Put research on its way
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CTA. 2002. Put research on its way. Spore 99. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47574
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Knowing where you re going. Information systems for agricultural research management By R Vernon, ISNAR-CTA co-publication, 2001. 376 pp. ISBN 92 9118 054 8 CTA number 1075, 40 credit points.
One of the most senseless things to do is re-inventing the wheel. Still, how do you know, what is going on in the field of agricultural research in the world around you, your region, your country or even abroad? Secondly, doing research, requires access to reliable information, either from previous or new research. Information management, including libraries, research journals and databases, are essential for research organisations but also for politicians and planners, who need to know what research to support, expand, copy or abolish. Nonetheless, in recent years the research budgets especially in the developing countries have been declining and libraries and other information processing activities faced paradoxically the first and heaviest budget cuts. An extra reason and challenge to organise information storage, distribution and overall management as efficient as possible. Knowing where you are going accommodates a rich variety in concepts, examples and methodologies to achieve this. Small wonder that technologies, such as geographical information systems and new information and communication technologies, receive ample attention. The first part is specifically written for the research manager and explains how to establish a Management Information System, which is practically illustrated with cases in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Latin American countries. The second part is for the information manager and is more technical of nature and deals with information and computer science, and new technologies. Knowing where you re going. Information systems for agricultural research management By R Vernon, ISNAR-CTA co-publication, 2001. 376 pp. ISBN 92 9118 054 8 CTA number 1075, 40 credit points.