The organizers of the 2nd Expert Consultation on International Information System for Agricultural Sciences and Technology (IISAST) invited actors from the national level to document their experiences in developing information systems and institutional networks in the form of case studies. This approach had been recommended by the Advocacy Task Force, so that lessons drawn from these case studies would provide the basis of advocacy with the key stakeholders.
This case study documents the experience of the Thai AGRIS Centre (TAC). The vision of the TAC is to become a “smart” agricultural information service provider guided by international standards.The TAC case highlights the following lessons: adapting content to the local context; addressing diversity; capacity building as service provision; access and empowerment; strengthening participation; realistic approach to technologies; adopting a new ICT Culture; financial sustainability; and mutually beneficial partnerships. Conversely, it underscores the following issues: language barriers; technical barriers; incompatibility between local information and vocabularies; and limited staff.
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Anon. Case Study: Institution-Based Information Systems - Thai AGRIS Centre. (2008) 13 pp.