I have just joined the list and would like to introduce myself.
I am employed by CAB International (CABI), which is dedicated to improving
human welfare worldwide through the dissemination, application and
generation of scientific knowledge in support of sustainable development,
with emphasis on agriculture, forestry, human health and the management of
natural resources, and with particular attention to the needs of developing
CABI's Information Institute, where I have worked for the last 13 years,
compiles and maintains the CAB ABSTRACTS, CAB HEALTH and associated
databases, and maintains a research programme on information collection and
management. My academic background is in botany and botanical taxonomy.
Currently, I am involved in an EC funded project to develop a strategy for
cooperation between documentation centres for ecological agriculture in
Europe (DOCEA is the acronym). There are several specialist databases
throughout Europe on organic farming/ecological agriculture. Our aim is to
develop a unified database covering the scientific, grey and practical
literature, which will be of interest to a wide range of users: farmers,
extension officers, researchers, retailers, policy makers, etc.
I would be particularly interested to hear of similar database projects and
from anyone who would like to comment on the DOCEA concept.