IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: Integrated information systems


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Report to the closing session on 'Integrated information systems' at the 2010 IAALD World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: Integrated information systems

  1. 1. Theme 4 Integrated information systems Report IAALD 13 th Congress Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010
  2. 2. Theme 4 - Integrated information systems Slide for plenary – 2 points <ul><li>Different implementations of “integration” - integrating content from different sources, - integrating tools and applications, - integrating different types of information, - integrating institutional processes, - merging vs. ownership (IPR issues, security…). Common objective : re-purposing contents for specific audiences and needs  value addition </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability - investment (human and financial); - updating / maintenance; - estimating the costs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Theme 4 : 10 points Integrated information systems <ul><li>Meaning of “integrated system” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems that integrate information of different types and / or from diverse sources . Integrated: that fits into a whole, that fits with the rest  Different types of “integrated systems” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a) Systems that collect through data entry and then integrate and interlink information of different kinds ; b) systems that harvest or query different sources; c) systems that have merged different databases; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a) Institutional / intra-organizational systems; b) inter-organizational / network systems. Different types have different requirements and present different issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The value of being an “integrated system” What all the integrated systems presented have in common is that they add value to information and allow to re-package and re-purpose it according to the needs of their audience </li></ul>
  4. 4. Theme 4 : 10 points Integrated information systems <ul><li>Common issue: sustainability - Financial sustainability - Content update - Difficulty of measuring the cost of integration </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of classifications In order to integrate and present the collected information in a coherent and targeted manner, all systems presented use classifications of different kinds. Very important: geo indexing </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of protocols and standards to export/import, harvest, query </li></ul><ul><li>Common issue: validation of the information </li></ul>
  5. 5. Theme 4 : 10 points Integrated information systems <ul><li>The importance of the purpose Purpose as the main criterion for rationale and assessment. To support decision making; early-warning; monitoring; surveillance. </li></ul><ul><li>Common issue: identification and integration of sources The importance of knowing which sources are available, where, and how they can be integrated (sources are difficult to find and “disconnected”) </li></ul><ul><li>Common issue: acknowledgment of sources, IPR </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of networks Whether partners directly input information or make it available for harvesting, all integrated systems presented are based on networks of cooperating partners </li></ul>
  6. 6. Summary of presented systems <ul><li>Crop Genebank Knowledge Base of CGIAR : Geert Claessens, Bioversity </li></ul><ul><li>CERISA, VeliSA of INRA : Marie-Colette Faure, INRA </li></ul><ul><li>SIDALC of IICA : Federico Sancho, IICA </li></ul><ul><li>SIIS of CIFOR : Sufiet Erlita, CGIAR </li></ul><ul><li>USDA/CABI global database on invasive species : Elizabeth Dodsworth, CABI </li></ul><ul><li>Vigicultures Mehdi Sine </li></ul><ul><li>Linnaeus Link Project Gina Douglas, Linnean Society of London </li></ul><ul><li>EMPRES of FAO/CIRAD : Jean-Michel Vassal, CIRAD </li></ul><ul><li>CIARD RING ; Valeria Pesce, GFAR </li></ul><ul><li>Global Plant Health Centre of CABI : Philip Abrahams, CABI </li></ul><ul><li>LIMS of SADC : Pascal Bonnet (SADC) </li></ul>