ICRA, ISTOM, Sup de Co
    • 9 research centers: BRGM, CEA, Cemagref, Cirad, Cnrs, Ifremer, Inra, Inserm, IRD
    12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
  • 5. Linked to an international scientific community
    • Foreign laboratories : USDA (USA), CSIRO (Australia), EMBRAPA-LABEX (Brazil)
    • International training centres: CIHEAM-IAM.M, ICRA
    • Secretariats of International networks and fora
    • Relations with the CGIARs : Bioversity International as associate member, Venue of the AGM09
    12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
  • 6. The scientific community
    • Academic activities in the region related to Agriculture, Food, Environment and Biodiversity
    • 2300 researchers and lecturers
    • 7000 students and trainees (10% of the whole region)
    • 1 400 technicians and administrative staff
    • 2nd region in France for publications in Applied Biology and Ecology, after Paris
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  • 7. STI activities
    • STI Commission is opened to information specialists of Agropolis members’ organisations
    • 35 documentation centers or libraries Moreover:
    • Documentation centers can belong to several institutions (and the contrary, too)
    • Their STI policy decisions can be implemented at the national level
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  • 8. Organisation
    • 1 delegate by institution,
    • 3 to 4 meetings every year
    • 2 news groups, collaborative platforms
    • Several working groups on various topics
    • Since 2007, an Information specialist works for Agropolis International
    • The main purpose is to provide scientific community with a better access to information
    12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
  • 9. Main achievements 1- Single access to academic resources
    • Metasearch software (AskOnce programme, developed by Xerox Corporation , now Documentum ECI)
    • Search through 31 catalogs, giving access to 1,5 million of bibliographic references and location to 18 000 titles
    • URL: http://www. bomlr .info/home_eng.html
    • Access to full-text document is planned (as often as possible)
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  • 10. Main achievements 2- Users’ information literacy education
    • Public: students, Post-Doctoral students and researchers
    • Training classes are organised in one institution and every Agropolis members can attend them for free. Topics :
    • 1 - Information retrieval, management of bibliographic citations (freeware are encourage)
    • 2 - Publication strategy
    12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008
  • 11. On-going projects Favorable context for Agropolis International
    • Enhancing international visibility by facilitating a full-text access
    • Scientometric analysis
    • Sharing resources (not yet resolved)
    • Next IAALD World Congress in 2010
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  • 12. Conclusion
    • Success pulls its strength from a robust human network
    • Substantial user interest in this network
    • Skills of small working groups increase capacities for the whole STI commission
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  • 13. Thank you for your attention And see you in Montpellier… Agriculture Food Environment 12th IAALD World Congress, Tokyo, 24 to 27 August 2008