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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Although resource limitations are not restricted to developing countries only, they are more acute there. The biggest limitation is not the scarcity of computers and programmers, but the lack of animal health specialists with information-processing and quantitative problem-solving skills. Education programmes in developing countries often do not emphasize the development of problem-solving skills to the same extent that programmes in developed countries do. This problem is particularly acute in the area of handling and processing quantitative data. Consequently, it is imperative that these skills be developed in concert with the development of the information system.

As the price of microcomputers drops their availability becomes less of an issue, but it is still critical that resources be directed to the most effective users. Ownership of a microcomputer is still a symbol of prestige and potentially an indication of authority. Unfortunately, this often results in machines being claimed by senior administrators who may have no specific skills in their use. A related issue is that of "critical mass". The use and acceptance of computers is much higher if there are sufficient resources in the area so that a group of users can support each other in the learning process.