IUFRO - 9.01.01 - Library, information networks and terminology Call for
papers/contributions: IUFRO and Information: Direction 2012
IUFRO Division 9 Conference
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 8-10 May 2012
IUFRO and Information: Direction 2012
Information has been central to IUFRO's brief since its foundation in the
nineteenth century, and it has maintained a specialist research group
dealing with information in various forms for well over a century. Following
the latest re-organisation, this role is now held by the new IUFRO group 9.
01, Information and Communication, which brings together the traditional
library, information networks and terminology activities (formerly 6.03)
with communications, public relations, extension and knowledge exchange,
along with the long-existing Latin American and Caribbean information
The All-Division 9 conference in Sarajevo, May 9-11 2012, gives us a great
opportunity to explore these newly-unified territories and discover
synergies within them that will benefit both IUFRO's internal information
exchange and the global forest information network. Each subgroup of 9.01
will offer an individual programme, and this is a call for contributions for
the session to be organised by 9.01.01, Library, Information Networks and
Terminology, entitled IUFRO and Information: Direction 2012. For full
details of the Sarajevo conference see http://www.foper.org/iufro_1.html.
Objectives for the session are:
1) To involve the widest possible cross-section of those with an
interest in forest-related information
2) To explore opportunities for cross-sectoral work between the various
sub-sections of 9.01 and across IUFRO generally, to support and enhance
information provision is its widest sense
3) To derive from this a timely and relevant agenda for 9.01.01 to
take us up to the next World Congress in 2014 and beyond.
So we invite your ideas! In which directions should we be heading in 2012?
What are your priorities in managing information today? What solutions have
you found, and what support do you need to help establish new systems and
services - or to reinforce existing systems much valued but now under
threat, perhaps for economic or staffing reasons?
We welcome proposals for conventional papers (15min maximum), and also short
contributions (maximum 5 mins) which can be presented in café-style
discussion sessions. We recognise that funding to attend conferences is
often difficult to come by these days, particularly in the library and
information sector, and many who would be interested may be unable to
attend. We welcome contributions from you too! and strongly encourage you to
send in short pieces which can be discussed by conference participants. This
can be in any form you like, e.g. PowerPoint, video (e.g. YouTube), social
media (Twitter etc), e-mail etc. We are not looking for sophisticated or
time-consuming presentation, but for ideas : suggestions for activities
where we as a group of information professionals can make a difference to
you, whether you are an information provider or user, or both.
Traditionally, our group has been active in the areas of networking,
classification and terminology, and in supporting the Global Forest
Information Service (GFIS); and more recently in the developing areas of
data management/archiving, mentoring, training & support and evidence-based
forestry. Ideas for further development in those areas are welcome, but do
not limit yourselves to them:
information is key to every area of human activity so nothing is barred!
Please send your suggestions in not more than 450 words, together with full
name of authors, affiliations, and an e-mail address by February 20, 2012,
Please share this call for papers widely.
posted on behalf of 9.01.01 Coordinator Gillian Petrokofsky by Brigitte
Burger, IUFRO Headquarters
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