The ICSTI Report
During the past year, ICSTI has continued to fulfill its role of providing a unique gathering of the diverse groups interested in and concerned with scientific, technical, and medical information, from generation through access to archiving. As the only international organization serving this community, whose importance expands as the information revolution pervades every aspect of science, technology and medicine, ICSTI serves its members through meetings, technical activities, special studies and networking. This brief report summarizes some of the valuable services ICSTI provides its members. Further details can be obtained through the provided links.
1. ICSTI General Assembly Public Conferences
Each year at its General Assembly, ICSTI hosts a Public Conference, open to all, that addresses a major issue to the scientific, technical, medical information (STMI) community. This continuing series of informative events provides an ongoing overview of how the information revolution is shaping STMI today and into the future. The last four Public Conferences were as follows. www.icsti.org
2005 (Moscow) Information Services for Fundamental and
2. ICSTI and the World Summit on the Information Society
In conjunction with and at the two UN World Summits on the Information Society in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005), ICSTI played a key role in bringing the issues and concerns of the STMI community to the attention of the scientific, STMI and international policy communities. Among the most recent activities were two important workshops. The first provided input from the STMI community into the second (Tunis) WSIS. The second provided a report and feedback to the STMI community from the first (Geneva) WSIS.
1-2 September 2005 ICSTI co-sponsored an international
workshop “Creating the Global Information Commons for Science:
Toward Institutional Policies and Guidelines for Action”
10 November 2004 ICSTI co-sponsored the Special Session
on the World Summit on the Information Society, held during the
19 th CODATA International Conference.
3. Special Workshops and Symposia
31 August 2005 An ICSTI STI National Centres Meeting
19 February 2005 An ICSTI co-sponsored session “Changing
Scientific Publishing: Open Access and Implications for the Working
Scientist” at the AAAS (U.S.) Symposium
2003 ICTI/INIST/INSERM Seminar on Open Access to Scientific
and Technical Information
3 February 2006 An ICSTI Public Workshop Information and
Data in e-Science Making Seamless Access a Reality
ICSTI has put together an agenda comprising
outstanding visionaries and implementers from leading STI organizations
to discuss these subjects in a focused workshop designed to help understand
some of the answers to these important questions.
In December 2004, the International Council for Science (ICSU) http://www.icsu.org
The report also stated that “the multi-stakeholder ICSTI membership was thought appropriate for addressing many of the key issues relating to scientific and technical information in general, and scientific publishing in particular, in ways that are relevant to the operational activities of many ICSU national and union members. Closer links between ICSTI and the ICSU membership could potentially replace much of the advisory function formerly assigned to CDSI [Committee on Dissemination of Scientific Information].
ICSTI will be addressing these issues in the future.
ICSTI has been working with CODATA to create a portal prototype http://www.nap.edu/shelves/codata/index.html to
raise the visibility of the issues related to the permanent access
to scientific data and information internationally. The objective for
the portal, when operational, is to provide information about and links
Bureau Van Dijk Information Management
In August 2005, Barry Mahon, the former Executive Director, left ICSTI after four years of outstanding service to the organization. Under his leadership, ICSTI gained many new members and expanded its visibility and impact in the STMI world. The officers thank Barry for all his fine accomplishments.
Mr. Chervine Chams has joined ICSTI as its new Executive Secretary. His professional background includes experience in the fields of Information and Communication Technology, finance (Paribas) and academia (UCLA-Anderson School of Management). An avid tennis player, he has competed in several professional tournaments. Mr. Chams is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.