Evaluation Forum recommends continuation of CTA's SDI service
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CTA. 1995. Evaluation Forum recommends continuation of CTA's SDI service. Spore 57. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In 1988, CTA launched its Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) project, a literature service for senior ACP research scientists to allow them to keep abreast of the latest scientific and technical information relevant to their field of...
In 1988, CTA launched its Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) project, a literature service for senior ACP research scientists to allow them to keep abreast of the latest scientific and technical information relevant to their field of research. The purpose of this service is to make international literature more widely available and to help the scientists to integrate into the world-wide agricultural research community. According to the evaluation carried out during 1994 by a team of consultants from the six ACP regions, access to scientific and technical information continues to be a major handicap to agricultural research in the ACP countries. Scientific journals have become too expensive for most national research institutions and even in countries which are able to subscribe to these journals, access is usually limited to scientists located close to the main library. The objectives of the Forum organized in Mauritius from 5 - 9 December, 1994 by CTA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food and Agricultural Research Council, were to review the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation and to make proposals for strategic actions for the development of the CTA SDI service. The meeting was attended by 18 policy makers, research and information managers from ACP countries, and by 15 representatives of regional and international organizations. It was recommended that the SDI service should be continued and extended to meet the needs of research programmes or teams, the beneficiaries being identified in collaboration with research managers at the national level. The meeting noted that although SDI may appear an expensive service, the benefits by far exceed the cost, if the service is properly targeted and utilized. Finally, it was recommended that CTA should develop a strategy plan for SDI that includes gradual decentralization of services to the regions.