BSPP Presidential Conference, Canterbury, UK December 1996

Peter Scott(Dir Info Inst) P.SCOTT at cabi.org
Fri Oct 4 07:19:14 EST 1996


 To:              Kevin O'Donnell <odonnell at sasa.gov.uk>              

I'm preparing my Presidential Address for the British Society for Plant 
Pathology's December Conference in Canterbury, and I'd be glad of ideas from 
a wide range of people.

The title is "THE INCREDIBLE PACE OF CHANGE -  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN 
SUPPORT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY". My plan was to range over the following topics, 
with some demonstrations. (For amplification of the topics, see the papers 
that have been invited under these or similar headings at 
http://www.bspp.org.uk/dec96con.htm).

1.   Handling facts to produce information -
Handling the information explosion in plant pathology. Data management: 
bibliographic; nomenclatural; molecular; etc.

2.   Interpreting information to produce knowledge -
Taxonomic Information Systems; Geographic Information Systems; Multimedia; 
etc.

3.   Using knowledge to support decision making -
Modelling epidemics; Diagnostic tools; Expert Systems for disease 
management; etc.

4.   Using knowledge to make predictions -
Epidemic forecasting; Risk analysis

5.   Passing on knowledge in education and training -
New media; Interactive training; Distance learning; etc.

6.   Storing and disseminating information -
Intranets, the Internet, World Wide Web; Electronic publishing; MPPOL (see 
http://www.bspp.org.uk/mppol) ; Opportunities for developing countries.

In any of these areas, or any others, PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH ME AND 
OTHERS by e-mailing to bspplist at bbsrc.ac.uk. Include some or all of this 
message in your e-mail if it helps. The new technology gives us a remarkable 
opportunity to start the Conference well ahead of time, and to hit the 
ground running when we get to Canterbury (16-19 December)!

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Peter
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Peter Scott
Director, Information Institute, CAB INTERNATIONAL, Wallingford OX10 8DE, UK
Tel: +44 1491 832111.    Fax: +44 1491 833508

President, British Society for Plant Pathology

Work: p.scott at cabi.org     http://www.cabi.org
Home: peter at scottp.demon.co.uk
BSPP: http://www.bspp.org.uk

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Information Technology in Plant Pathology and Systematics
BSPP/SA Meeting, University of Kent, 16-19 December 1996
SEE INTERACTIVE PROGRAMME AT
http://www.bspp.org.uk/dec96con.htm
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