Frontiers in Forest Information

OFIS celebrated its centenary in 2005 with this special conference held 5-7 December 2005 at St Anne's College, Oxford

Selected papers were published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship No. 46 Supplement, Spring 2006

Frontiers in Information for Bio- and environmental Sciences

FIBS - Frontiers in Information for Bio- and environmental Sciences - is a group in formation to serve the professional interests of all involved in the management of information in biosciences, biodiversity and the environment. It is being developed under the auspices of IAALD (International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists) as its UK and Ireland Chapter.

The launch meeting, FIBS 2010, was held in London on 26 February 2010. It explored various example of collaborative activity with a view to defining a practical way forward for this new professional group.

Exploratory meetings were held in 2007 under the heading Focus on Information in the Bio- and Environmental Sciences:

FIBS1: Frontiers in Information provision for the Bio- and Environmental Sciences, was held at the Novartis Foundation, London, 25 January 2007London on 25 January 2007.

FIBS2: Image Management in the Bio- and Environmental Sciences, in association with UKeiG, was held at John Rylands University Library, Manchester, 31 May 2007

An informal steering group chaired by Roger Mills, Oxford University Library Services, was set up and ALLCU [Association of Libraries in Land-based Colleges and Universities] became the UK partner of IAALD in 2008. An online survey was conducted in the summer of 2009 to establish the level of support for a permanent FIBS group which revealed enthusiasm for the concept, and led to the planning of FIBS2010.

Members of IAALD based in the UK and Ireland will automatically be enrolled as members of the new group. To join IAALD click here.

Association of Librarians in Land-based Colleges and Universities

Engaging with your users. Association of Librarians in Land-based Colleges and Universities Conference, 15-17 July 2009, Hadlow College, Kent.

Changing Times: the next 30 years. Association of Librarians in Land-based Colleges and Universities 30th Annual Meeting 2008, 14-16 July, Wadham College, Oxford.

European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Evolving services: extending access. European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, 2008 Meeting, 2-5 April 2008, Merton College, Oxford

European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries 16th EBHL Meeting, Pruhonice, Czech Republic, 22-26 April 2009, at the Botany Institute of the Czech Academy of Science

International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists

Developing Information Literacy: a participatory workshop: side meeting at IAALD Africa Congress, Nairobi, Kenya, 25 May 2006

IAALD/AFITA/WCCA World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT, Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 August 2008

Image Management: pre-conference workshop, 24 August 2008

Expertise for the non-specialist: delivering forest-related information to non-foresters



International Union of Forest Research Organizations

Forest information services for foresters and society. IUFRO 6.03.00 session, IUFRO World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, August 2000

IUFRO European Regional Conference. One-day business meeting of IUFRO Unit 6.03.00, Copenhagen, 27-30 August 2002

The Use of Information and Communication Technology Tools in Forest Research: 4-day pre-congress workshop for XXII IUFRO World Congress, Brisbane, Australia, August 2005

Integrative Information Management for Integrative Science: a workshop at IUFRO Divison 6 Symposium, Saariselka, Finland, 15 August 2007

XXIII IUFRO World Congress. Seoul, South Korea, 23-28 Aug 2010.

Tweets for Forest Research - Opportunity and Problems of Using Social Media in Forest Science. Wednesday, August 25, 18.30-20.30, room 317B

Digital communication has rapidly accelerated over the past two decades and with within this expansion has evolved a vast range of social media channels. This side-event aims to present and discuss how social media can be used as a complementary way of communication for science.
Social media describes the collection of Internet- and web-based technologies that enables individuals and communities to gather, communicate, share, and in some cases collaborate in a virtually instantaneous manner with the intention of disseminating information and encouraging new ideas and innovation through social interaction.

  • Introduction to social media, Randy McCracken, USA
  • Taking the plunge: encouraging institutional use of social media, Roger Mills, UK
  • The value of Tweets in engaging with key audiences, Cindy L. Miner, USA
  • Legitimizing forest policy by social media - democratic dimension, Daniela Kleinschmit, Germany
    Donkey's new clothes or parrot's?, Erkki Kauhanen, Finland
  • The role of web 2.0 in evidence-based forestry, Gillian Petrokofsky, UK Flyer

Managing the data deluge: the challenge of emerging technologies. Friday, August 27, 16:00-18:00, room 318C

  • Developing a toolkit for data management, Roger Mills, UK Poster
  • Institutional repositories: a solution for preserving forestry information in Ghana. Margaret Sraku-Lartey, Ghana
  • FORNIS: building an online network of forestry information of sub-Saharan Africa, Stella Britwum Acquah, Ghana
  • A forestry education platform for Central America and Caribbean countries: FAO experience, Vanda Santos, Italy
  • The Oregon Spatial Data Library: a public resource, Andrea Wirth, USA
  • Maximising access and minimising bias in evidence-based forestry: the case for a collaborative register of data, Gillian Petrokofsky, UK
  • How to build a better Web site: designing for effective technology transfer, Randy McCracken, USA

UK eInformation Group

Image Management: New Directions. Thursday, 13 March, 2008, 09.30 - 16.30, the Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Innovation in e-information: the UKeiG 2009 Conference. 16-17 June 2009, Manchester Conference Centre

UKeIG 2010: Rough guide to Image Management: digital image handling for non-specialists. Wednesday 31 March 2010, 09.30 - 16.30, CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE


Developing Forest Information Networks. A meeting of forestry and natural resource librarians; Portland, Oregon, USA, 15-16 August 2001

Information Interoperability and Organization for National and Global Forest Information Systems. Satellite event XII World Forestry Congress, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 17-19 September 2003

Plant Sciences Libraries 2.0. Forestry Roundtable at SLA 2008, Seattle, USA, 16 June 2008

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