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Scientific and Technical Information System. [SIST] Support the planning and development of information and communication systems for education and research institutions A project from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Priority Solidarity Fund Joël Sor - Cirad www.sist-sciencedev.net.

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scientific and technical information system

Scientific and Technical Information System

[SIST]

Support the planning and development of information and communication systems for education and research institutionsA project from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Priority Solidarity Fund

Joël Sor - Cirad

www.sist-sciencedev.net

starting point research in the south
Starting point : Research in the south

One statement : African Research is extremely low in the international scientific field

0,4 % of the web content

(0,02% without RSA)

Analyses from Roland Waast (IRD)

“Science condition in Africa”

starting point poorness of access to sti
Starting point : Poorness of access to STI
  • An increasing marginalization of southern research on international visibility(0,7 % of worldwide publications).
  • Productions of its teams remain too thinly spread
starting point a lack of communication
Starting point : A lack of communication
  • Worldwide renown researcher teams exist ...
  • … but they really are lacking of appropriate meansThis situation is one of the major constraint to sustainable development in Africa.
sist objectives
SIST Objectives

3 years, 3 M €, 12 countries

  • Improve and share knowledge and experiences
  • Promote existing and ongoing results
  • Build regional research networks
  • Introduce African research in international networks.
  • Contribute to the reduction of the digital and technological divide (NEPAD priority)
  • Part of the French contribution to the WSIS

Constraints:

  • Fast implementation
  • Operational, simple and pragmatique device (bandwidth)
  • Technical, functional and financial autonomy of countries after the project
  • A geometrically variable structure that is transferable to the rest of African countries
2004 actions
2004 Actions
  • Official launching meeting in March
  • Project Website : www.sist-sciencesdev.net
  • 4 regional sensitization-training workshop (AUF)
  • Project Scientific Committee
  • CODC in 8 countries
  • Technical National Partner in 7 countries
  • Country studies in 8 countries (network)
  • Partnerships (Cirad, FAO, AUF, IRD, INASP, AAB…)
2005 actions
2005 Actions
  • SIST platform V1 available
  • Access to partners databases (FAO, CIRAD, WHO, INASP, AUF, CNRS …)
  • 3 pilots sites : Algeria, Ghana and Madagascar
  • Sensitization and training
  • Access to STI from African countries
  • WSIS participation
  • Steering Committee
  • Platform installed in every participating country
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3 – Technical composition of

the device

www.sist-sciencesdev.net

Users

Federated

Research

Module

Size of SIST Website

Decision-Making Committee

National SIST Website

SPIP-AGORA-SIST

Changes in SIST Websites

Computer Scientists

SPIP-AGORA

Diverse Websites

Webmasters

Linux

Apache

MySql

Php

Local

Databases

Scientists

Network

Server

  • a modular device in layers
  • totally open
  • usable for other functions
  • outside the SIST context

Variable Elements

Elements of Free Software

Elements added by SIST to the free Software

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Technical limits
    • Network available in each country
    • main server hosted by Cirad (FR)
  • Financial
    • Agreement with commercial editors
    • Access to bandwidth
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5 – Perspectives, evolutions

The main developments considered are :

  • Automated dissemination of SIST site contents to other websites ( creation of RSS lines)
  • Device for selective information dissemination (from a recorded research equation, periodic dissemination of results via the message system, via RSS lines, or via the supply of web pages on the SIST.
  • Harvesting of OAI (collection OAI metadata and exploitation via federated research module)
  • Creation of centralised directory of experts
  • Access control mechanism for sensitive database (Hinari, Agora)
  • New connectors to the federated research ( LDAP directory)
  • Improving the federated research module (post research relevant sorting, removal of “doublons”...)
  • Exportation of federated research findings under other formats (XML, Word, Excel, Endnote …)
  • Putting in place Blog and wiki tools in the collaborative work space
  • ….. BANDWIDTH
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Contexte international

Europe Réseaux Recherche :

Paris

Amériquedont Internet 2AsiePacifique

Internet :SFINX (peering)

Lyon

AmériqueLatine :

Corée : TEIN puis TEIN-2

Bassin Méditerranéen:

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Thank you

Thank youJoel.sor@cirad.fragaschignard@fara-africa.orgthierry.helmer@cirad.frwww.sist-sciencesdev.net