Phil Agri Net2008


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PhilAgriNet is a thriving network of agricultural libraries in the Philippines. Its objective is to share Philippine agricultural research results to the world.

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Phil Agri Net2008

  1. 1. PhilAgriNet : Linking Philippine Agricultural Knowledge with Scientists Worldwide PhilAgriNet 2008 By Mila M. Ramos February 20, 2008
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Factors contributing to the creation of PhilAgriNet </li></ul><ul><li>PhilAgriNet : a description </li></ul><ul><li>Current Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Hurdles </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  3. 3. Agriculture and Research in the Philippines <ul><li>Agriculture = 19.9% of the country’s GDP </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth of agricultural research literature </li></ul><ul><li>Philippine Agricultural Bibliography ceased in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>FAO’s AGRIS can cover but a portion of the country’s literature output </li></ul><ul><li>Research materials need to be documented and brought to the awareness of scientists </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  4. 4. Catalysts for the Creation of PhilAgriNet <ul><li>Proliferation of the literature of agricultural research and the need for current awareness </li></ul><ul><li>ICT advances and increased library capacity for knowledge dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Digital divide among Philippine libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Changing user needs </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  5. 5. More Catalysts <ul><li>Need to Strengthen the FAO-AGRIS database and the introduction of the WebAGRIS software </li></ul><ul><li>FAO-supported capacity building workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Eroding library resources </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  6. 6. PhilAgriNet: What it is <ul><li>PhilAgriNet stands for Philippine Agricultural Libraries and Information Services Network </li></ul><ul><li>Created in 2003 through an MOU signed by 13 major agricultural institutions in the Philippines </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  7. 7. Member Institutions <ul><li>Bureau of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture (DA-BAR) </li></ul><ul><li>Benguet State University </li></ul><ul><li>Cavite State University </li></ul><ul><li>Central Luzon State University </li></ul><ul><li>Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University </li></ul><ul><li>International Rice Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Isabela State University </li></ul><ul><li>Leyte State University </li></ul><ul><li>PCARRD </li></ul><ul><li>Philippine Rice Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Silliman University </li></ul><ul><li>University of the Philippines at Los Baños </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Librarians Association of the Philippines (ALAP) </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  8. 8. Mission of PhilAgriNet <ul><li>“To provide in an equitable, cooperative, cost-effective manner, </li></ul><ul><li>enhanced access to printed and electronic agricultural knowledge sources generated by public and private institutions engaged in agricultural research in the Philippines.” </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  9. 9. Ongoing Activities <ul><li>Creation and maintenance of its web site at </li></ul><ul><li>Development of the PhilAgriNet database </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building for members </li></ul><ul><li>Membership campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in AGRIS </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Fund Raising </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  10. 10. PhilAgriNet 2005
  11. 11. The PhilAgriNet Database <ul><li>Currently housed temporarily at IRRI (slowly growing) </li></ul><ul><li>Will eventually be hosted by the DA-BAR, the lead agency </li></ul><ul><li>To be made accessible through PhilAgriNet’s web site at http:// </li></ul><ul><li>To be developed through the collaborative efforts of member institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Will provide current awareness plus improved dissemination of Philippine agricultural literature </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  12. 12. Key Issues to be Addressed <ul><li>Create value for PhilAgriNet to gain management support </li></ul><ul><li>Establish identity amidst several information networks in the country </li></ul><ul><li>State of local ICT infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>ICT skills of members </li></ul><ul><li>Role of libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Financial constraints </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  13. 13. Sustainability will depend on: <ul><li>Strong commitment of members </li></ul><ul><li>Active leadership of DA-BAR </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing support from FAO and other lead agencies like IRRI and the UPLB </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained capacity building through ALAP </li></ul><ul><li>Management support in each member institution </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008
  14. 14. Big Challenge <ul><li>How to sustain PhilAgriNet </li></ul><ul><li>and make it at par with other strong networks in the country </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2008 PhilAgriNet links with the world
  15. 15. <ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul>PhilAgriNet 2005