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PD/A CRSP Twentieth Annual Administrative Report

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Information Management and Networking

MOU No. RD009K

Staff

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Danielle Clair Director of Information Management (0.5 FTE)
Kris McElwee Assistant Information Manager; System Administrator (through April)
Madeleine von Laue Research Assistant (May–July)
Stephen Sempier Graduate Assistant (to July 2002)
Ian Courter Graduate Assistant (from July 2002)
Jeff Burright Undergraduate Student Worker
Kristen Lewis Undergraduate Student Worker
Mary Olson Undergraduate Student Worker

Annual Activities of the Information Management and Networking Component

Danielle Clair, Ian Courter, Roger Harris
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Background

The mission of the Information Management and Networking Component (IMNC) is to increase awareness and visibility of the PD/A CRSP by publishing and providing accessible technical and programmatic information, to monitor and report CRSP impacts, and to foster networking among persons involved in aquaculture.

IMNC works closely with the Program Management Office (PMO) to disseminate technical and programmatic information in accordance with grant reporting requirements and to collect and analyze program impact information. Component objectives are to:

In the reporting period IMNC activities have encompassed publication production and distribution, Internet activities, impact monitoring, and program promotion and networking.

CRSP Publications

Data and Resource Management
An ongoing IMNC activity is managing the program‘s mailing database. The database currently numbers more than 1,200 entries from almost one hundred countries. IMNC staff also maintain a detailed inventory of PD/A CRSP publications and track publication circulation.

Production
IMNC has produced and distributed a variety of publications and informational materials during the reporting period, listed below.

Nineteenth Annual Administrative Report
Clair, D., J. Burright, K. McElwee, M. Olson, S. Sempier, and H. Egna (Editors), 2002. PD/A CRSP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 116 pp.

Nineteenth Annual Technical Report
K. McElwee, K. Lewis, M. Olson, and P. Buitrago (Editors), 2002. PD/A CRSP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 206 pp.

Tenth Work Plan
Printed December 2001, 148 pp.

Second Addendum to the Ninth Work Plan
Printed Summer 2002, 15 pp.

Aquaculture Pond Bottom Soil Quality Management
Boyd, C.E., C.W. Wood, and T. Thunjai, 2002, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 41 pp.

Pond Fertilization Algal Bioassay Test Kit Manual
Produced Summer 2002, 8pp.

Aquanews, quarterly newsletter (distributed by hard copy and available on the CRSP website): Vol. 15, No. 4 and Vol. 16, Nos. 1–3.

EdOp Net, monthly newsletter of aquaculture-related education and employment opportunities (distributed by hard copy and electronic mail and available on the CRSP website): Vol. 7, Nos. 8–12; Vol. 8, Nos. 1– 7.

CRSP Research Reports, an in-house publication series that includes Notices of Publication:

01-172 Lin, C.K., M.K. Shrestha, and Y. Yi. Management to minimize the environmental impacts of pond effluent: Harvest draining techniques and effluent quality. (10/01)
01-173 Lin, C.K. and Y. Yi. Developments in integrated aquaculture in Southeast Asia. (10/01)
01-174 Phelps, R.P. Sex reversal: The directed control of gonadal development in tilapia. (10/01)
01-175 Meyer, D.E. Nutrition and feeding of tilapia. (10/01)
02-176 Fitzsimmons, K. Tilapia markets in the Americas, 2001 and beyond. (01/02)
02-177 Omar Fúnez, N., I. Neira, and C. Engle. Supermarket outlets for tilapia in Honduras: An overview of survey results. (01/02)
02-178 Neira, I. and C. Engle. Markets for tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) in Nicaragua: A descriptive analysis of restaurants, supermarkets and stands in open markets. (01/02)
02-179 Meyer, D.E. Technology for successful small-scale tilapia culture. (01/02)
02-180 Martinez Ayala, J.A., J.J. Molnar, F. Arias, and T. J. Popma. Production and marketing strategies used by small and medium-scale tilapia farms. (01/02)
02-181 Tollner, E.W. Levee pond design model. (01/02)
02-182 Popma, T.J., and D.E. Meyer. Training and technical assistance in warm-water fish culture. (01/02)
02-183 Verma, B.P., D.E. Meyer, T.J. Popma, J.J. Molnar, and E. W. Tollner. Web-based information delivery system for tilapia for sustainable development of aquaculture in Honduras. (01/02)
02-184 Corrales, H.L., C.A. Lara, J.E. Heerin, J.M. Wigglesworth, and B.W. Green. A sustainable shrimp aquaculture system from Honduras. (04/02

The following publications were submitted electronically to and are available to download as PDF files from the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse:

World Wide Web

Online Publications
The Publications page of the PD/A CRSP website is an important source of programmatic and research material. Documents are placed on the site in one of two formats: PDF and HTML. Documents containing many complex graphics and a detailed layout are generally placed on the site in PDF format. These documents can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Documents added in this format to the Publications page in the last year include:

Documents that can be divided into relatively short sections are placed on the web in HTML format. Publications added in the last year in this format include:

Tables of contents of most publications are placed on the web in HTML format to allow rapid browsing of publication contents.

Employment and Educational Opportunities Online
EdOp Net is a popular source of aquaculture-related employment and education opportunities made available from the PD/A CRSP website, via monthly email, and in a mailed, printed format. EdOp Net is delivered from the CRSP website via a searchable relational database and its web-enabling plug-in. In the reporting period, almost 200 new subscribers were added to the electronic mail membership of EdOp Net. On a monthly basis EdOp Net is specifically distributed to about 800 individuals in electronic and paper formats; additionally, the website receives thousands of visitors on an annual basis.

Impact Monitoring

The CRSP uses impact indicators to monitor the effects of its research on stakeholders, beneficiaries, extension services, the research community, and the field of aquaculture. The IMNC is responsible for annually soliciting and collecting researchers‘ quantifications of their impacts.

In addition to these formal impact indicators, IMNC staff collect project-specific impact information designed to capture CRSP participants‘ activities that were sponsored by the CRSP or came about as a result of CRSP work. These forms are requested on a quarterly basis and allow the IMNC to monitor, track, and report progress in the areas of outreach, public service, and professional development. The types of information collected include:

Training Information

IMNC collects information related to student activities supported by CRSP researchers. Support typically includes providing graduate research assistantships, hiring undergraduate student workers, providing research materials, and advising student workers‘ research papers. During this reporting period, CRSP-sponsored students completed 22 formal degree programs (one doctorate, six masters, and fifteen bachelors). Students working with CRSP researchers completed the following theses:

Besides the above formal training, CRSP researchers provided non-degree training to 410 individuals in the reporting period.

Program Networking

IMNC headed up and participated in numerous program outreach efforts throughout the reporting period. Specifically:

IMNC also receives frequent requests for information from around the world, typically via email. In the last year, contacts were made and information exchanges took place with individuals from Guatemala, Ghana, Vietnam, England, India, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Panama, Ecuador, Thailand, Namibia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nicaragua, Morocco, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Chile.


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