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Rural telecentres lack sustainability - need to address content, social appropriation and scaling up
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CTA's Koda Traoré introduces lessons from the TelecentresAfrica project of CTA. The unsustainability of rural telecentres emerges from the telecentres' lack of appropriate content, lack of diversified services, and insufficient social 'appropriation' of the telecentre services by the local communities. He also highlights the need for scaling up strategies and business models, moving beyond pilots and short-term donor funding. See also http://www.share4dev.info/telecentresInterview by Peter Ballantyne, June 2009
ILRI Infocentre delivers virtual services
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Grace Kamau of the ILRI Infocentre in Nairobi explains some of the changes in her role in recent years. She emphasizes the ‘one ILRI InfoCentre’ approach from two locations – in Nairobi and Addis Ababa as well as enhanced cooperation among CGIAR libraries across the world. She sees the main challenge of the future as being the demands on different CGIAR libraries to ‘operate as one.’ More on information management at ILRI. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Dan Cherubin on professional networking among agricultural libraries
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Dan Cherubin at Rabobank reflects on the value of professional networking with other agricultural information specialists. He also comments on some of the differences between the USAIN and SLA/FAN worlds. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
SARNISSA - Réseaux de Recherche en Aquaculture Durable en Afrique Sub-saharienne
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Olivier Mikolasek (CIRAD) introduces the experience of SARNISSA, the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa, explaining what the project is about and how it uses new social web tools to support its goals and objectives. See more at www.iaald.org
Using Twitter to share information
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FAO's Gauri Salokhe and Michael Riggs explain why they use Twitter as a community support mechanism, and to share 'quick bites'of information with fellow enthusiasts.
Extending access by extending incentives
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Thomaz Bartol from Slovenia suggests that information can be made more accessible if scientists would be encouraged to produce 'hands-on' products. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Organic Edunet: Opening access to organic agriculture and agroecology
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Montpellier, 26 April 2010. Nikos Palavitsinis (GRNET) explains the how Organis Edunet is trying to open access to multilingual, high quality content on organic agriculture and agroecology.See more at www.iaald.org
Le point sur le Congrès
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Montpellier, 28 April 2010. Christine Silvy (INRA) is the coordinator of the IAALD 2010 Congress. In this video, she gives an 'interim report' on the event as it enters its second day.See more at www.iaald.org
Maria Folch working on IAALD's new web site
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Maria Folch, GFAR
Only connect? Practical solutions from the Caribbean
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Telojo Onu (CAFAN) explores the issue e-agriculture and ICTs. In her perspective, it is important to clearly define what the “E” stands for. For her, “E” first of all stands for ‘enable’, and ICTs are just tools that help people deliver different types of processes. Further, she presents the experience of CAFAN in the Agritalk project, where the farmer association has partnered with phone operators and other service providers to come up with communication solutions that work for the users.

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