Introducing IAALD

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Introducing IAALD

  1. 1. Introducing IAALD Global network of agriculture information professionals WITFOR August 2007 Peter Ballantyne
  2. 2. Starting points <ul><li>Agriculture and rural development at the ‘heart’ of development </li></ul><ul><li>Information and knowledge ‘power’ ARD </li></ul><ul><li>Important to build and connect the agricultural ‘power grid’; document and catalyze learning and knowledge sharing, mobilize expertise on agricultural information management </li></ul>
  3. 3. IAALD vision <ul><li>global community of practice for information specialists* in agriculture and related disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>* people and institutions who are professionally involved in creating, capturing, accessing, or disseminating information and knowledge concerning agriculture and rural development </li></ul>
  4. 4. What IAALD does <ul><li>connecting agricultural information specialists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>platforms and spaces for information dissemination, exchange, knowledge sharing, and learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>convening agricultural information specialists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>meetings and dialogue among all agricultural information stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>communicating and advocating the value of knowledge and information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improving the status and practice of agricultural information management and dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>collaborating with members and partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitating educational and other opportunities across agricultural information communities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How IAALD operates <ul><li>Members (institutions, individuals, students) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Committee 2005-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>World Congresses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USA 2005; Japan 2008; France 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chapters (china, europe, africa) </li></ul><ul><li>Initiatives, events with partners </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Sisters’ (jaald, usain, aibda, fita’s, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Low-cost, participatory Web 2.0 approach </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.iaald.org </li></ul><ul><li>Listserver @ University Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog: http://iaald.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  6. 7. Topics and trends <ul><li>From extension into online e-advisory and Q&A services </li></ul><ul><li>Getting ICTs into rural communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>phones, exchanges, community telecentres, radio etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indigenous and traditional knowledge, farmer-to-farmer </li></ul><ul><li>E-agriculture, e-collaboration and networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>enhancing agriculture and rural development through improved information exchange, communication and learning processes </li></ul></ul>
  7. 13. Topics and trends 2 <ul><li>From ‘research’ into ‘innovation systems’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovations emerge from interaction among different stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and KM into research, e-science, and development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>virtual libraries, repositories, portals, COPs, search and share tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open access, open knowledge, open science, public goods </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0, science, 2.0, agriculture 2.0 ? </li></ul>
  8. 17. Recent IAALD blog postings <ul><li>Open Access and the progress of science </li></ul><ul><li>ICTs benefit fishing communities </li></ul><ul><li>Digital publishing for small organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Market information systems and agricultural commodity exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative rural information practices in Asia and Pacific </li></ul><ul><li>IFAD strategy for knowledge management </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Information Management Standards Website </li></ul><ul><li>FAO and GTZ workshop on KM and communication for rural development </li></ul><ul><li>Using the Internet to grow better crops in Sri Lanka </li></ul>
  9. 18. Global reach
  10. 19. <ul><li>… to be properly knowledgeable, the centres and the peripheries need to be in conversations with the other … </li></ul><ul><li>Wendell Berry </li></ul><ul><li>IAALD 2005 world congress </li></ul>Convening and connecting
  11. 20. <ul><li>You can join IAALD at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.iaald.org </li></ul>

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