Crop Genebank Knowledge Base Amman Jan2010 Thormann

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  • One of the main challenges facing genebank curators is in finding information on genebank management in terms of protocols, manual, standards. Often such information are scattered and not readily accessible, especially unpublished ones. Most of past publications have been generic one e.g and often difficult to apply on specific crops. The aim of the KB is harmonize practices among genebank so that genebank materials are effectively and efficient conserved and made available to users and contribute to a global conservation system.
  • The choice of the crops was decided on crops which are held in common in CG genebank”; however the system is designed so that to allow addition of other crops in eth future The process of gathering best practices was led by CGIAR centers curators for their specific crops; We also compiled all existing publications relating to genebanks We also prepared a crop specific regeneration guidelines supported by the Trust.
  • We are transforming information into knowledge , enhancing the value of scattered diverse information as well as unique information and putting it together in an useful , l ogical , attractive , and dynamic format ( the knowledge base!).
  • Here I would like to emphasize that the objective of the portal is to strengthen capacity to manage genebanks. Therefore it has been designed to facilitate self-learning and to also support formal learning and training by providing learning materials, references, full text of resource materials, audiovisual material that can be re-used for workshops, courses or seminars.
  • Crop Genebank Knowledge Base Amman Jan2010 Thormann

    1. 1. Crop Genebank Knowledge Base Design team E. Dulloo, A. Jorge, G. Claessens, E. Goldberg, I. Thormann, S. Alemayehu and J. Hanson. An initiative of the CGIAR System-wide Genetic Resources Programme, financed by the World Bank and coordinated by Bioversity International Regional workshop on genebank management and documentation in the Near East and North Africa, 30-31 January 2010, Amman, Jordan.
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Why was the CGKB developed? </li></ul><ul><li>Compilation of content </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of the website </li></ul><ul><li>Training and self learning tool </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of website </li></ul><ul><li>How you can participate </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why was the CGKB developed? <ul><li>Scattered protocols, manuals, guidelines, publications, etc.; </li></ul><ul><li>Not readily accessible (unpublished manuals) </li></ul><ul><li>Past publications: generic documents and not crop specific; e.g. FAO/IPGRI Genebank standard, Bioversity Handbooks for genebank </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonization of practices among genebanks </li></ul>
    4. 4. Goal of CGKB <ul><li>To facilitate easy access to the knowledge and best practices for genebank management of selected crops for more efficient and effective conservation. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Objectives <ul><li>Provide a user-friendly online access to procedures, standards and practices for managing clonally propagated and seed crops held in genebanks. </li></ul><ul><li>Compile and adapt best practices in a learning platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to other related information and training resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a mechanism to update and develop new best practices for the management of new crops in genebanks. </li></ul><ul><li>Build capacity of genebank curators and technicians. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Compilation of the content <ul><li>Choice of nine species - held “in common” </li></ul><ul><li>Common template for compiling and preparing for best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Compilation of best practices - led by CGIAR curators; gathered and consulted with crop experts to prepare best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Compiled all existing materials, guidelines, publications, training tools etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Crop specific regeneration guidelines -supported by The Global Crop Diversity Trust </li></ul>
    7. 7. Creation of the website <ul><li>Design of the website production of a banner; following SGRP style </li></ul><ul><li>Design team: expertise on IT, genebank management, training and capacity building, working across 3 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Free Joomla Content management system </li></ul><ul><li>Work in progress! </li></ul>http://cropgenebank.sgrp.cgiar.org/
    8. 8. Training tool <ul><li>Use as training tool </li></ul><ul><li>CGKB is designed to be a self learning tool on genebank management </li></ul><ul><li>Training materials and aids </li></ul>Website was tested and used at the International Course on genebank management organized by Rural Development Administration, Korea and Bioversity International
    9. 9. How you can participate <ul><li>Feedback mechanism through wiki and fora </li></ul><ul><li>Expand to other crops – Template is available for submitting practices </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of your materials with others through the CGKB </li></ul><ul><li>Translation to other languages – looking for sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Providing comments NOW </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>http://cropgenebank.sgrp.cgiar.org/ </li></ul>Thank you An initiative of the CGIAR System-wide Genetic Resources Programme, financed by the World Bank and coordinated by Bioversity International and involving a team of crop genetic resources specialists. Contact for further information : Imke Thormann [email_address]

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