CODATA Southern African workshop publication announcement

The final Report, Executive Summary, and presentations from the September 2005 CODATA Workshop on Strategies for Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Southern Africa: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development are now freely available online. CODATA is the interdisciplinary Committee on Data for Science and Technology, affiliated with the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris.

The Southern African workshop was one in a series focused on issues related to the preservation of and access to scientific information resources in developing countries. This most recent event was co-organized by the U.S. National Committee for CODATA in collaboration with the South African National Committee for CODATA, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries.

For the past several years I have had the pleasure of working with CODATA as part of the US National Committee and as Co-chair of the Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical (S&T) Data in Developing Countries. It is gratifying to see the work pay off. This southern African workshop has already yielded a regional activity to begin documenting and sharing information on data sources for sustainable development in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. And while change and development appear to move slowly, the persistence of committed people does make a difference.

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