WAICENT: The umbrella for FAO's information dissemination
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CTA. 1998. WAICENT: The umbrella for FAO's information dissemination. Spore 78. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48265
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore78.pdf
WAICENT Contact: Francisco Pérez-Trejo Manager Library & Documentation Systems Division GII Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, Italy Fax: + 390 6514 6172 Email:Stephen.Katz@fao.org Website: www.fao.org/waicent/waicente.htm
Through its central homepage, FAO now organises and disseminates its 40 independent databases on agriculture, fisheries and forestry on internet. This virtual information point is called WAICENT (the World Agriculture Information Centre). The website is basically built around three major components. FAOINFO is the gateway to multimedia information such as FAO's photo and video archive, and a microfiche-based archive of a large agricultural library and bibliographic databases. The second, FAOSTAT contains data on demography, agriculture, fisheries and forestry for 210 countries and territories. The third component, FAOSIS, covers highly specialised information systems. It includes the global information and early warning system, which provides up-to-date reports on global crop production, markets and regional and country-by-country situation reports. Another element in FAOSIS is the Emergency Prevention System, which provides data for transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases. The site is viewable in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. As part of FAO's efforts to expand access to WAICENT in areas where the Internet is not yet available, a portable set of CD-ROMs has been developed. Contact: Francisco Pérez-Trejo Manager Library & Documentation Systems Division GII Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, Italy Fax: + 390 6514 6172 Email:Stephen.Katz@fao.org Website: www.fao.org/waicent/waicente.htm http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore78/