03 February 2006

Knowledge-sharing strategy for aquaculture in Asia-Pacific

A 2004 paper by Simon Wilkinson, Sih Yang Sim and Yoothana Suansook introduces how the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) has developed and implemented a low cost ICT-based communications network and online community. Visiting the NACA web site today is an eye-opener with the whole presentation framed around online tools and online community - news, publications, forums and rss feeds all feature prominently

The key components of the 'eNACA' strategy are:
  • Community driven – participants can contribute to the content of the website, and interact with one another through online forums;
  • Use of a multi-media approach to repackage knowledge for distribution in a wide variety of formats;
  • A web-based digital library to store, organize and share full-text publications;
  • An email newsletter alert service;
  • A 'free-access' to information policy to avoid financial barriers to participation.

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