Canadian Forest Service Publications
Information Management and Data Registration. 2005. Thomson, A.J. Page in FAO-IUFRO Knowledge Reference for National Forest Assessments. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Rome, Italy.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 25429
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Information management includes the collection, quality control, archival and long-term accessibility of collected data and associated metadata, and distinguishes between data, information and knowledge. New emphasis on changes in socio-economic and protective functions of forests in addition to the productive functions are challenges for National Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) information management, required to meet the information provision and reporting requirements of international agreements. Countries vary widely in the availability of forest information and in their information management capabilities. A process for putting a full National Forest Information System in place is outlined. Steps in the process include a requirements analysis to guide system design and development. Based on the requirements analysis, an architecture and operating system will be determined. Manpower and training requirements must be addressed, and pilot projects can aid in this. Information has costs and timeliness, and costs of providing forest information can become a major concern. A business case for an information management system can establish the magnitude, nature and likely influences on the demand for the product to be developed, as well as identifying risks and uncertainties, costs and benefits with the goal of obtaining funding.