Paris, 9 October 2006

EFITA newsletter / 278 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Next EFITA congress in 2007 in Glasgow
2 - 5 July 2007 - Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK
Contact: Caroline PARKER
Email: c.g.parker(a)

Success of the HAICTA conference
Thanks to the great effort of the members of HAICTA-the Greek branch of EFITA- and the help of:
(a) three Universities of the Greek Ministry of Education,
(b) the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Foods,
(c) the Mayors of the towns of Thessaly, and
(d) certain volunteers of the HAICTA2006 Organizing Committee, the International Conference HAICTA2006 (20-23 Sep. 2006 in Volos-Greece) has been recognized by 200 participants from 22 countries as one of the best conferences of EFITA.
 It is to mention that among the people who helped the conference was you (GW) who offered the announcement of the Conference many times and I feel the need to come and thank you once more.
Contact : Professor Stergios TZORTZIOS - Chair of HAICTA2006 Organizing Committee
Email: stzortz(a)

Seminar about agricultural data dictionaries, interoperability and traceability (in French only - one full day))

20 December - PARIS - French ministry of Agriculture
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

Point of view: Free CMS
Within the small LdV project called e-Business, I got a lot of information about MAMBO, a free content management system from our Dutch partners. Just after the end of the project, ACTA Informatique organised its 45 th AgriMMedia Seminar about free CMS: Joomla! that replaces Mambo, SPIP a French solution, TYPO3, WIKIPEDIA, and e-GroupWare.
ACTA Informatique is maintaining a newsletter about Linux and free software. We hope that information exchanges will increase with the development web services based on the above free tools.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

PotatoEurope premiere - a great success
7,300 visitors to the Manor Estate Rittergut Bockerode near Hanover, almost one-quarter from abroad:
> Details to exhibitor survey:
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Contact: Malene PICKLES
Email: m.pickles(a)

Overselling the Web: Development and the Internet
The book discusses the role of the Internet in development, and policies designed to increase its impact. The widespread and rapid adoption of the Internet in the developing world suggests that there are real opportunities presented by the new technology. At the same time, Overselling the Web suggests that the overall economic impact of the Internet may be smaller than commonly thought and that policymakers should be wary of large-scale subsidies, tax breaks and rollout programs.
Contact: Charles KENNY
Email: charlesjkenny(a)

Global survey on E-Agriculture
The impact that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can have on sustainable development, and in particular, agriculture, has been highlighted through the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and other global platforms. The realization of the effective application of e-agriculture has become a major priority for the international community. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was given the responsibility for facilitation of the Action Line on e-agriculture in the WSIS Plan of Action, and the first major activity is the development of a worldwide survey.
Your input to this survey - your views, ideas and experiences - are much needed to help better define the role that digital technologies can have in improving information exchange and communication related to agriculture. Your comments will help direct future steps in the development of e-agriculture.
Contact: Charlotte MASIELLO
Email: Charlotte.Masiello(a)

The 'simple' things in life!
A kindergarten class had a homework assignment to find out something "exciting" and relate it to the class the next day.

When the time came to present what they'd found, the first little boy the teacher called on walked up to the front of the class and with a piece of chalk, made a small white dot on the blackboard and then sat back down.

Puzzled, the teacher asked him what it was. "It's a period," he replied.
"I can see that," said the teacher, "but what is so 'exciting' about a period "Darned if I know," he said, "but this morning my sister was missing one.

Mommy fainted, Daddy had a heart attack, and the boy next door joined the Navy."

Contact: I. KITRON
Email: kitron1(a)

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