IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: New tools and Repositories


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Reports to the closing session on 'New tools' and 'Repositories' at the 2010 IAALD World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: New tools and Repositories

  1. 1. SESSION: New Tools <ul><li>Three presentations illustrating the experimentation with the harnessing and practical applications of ‘new’ tools (technological and contextual) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking around RSS feeds technology; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiments with interactive WebTV and archiving of programmes; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of GIS technology into other information systems </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Lessons learnt (i) <ul><li>In order to tap the potential of new information management tools, the network of information managers, have to be organised and have a method/protocol for the use of the tool. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case an agreed vocabulary of ‘Tags’ to label News and Events, which enables automatic filtering, repackaging and distribution of such information into geographical and thematic/commodity news feeds. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lessons learnt (ii) <ul><li>The French farming community is about 90% broadband connected: a good environment to study the application and impact of high-bandwidth-enabled information management tools. Interactive TV, via the web, is feasible in the French context. </li></ul><ul><li>The viewers can influence the flow and format of live programmes. However, there is also great interest in and use of the archived video collections by the community. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lessons learnt (iii) <ul><li>PROGIS, a GIS-based system has evolved since 1979 to be integrated into information systems on logistics, farming practices including precision farming systems and financial management systems. </li></ul><ul><li>The process of integration involves developing a common vision (2 years) for the related systems, followed by an implementation phase (5-10 years) before getting to full integration. Experience has now been built and can be shared. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lessons learnt (iv) <ul><li>Such ‘New’ Tools or ‘New applications’ of tools will continuously appear, so we may have to develop a ‘pathway’ to address the process of evaluating and harnessing the technology (by IAALD and CIARD members). </li></ul><ul><li>While these tools may not be applicable to individual farmers in the developing world, they could be used by ‘farmer groups’ and ‘communities’, provided that linkage exists with the grassroots level. </li></ul><ul><li>While current connectivity (and availability of electricity) is often mentioned as the bottleneck, we should already plan the way we will use these ‘new’ tools as connectivity infrastructure is improved. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Session: Repositories <ul><li>3 presenters with 20/25 attendants </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More semantics are needed in document repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Semantics provides higher visibility and enhancement of access to the content archived in our repositories. Bibliographical records without semantics become isolated items in the Semantic Web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Repositories should be enriched by the use of semantics tools like AgroTagger (for the automatic indexing of documents using controlled vocabularies - Agrovoc). They should be tested and shared </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filling our repositories with digital content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To get content is still one of the biggest issues faced by information management specialists. More open access mandates at institutional, national level are required. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits of Open Source Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Although there was a general agreement of the open source software benefits, pros and cons must be evaluated accurately before choosing an OS software. Free does not necessarily mean cheap. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The value of digital content stored in the cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud services can be a solution for institutions that can not handle the costs of the server maintenance. </li></ul></ul></ul>