International meeting of professionals in the field of agricultural, environmental and forestry information


Week SIDALC 10 
Turrialba, Costa Rica, September, 21th to 25th, 2009


SIDALC 10: The role of agricultural information professionals and services

The third SIDALC strategic workshop, organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), through the Orton Commemorative Library, technical coordinator of the Agricultural Information and Documentation Service of the Americas (SIDALC), brings together information specialists from the agriculture and environment sector to analyze the current state of the service, share experiences and learn of new trends in the management of information worldwide.

The main objective of the workshop is to propose actions that will guarantee the strengthening of the information systems and networks in the countries, the development of an innovative vision of SIDALC and the restructuring of same to ensure an efficient exchange of information among its members and that the needs of users are met. The workshop will be held in Turrialba, Costa Rica, on September 24th-25th, 2009.


Objective of the Meeting:

To help position SIDALC, in the medium term, as the principal point of access to information on agriculture and the environment, focusing on the effective sharing of data, modernization of services and creation of innovative products that will contribute to the development of its members and to its sustainability.

Specific objectives:

  • To promote among the information specialists the development and use of digital libraries and the creation of institutional repositories

  • To encourage the development of policies, networks and national agricultural catalogues that will be beneficial for production sectors

  • To encourage and validate standardization in the exchange of agricultural information as an effective means of strengthening systems

  • To position SIDALC as a participatory virtual community of specialists and users in the agriculture and environment sector

  • To analyze strategies for improving access to and the use and promotion of SIDALC in the next 10 years.

  • To propose mechanisms for measuring impact which will make it possible to identify needs, generate new services and products and determine the level of satisfaction of users of the service

Expected outputs:

Formulation of national and regional strategies for developing a new model for SIDALC, aimed at the establishment of a community of specialists that share data, experiences, services and products efficiently.

Lines of action that will lead to the development of a plan for expanding SIDALC in the member countries, and for its appropriation.


Program for the meeting
Thursday, September 24, Orton Memorial Library, CATIE, Turrialba




I – Inauguration

8.30 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.

Christopher Hansen, IICA Deputy Director

Jose Joaquín Campos, CATIE Director General

II – Global and Regional Vision toward new solutions for agriculture in the 21st Century

9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

1.      Discovery in the Digital Age: Google and the information professional, Mark Nelson, Google

2.      The Library as 21st Century Research and Learning Center, Mary Ochs, Albert Mann Library, Cornell University

3.      Eduardo Mogrovejo, Elsevier

4.      Collaborations of scientists & librarians: harvesting the digital landscape to support agriculture research. Martin Kesselman, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey


III –  Experiences of the countries and current state of the service


11.30 a.m. - 13.00 p.m.


14.00 p.m. - 18.00 p.m.

1.       Estado actual del SIDALC, Marta Abarca, Orton Memorial Library

2.       RENIAB, Andrea Mamani, Bolivia, vía videoconferencia

3.       BAN, Anita Alvariño, Perú, vía videoconferencia

4.       AGRORED, FIA, Francine Brossard, Chile, vía videoconferencia

5.       Paraguay, situación y nuevas visiones como consecuencia de su ingreso al SIDALC. Fabrizzio Zuchinni, IICA Paraguay

6.       SIDALC: 10 años. La experiencia  de Argentina, Sonia Novello, IICA Argentina

7.       Servicios de información agrícola en Brasil. Claudio Lima, IICA Brazil

8.       Sistemas de información para el agro: Experiencia de El Salvador-Caso SIDALC, Cindy Hernández, IICA El Salvador

9.       Honduras, through videoconference

10.   La experiencia de REDNIA: Costa Rica. Azalea Ramirez, Ministry of Agriculture from Costa Rica

11.   An overview of agricultural information services in the Caribbean, Kathryn Duncan, IICA office in Trinidad and Tobago

12.   Suriname experience. Mavis Sabajo, IICA office in Suriname

13.   La gestión del conocimiento agrícola en México, su experiencia, Iliana Hernandez, Universidad Antonio Narro y Adacelia López, Colegio de la Frontera Sur. REMBA, México

14.   Making the Most of What We do Best – Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC). Melanie Gardner, NAL-USDA


Speakers must submit the presentations for consideration by the SIDALC Coordinating Group, via the event’s Web Site. Lectures can be considered as well as poster presentations.


Friday, September 25, 2009
Orton Memorial Library, and Hacienda Tayutic


Special Session: Breakfast with Google

Archive scanning

7.00 a.m-7.45 a.m

-          Conversation with Google on Archive Scanning for Agriculture

IV – Trends for the development of new models for the management of information

8.0    .m. - 10 a.m.

1.      CIARD, Stephen Rudgard, FAO

2.      IMARK & E – Learning: Cambio en  el Paradigma de Educación para la Gestión de Información, Katty Lines, IICA

3.      “I say ‘avocado’, you say ‘aguacate’…or do you say ‘palta’?”  The urgent need and opportunity for LAC countries to expand a vocabulary of agricultural terminology for the Americas, Lori Finch, NAL- USDA

4.      Catálogos y Bibliotecas Digitales Nacionales: Subproducto SIDALC, Manuel Hidalgo, IICA

5.      ABC- Integrated Library System, Guilda Ascencio, Consultant BIREME, Brasil

6.      Laura Ramirez, Costa Rica Research Institute INTA.

7.      International Programs for Development Countries, Jaron Porciello, Cornell University

V – Proposals for developing a new model for SIDALC


10.30 a.m. - 13.00 p.m.

14.00 p.m. - 18.00 p.m.

Forum to share ideas: “SIDALC a community generating solutions for agriculture in the Americas”



1.      SIDALC VISION: Where we should be in 5 years?

2.      SIDALC IMPACT: Why is the service necessary?


a.      Organization

§  The role of networks

§  Coordination and reactivation

§  Policies

§  National catalogues and digital libraries

§  Follow-up events

§  Promotion of the service at the national level


b.      New services and products

§  User needs today

§  Capabilities in information units

§  Improvements in the service (Design of interface and new tools, data sharing, updating)

§  New services and products derived from the application of ICTs

§  Promotion of the strategy and marketing strategy


3.   The sustainability

§  Strategic partnerships

§  Joint projects

§  Consortia

§  Institutional support

§  New members