Créer, trouver, échanger l'information - Creating, finding and exchanging information - Creación, búsqueda e intercambio de información - 80/81 - 1994/3-4. (FAO, 1994, 32 p.)
close this bookCréer, trouver, échanger l'information - Creating, finding and exchanging information - Creación, búsqueda e intercambio de información - 80/81 - 1994/3-4. (FAO, 1994, 32 p.)
close this folderSpecific issues concerning the application of information systems in developing countries
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It is hoped that the end product of the development process described above will be an information system with a very specific focus, function and set of goals. The system users will not only be trained in the operation of the system, but more important they will know how to use the output information effectively.

One serious potential drawback to such a development process is that it will result in a variety of systems with specific goals within the overall animal health programme. If the development of these systems can be adequately coordinated and integrated, then an overall animal health information system with a modular structure will result. If development is not coordinated, then a group of disparate programmes that may or may not relate will result. The most serious problem with uncoordinated development is that it will inevitably lead to the duplication of data-collection efforts and wastage of resources.

Regardless of whether an information system has been set up to provide small-scale livestock producers with management information or to serve the needs of a national animal health programme, it must be accepted that a single system cannot meet all of the very diverse needs of the various user groups. One of the key features in the development of an integrated system though is the effective use of data that have already been collected and are available in electronic format. The problem of ownership of information must be addressed in order to male these data available. Within the branches of a government administration this problem can be serious, but it may be evermore of a problem if private organizations are involved.