Our purpose is to gather data from you and other groups working in the area of medicinal plants. It will be used as background for the eventual determination of a strategy for establishing a network which will permit organizations within in the Caribbean to become familiar with one another, learn from one another and collaborate when appropriate.
This network will help organizations working in the area of medicinal plants to share information, techniques, methodologies, dissemination methods, advocacy approaches, and so on.
Participants in the network will be encouraged to help develop policies and procedures for the network, to develop information priorities for it, and, as users, advise on the appropriate content for it.
Part I, the Content Needs Questionnaire, is concerned with what we call "content": Information and communication devises that are available for users of the network. Ideally, the users or "owners" of the network should define what that information and communication should be. As potential participant in the network, you will want to decide on the types of information which are most important to you, and which you would like to see included in the network. You will want to be clear on what types of communication mechanisms you prefer now and in the future. You will also want to consider what information you, as an organization, can provide to the network for widespread sharing and dissemination.
The attached Content Needs Assessment is in a relatively open-ended format due to the great diversity of stakeholders and their interests in the medicinal plants community. It is probably not possible to predict all the information needs of a great range of different agencies and actors. It is important that your organization makes clear the specific types of information it requires or desires to accomplish its present and future work.
Part II, the Infrastructure and Communication Capacity Questionnaire aims to determine what types of concrete equipment and/or systems are valuable to you to permit Communication with your colleagues in other organizations, various officials in agencies, libraries and other institutions. This part of the survey aims to determine the different ways that you access information from distant locations, as well. This questionnaire covers electronic connectivity through telephone wires and satellite, but considers that this is part of the wider realm of communication - though admittedly an increasingly important part for some organizations.
Organization, institution or agency name
Division, department, or unit name, if applicable
Telephones ( )
Fax ( )
Emails: < >, < >
Web page: http://www___________________________
Mandate of your organization/unit
working languages of your organization:
spanish - english - french - creol - others
Do you use translations programs? describe.
|Overharvesting of rare or endangered species
|Threats from factors such as deforestationB|
|Changes in land tenure/land use regulations
|On the dissemination of scientific findings concerned with the safety/efficacy of medicinal plants|
|In situ conservation and sustainability practices,|
|working toward community access to medicinal plants|
|working toward community control of medicinal plants resources|
For example: Chemical data on medicinal plants.
What is the source(s) of this data?
Where is it obtained?
Are there problems in obtaining it?
What sources are used for this information?
(priorities 1 to 12)
|conditions under which plants are being used|
|Indicate the usual mode(s) of communication with these groups|
|Dissemination of pharmacological information on medicinal plants|
to local health workers
traditional healers associations, herbalists, etc.
|Interpretation/filtering and dissemination of scientific findings in forms that render them more useful to the community of users|
|Collaboration/advocacy with other stakeholders and policy-makers on issues such as:|
the regulations governing the use
and commercialization of medicinal plants
|Community/indigenous rights of access to biological resources.|
|Issues of intellectual property|
|Not available||Used rarely||Used sometimes||Used often||Almost all of the time|
|Person to person|
|Courier service (like DHL)|
|Other means (please specify)|
|Person to person|
*Capacity of the central processing unit (CPU): current: 386, 486, Pentium, other planned: 386, 486, Pentium, other *Hard disk Memory current: 640K., 1M., 4M., 8M., etc. planned: 640K., 1M., 4M., 8M., etc. *Speed of the CPU current: 33MHz, 66MHz, 100MHz, 166MHz, 300MHz, more: planned: 33MHz, 66MHz, 100MHz, 166MHz, 300MHz, more:
If so, is the LAN connected to an external line for the receipt of external communication (E-mail)? YES NO
If not, where do you source your technical support for problems that arise?
Is it necessary to allocate time blocks to staff? YES NO
How many of your computers are equipped with modems?
How many of your computers are equipped to access the Internet
What type of software do you use for this purpose?
Are there plans to buy (a) modem (s) YES NO
If so, what is its (their) speed?
Does your organization send and receive e.mail? YES NO
If so, please answer the following information:
How many e.mail accounts does your office have?
Do staff members share accounts? YES NO
What e.mail software do you use?
What type of e.mail connection do you have? Internet Fidonet Other
Do you know... YES NO
If your Internet service is directly linked to the Internet?
Or indirectly linked through a proxy server?
Does your institution supply your Internet and e.mail connection (eg. university, college, government)? YES NO
Or do you purchase Internet services from a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP)? YES NO
If you purchase services directly from a commercial ISP and must pay costs, please comment on these costs:
|free /very cheap/cheap /regular/expensive/very expensive|
|time of connection|
What is the name of your commercial Internet Service Provider?
Is it your e.mail and Internet connection reliable? YES NO
Are there times when you cannot access? YES NO
Or is there restricted access at certain times? YES NO
Can you send and receive attachments by e.mail? YES NO
Are there limitations on the size of attachments? YES NO
How valuable is e.mail to your organization?
(Give a score between zero to ten)
Other comments about your e.mail system, today and in the future?
How valuable is Internet to your organization?
(Give a score between zero to ten)
How many of your staff are familiar with the Internet, and use it for information retrieval?
Approximately how much time per day does your organization dedicate to the Internet (person-hours used searching and retrieving information)?
Other comments about the Internet and your organization, now and in the future?
Thank-you for your time and effort in filling out this questionnaire!
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