IOC-LUC-KMFRI Workshop on RECOSCIX-WIO in the year 2000 and beyond (and training course for librarians)
The project RECOSCIX-WI0 (Regional Co-operation in Scientific Information Exchange in the Western Indian Ocean) was launched in February 1989 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO at the request of IOCINCWIO to: - provide marine scientists in the region with the necessary scientific information;- enhance the use of indigenous scientific information in the region; - promote and facilitate communication between the scientists, both intra- and inter-regionally; - disseminate information on scientific research activities in the region. To achieve these goals the project set out to develop a number of services and products such as: (i) provision of bibliographic search and document delivery services;(ii) provision of equipment and software to marine science libraries in WI0 region; (iii)development of the regional directory of marine scientists (WIODIR);(iv) development of a regional library holdings database (WIOLIB); (v) publication of the newsletter WZNDO W (Western Indian Ocean Waters); (vi) development of MASDEA (Marine Species Database for Eastern Africa);(vii) co-operation in ASFA as regional input centre; (viii) publication of WIOBASE (integrated Western Indian Ocean data and information sources CD-ROM). After the initial pilot phase (1989-1992), the Government of Belgium through the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR) funded the implementation of the operational phases of the project. The VLIR support ended in April 1999. IOC has been gradually increasing its support for the project to fill in the gap left by VLIR. This support has been provided within the framework of the IOC/Sida-SAREC, and IOC/ Flanders initiative for development of an Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA). The tenth anniversary of the project provided an opportunity to look back and evaluate where the project had achieved its objectives and where it had failed. With this in mind a Workshop on “RECOSCIX-WI0 in the year 2000 and beyond” was hosted by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Mombasa, Kenya between 14-17 April 1999. This workshop also provided an opportunity for partners in the project to redefine the priorities of the project. The workshop was preceded by a two-day refresher technical training session for marine information managers ( 12- 13 April). Whereas for previous RECOSCM-WI0 workshops and training courses only information managers were invited, for this event each of the institutions participating in the project was invited to nominate both marine information managers AND scientists to attend. Indeed, as scientists are the main users and beneficiaries of the RECOSCIX-WI0 services and products they should be involved in the planning of the project’s future.