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Global Forest Decimal Classification Revitalization A report from IUFRO unit 6.03.03 to IUFRO 2005 Brisbane Jarmo Saarikko...
Presentation outline <ul><li>Link to IUFRO statutes </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Group revitalization </li>...
IUFRO statutes <ul><li>ARTICLE II. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote research cooperation: </li></ul><ul><li>“ by working towar...
History –  the first 50 years <ul><li>1903 Plans to create a universal decimal classification for forestry </li></ul><ul><...
History –  the next 50 years <ul><li>1979 Continuing usefulness affirmed </li></ul><ul><li>1981 IUFRO Project Group founde...
Tools available in 2002 <ul><li>“ GFDC is a tool for organising and retrieving electronic and paper forest and forestry-re...
ODC Features <ul><li>Custom designed by forest researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchical subject divisions </li></ul><ul>...
Example of hierarchy <ul><li>81 Wood and bark: structure and properties </li></ul><ul><li>810 General information on woods...
Linking tradition and technology <ul><li>Steering group formed </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and values </li></ul><ul><li>Us...
Immediate tasks 2002 - <ul><li>Conduct world-wide survey of classification use (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Implement database...
Survey of classification use 2003: Major findings <ul><li>One third of respondents using ODC/FDC </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwi...
Set up database 2004- <ul><li>database consulting </li></ul><ul><li>web hosting from </li></ul><ul><li>Andornot Consulting...
GFDC Database status <ul><li>3262 entries in English and German </li></ul><ul><li>146 changes or additions added via web <...
Revived partnership with UDC Consortium <ul><li>Met with Editor in Chief and Chairman of the UDC consortium (UDCC) (2003 &...
Gathering suggestions <ul><li>Using IUFRO News and emails to stakeholders we invited suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>146 sug...
The way ahead <ul><li>coordinators 2006-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Editing process </li></ul><ul><li>Call for more suggestions...
Thanks to... <ul><li>Steering Group :  Roger Mills, Gillian Petrokofsky, Renate Prueller, Daryoush Voshmgir </li></ul><ul>...
Call to IUFRO Divisions <ul><li>The unit calls on IUFRO divisions to provide comments on changes when called upon by GFDC ...
Discussion <ul><li>Are we on the right track? </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions from the floor? </li></ul><ul><li>Any feedback...
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A report from IUFRO unit 6.03.03 to IUFRO 2005 Brisbane
Authors: Jarmo Saarikko, Helsinki, Finland and Barbara Holder, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Date: 9-Aug-2005
Event: IUFRO World Congress 2005, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. 1. Global Forest Decimal Classification Revitalization A report from IUFRO unit 6.03.03 to IUFRO 2005 Brisbane Jarmo Saarikko & Barbara Holder
    2. 2. Presentation outline <ul><li>Link to IUFRO statutes </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Group revitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Survey and results </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up the GFDC database </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison with Universal Decimal Classification </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps, thanks!! and discussion </li></ul>
    3. 3. IUFRO statutes <ul><li>ARTICLE II. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote research cooperation: </li></ul><ul><li>“ by working towards uniformity of nomenclature and standardization in matters such as information storage and retrieval” </li></ul>
    4. 4. History – the first 50 years <ul><li>1903 Plans to create a universal decimal classification for forestry </li></ul><ul><li>1933 IUFRO congress adopts “Flury” system </li></ul><ul><li>1953 IUFRO congress adopts Oxford Decimal Classification IUFRO congress </li></ul><ul><li>1954 Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux publishes ODC. </li></ul>
    5. 5. History – the next 50 years <ul><li>1979 Continuing usefulness affirmed </li></ul><ul><li>1981 IUFRO Project Group founded </li></ul><ul><li>1990 IUFRO published Trilingual Short Version </li></ul><ul><li>1992 IUFRO published revised German version. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Tools available in 2002 <ul><li>“ GFDC is a tool for organising and retrieving electronic and paper forest and forestry-related information resources”. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forstliche Dezimal Klassifkation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Oxford system of Decimal Classification for Forestry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A trilingual short version </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. ODC Features <ul><li>Custom designed by forest researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchical subject divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Standard </li></ul><ul><li>International (12 languages) </li></ul><ul><li>Extensible </li></ul><ul><li>Faceted </li></ul>
    8. 8. Example of hierarchy <ul><li>81 Wood and bark: structure and properties </li></ul><ul><li>810 General information on woods </li></ul><ul><li>811 Structure and identification </li></ul><ul><li>811.1 Anatomical elements and tissues </li></ul><ul><li>811.11 The cell </li></ul><ul><li>811.112 Shape, dimensions etc. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Linking tradition and technology <ul><li>Steering group formed </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and values </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology to overcome distance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual web conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database for updates via the web </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-establish contact with UDC </li></ul>
    10. 10. Immediate tasks 2002 - <ul><li>Conduct world-wide survey of classification use (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Implement database (2004) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter English and German ODC/FDC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verify entries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Revive partnership with UDC Consortium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive free associate membership UDCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase access to UDC Master Reference File for one year </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Survey of classification use 2003: Major findings <ul><li>One third of respondents using ODC/FDC </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide interest </li></ul><ul><li>18 % of respondents showed interest in joining editorial committee. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Set up database 2004- <ul><li>database consulting </li></ul><ul><li>web hosting from </li></ul><ul><li>Andornot Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>see conference poster </li></ul>
    13. 13. GFDC Database status <ul><li>3262 entries in English and German </li></ul><ul><li>146 changes or additions added via web </li></ul><ul><li>suggestions in English with about half submitted in German also </li></ul><ul><li>includes for each class number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>descriptions from the schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>index entries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use notes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>available world-wide via web </li></ul>
    14. 14. Revived partnership with UDC Consortium <ul><li>Met with Editor in Chief and Chairman of the UDC consortium (UDCC) (2003 & 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>UDCC generously gave us Associate Membership for one year </li></ul><ul><li>Set up copy of the UDC Master Reference File for GFDC editorial work </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed and updated procedures for amendments to the classification </li></ul>
    15. 15. Gathering suggestions <ul><li>Using IUFRO News and emails to stakeholders we invited suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>146 suggestions received (with major contributions from BFW and FAO) </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions added to the database </li></ul><ul><li>A paper copy of the classification printed for review and available on the web </li></ul><ul><li>All the pieces are in place to review suggestions in fall of 2005 </li></ul>
    16. 16. The way ahead <ul><li>coordinators 2006-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Editing process </li></ul><ul><li>Call for more suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Review of suggestions ODC/FDC/UDC </li></ul><ul><li>Current database </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing the schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Steering group </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thanks to... <ul><li>Steering Group : Roger Mills, Gillian Petrokofsky, Renate Prueller, Daryoush Voshmgir </li></ul><ul><li>IUFRO 6.03.00 leaders: Carol Green, Alois Kempf </li></ul><ul><li>IUFRO staff: Heinz Schmutzenhofer; Gerda Wolfrum </li></ul><ul><li>CABI: Bridget Biggs </li></ul><ul><li>Andornot Consulting: Kathy Bryce </li></ul><ul><li>UDCC: Ia McIlwaine, Alan Stevens </li></ul><ul><li>FAO and BFW: for scholarly suggestions </li></ul>
    18. 18. Call to IUFRO Divisions <ul><li>The unit calls on IUFRO divisions to provide comments on changes when called upon by GFDC editorial board </li></ul>
    19. 19. Discussion <ul><li>Are we on the right track? </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions from the floor? </li></ul><ul><li>Any feedback for the Steering Group? </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone who wants to get involved? </li></ul>

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