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Subject: [DALSIM-GRAD] IM Public Lecture, Oct 8th: Marc Taconet (Food & Agriculture Org of the UN, Rome)


iMarine in support of FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative: the Information Requirements*


Speaker: Marc Taconet (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Rome)

Date: Thursday, 8 October 2015

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: University Hall, MacDonald Building, 6300 Coburg Road (across from University Hall, Studley Campus)


(Reception to follow the lecture – co-sponsored by Dalhousie University President’s Office, the Dalhousie Libraries, and the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture, 5:30-6:30pm)


*Co-sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization and the Dalhousie School of Information Management


Abstract: In order to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has recently launched its Blue Growth initiative. A key challenge for the promotion of Blue Growth is the need for facts-based decision making across multiple scientific disciplines, a challenge which a data infrastructure such as iMarine can help articulating. iMarine aims at developing collaborative science, and the platform has demonstrated a strong potential to deliver cost-efficient solutions by pooling together data, software, methodologies and expertise. Beyond the technological demonstration, its uptake however requires the development of a comprehensive sustainability plan, including governance, data policies, marketing, outreach, and capacity building (


Speaker: Marc Taconet is the Chief of the Statistics and Information Branch, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, and Secretary of the FIRMS partnership. A member of the FAO Rome-based staff since 1987, Mr. Taconet has led the development of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS), played a leading user-community role in several European Union-funded projects, and chaired the iMarine board.


The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community. When feasible, recordings of the lectures are posted here for wider circulation. For the full schedule, visit the Public Lecture page of our website:


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Kim Humes, BPR

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