Avoiding 'information overload'
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CTA. 1996. Avoiding 'information overload'. Spore 66. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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bibliographical journal Agriculture and environment for developing regions For a sample copy of the journal or a month's free trial of the TROPAG & RURAL CD-ROM, contact: Sarah Cummings Promotion & Marketing Manager Information, Library & Do
Experts and researchers in the broad subject area of tropical agriculture are faced with a bewildering choice of information sources. On the one hand there are huge information services with their abstracts counted in millions and, on the other hand, there are the tens of thousands of journals, books, reports, conference proceedings and theses. No single researcher can scan all these information sources to find key material in his or her discipline. A new bibliographical journal Agriculture and environment for developing regions was first published in January 1996. It aims to counteract this 'information overload' by selecting annually some 6,000 key articles and monographs from the contents of more than 4,000 journals and thousands more books, conference reports and theses. These 6,000 documents are then abstracted by subject specialists for inclusion in the journal. The journal covers the whole spectrum of agriculture and the environment in tropical and subtropical regions: literature from other regions of the world is only included when it is of direct relevance to the tropics. Disciplines covered include agronomy, animal husbandry, environmental sciences, forestry, land management, plant breeding and production economics. The 6,000 abstracts published in each annual volume of the journal are also placed on the TROPAG & RURAL bibliographic database, which is available on CD-ROM and on-line. The TROPAG & RURAL CD-ROM, published by SilverPlatter, contains some 116,000 abstracts from the international literature on tropical agriculture and rural development from 1975 onwards. The journal and bibliographic database are produced on a non-profit basis by several member institutes of the European Consortium for Agricultural Research in the Tropics (ECART). ECART members comprise ATSAF and GTZ of Germany, CIRAD of France, llCT of Portugal, KIT of the Netherlands and NRI from the UK. An annual subscription to the monthly journal is US$ 310.00 inclusive of postage and packing. A subscription to the CD-ROM costs US$ 825.00 including software and twice-yearly updates. For a sample copy of the journal or a month's free trial of the TROPAG & RURAL CD-ROM, contact: Sarah Cummings Promotion & Marketing Manager Information, Library & Documentation KIT Mauritskade 63 1092 AD Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS