Waving the CTA Web flag
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CTA. 2000. Waving the CTA Web flag. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The CTA site on the World Wide Web (see Spore 76) is starting to reap the benefits of a re-modelling exercise held in late 1999. By the end of February 2000, almost 20,000 pages of information were being consulted each month a volume of visits...
The CTA site on the World Wide Web (see Spore 76) is starting to reap the benefits of a re-modelling exercise held in late 1999. By the end of February 2000, almost 20,000 pages of information were being consulted each month a volume of visits typical of international agricultural information agencies. The most visited area of the website is the Spore section, which contains full versions of Spore from issue 72 onwards. Other often visited sections include CTA publications, which can be copied (downloaded) free of charge to the user s computer, and information from ACP partners, whose presence on the Web is managed by CTA. Among the ACP visitors to the site are readers in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Fiji, Mali, Mauritius and South Africa. However, not everything on the Web is an immediate runaway success. The CTA electronic forum Afagrict-l, launched on the Internet in March 1999 (see Spore 83) to encourage exchanges between practitioners in information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African agriculture, has been reviewing its first year of activity. More than 150 people, mainly from Africa and the postgraduate diaspora, including several Spore writers, have signed up to receive messages and (this is the idea) to send information, raise questions and discuss issues. But so far only about one hundred messages have been sent (two a week) and next to no discussion has been generated. The organisers sigh that the volume of traffic has probably been less than expected. Maybe, but they should be patient before despairing. The first man in the world to have a telephone probably felt lonelier. Website: http://www.cta.nl/
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