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The new online FIPIS...


Joan Baron Varley <[log in to unmask]>


Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>


Tue, 31 Jul 2001 03:17:09 -0400





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Development of a new online FIPIS...

Those of you who found the old FAO Fisheries Project Information System
(FIPIS) a useful resource will be interested to know that all of the data
contained in the old system (maintained by FAO up until 1995) plus more
recent fisheries and aquatic project data, and much more, is now accessible
online via a new Internet portal called oneFish...

Details of more than 6,000 fisheries and aquatic projects, together with a
wide range of other relevant information, can now be accessed online via
the new interactive Internet portal oneFish. oneFish is a free,
open-access, participatory information system which is being developed by
the Support unit for International Fisheries and Aquatic Research (SIFAR)
in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on
behalf of a number of major donor organizations.

oneFish combines the attributes of an online directory and database. The
primary subject focus of oneFish is fisheries and aquatic research and
development, and the core data in the system comprises more than 6,000
fisheries and aquatic project records. These are enhanced with links to
institutional and thematic websites, project documents and other relevant

The project information derives from the Fisheries Project Information
System (FIPIS) maintained by FAO up until 1995. This is currently being
updated with post-1995 project records from Donors databases and websites.
In addition to project related information, there are an increasing number
of specialised collections gradually being added to oneFish, e.g. FAO
Technical Papers and IIFET Conference Papers. Perhaps of particular
interest to fishfolk will be the new and powerful electronic version of
those classic Torry Advisory Notes that are now available online, fully
indexed and cross-referenced. Access is also provided to c.43,000
references and abstracts from the former Torry Laboratory library database,
and work is currently in hand to provide access to the full text of BOBP
(Bay of Bengal Programme) Publications.

Individuals as well as institutes and organizations can upload information
about their fisheries and aquatic projects and related publications and
research output into oneFish. In the first instance you must register as a
member. This is a simple process initiated by clicking on the Join Now
graphic on the homepage. As a registered member you will have access to the
oneFish "suggestion" forms, and "Explorer", your own personal space in
oneFish where you can manage your uploaded information. "Topic Editors"
have a higher level of access, enabling them to directly add information to
their topic, suggest linking it to other topics, and manage information
submitted to their topic by other members. Further information about
becoming a topic editor can be found at:

oneFish enables the collection, sharing and dissemination of information
across a wide range of subjects relevant to those working in the fisheries
and aquatic research and development sectors. Information can be uploaded
in any format, and ownership of information is retained by the originator.
You can post news items and details of forthcoming events, initiate polls
on specific issues; and set up discussions around a specific piece of
knowledge, or on a individual topic. The knowledge is organised in
browseable topic trees, the management of which is carried out remotely by
topic editors - subject specialists and enthusiasts in their respective

The first fully-interactive version of oneFish (1.0), went live on the
Internet in February this year. Since then several mini upgrades have
followed and in September/October this year the current system will be
replaced by a re-engineered version on a new software platform, offering a
significant number of enhancements to the functionality. Future planned
developments include the incorporation of an advanced search; subject
specialist thesauri; and satellite systems to house the project and
bibliographic data which will provide extended capabilities for data
manipulation, analysis and export/output options. These latter developments
will be incorporated into the system at various stages during the coming
12/18 months.

For more information about oneFish go to: or contact
the Chief Editor, Joan Baron Varley, at the address below.

Please be aware that the system is still under development, and so you may
experience some system `bugs'. Please contact me if you experience any

Many thanks

Joan Baron Varley
Chief Editor and Information Manager
oneFish Community Directory Project
Support unit for International Fisheries
and Aquatic Research - SIFAR
c/o FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, Italy

Tel: 00 39 06 570 54059
Fax: 00 39 06 570 56500
Email: [log in to unmask]

Tim Bostock
Executive Secretary
Support unit for International Fisheries
and Aquatic Research - SIFAR
c/o FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, Italy

Tel: 00 39 06 570 54059
Fax: 00 39 06 570 56500
Email: [log in to unmask]

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