Science Forum 2009: ICT workshop
The issue identified is how to use advances in information sciences and ICTs, such as exponentially growing processing power, clouds of shareable tools, applications and intelligently linked content and data for an “inclusive” agricultural science, research and innovation.
The need to ensure that scientific and technical information is openly accessible, as per the CIARD agenda, was strongly emphasized. Furthermore, the workshop identified priority issues in line with CIARD as being the need for new policy directions related to improved information management and intellectual property rights, coherence and interoperatibility of data and information management systems, and enhancement of human and institutional capacities. All of these will enable effective use of information and avoid the threat of marginalization of some actors that need to be considered to make full use of the opportunities that information science and ICTs have now created.