|7th Workshop on Exploitation and Utilization of Information
Resources in Asia-Pacific Region|
May 6-20, 1997. ISTIC, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Executive Summary Report
In connection with 7th Workshop on Exploitation and Utilization of Information Resources in Asia-Pacific Region organised by the Institute of Scientific & Technical Information of China (ISTIC), Beijing, People's Republic of China at ISTIC during May 6-20, 1997, I have visited Beijing. The tour program is given at Annexure - A.
ISTIC founded in October 1956, is a comprehensive scientific and technical information service institution for the development of national economy and science & technology, directly under the leadership of the State Science and Technology Commission (SSTC) of China. ISTIC is one of member countries of ASTINFO/Unesco.
ISTIC adapts itself to the market economy by vigorously developing the information service, opening up information market, so as to increase its capacity of self-development. Now, the budget of ISTIC, about 50% come from the government, and 50% from its information service. ISTIC business can be divided into four major fields, i.e.,
ISTIC's Computer network construction includes International online retrieval network, domestic online retrieval network, Internet B-class node, SSTCC/ISTIC local area network, China S&T network management sub-centre, China Information Network.
The objectives of the said workshop are as follows:
The workshop was attended by 23 participants from 8 countries, i.e., India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The list of participants is given in Annexure - B.
The workshop was inaugurated on May 6, 1997 at 09:00 Hrs at China Informart International Information Release Hall, ISTIC and followed by a small banquet hosted by the Department of International S & T Cooperation, State Science and Technology Commission of China (SSTCC) and ISTIC. There was a visit to ISTIC in the afternoon. The details of visit to ISTIC are given in Annexure - C.
The workshop has 7 lectures from Chinese officials and 18 lectures from the participants from the Asia-Pacific Region in which I have delivered a lecture on Information Market Scenario in India, which was highly appreciated by the participants & the organisers. The program is given in Annexure - D and the details of the technical sessions are given in Annexure - E. There were visits to the China Patent Office and the National Library. There were two industrial visits to a Floppy Disk Manufacturing Unit (M/s Zhongzing Electronics Co Ltd) and a Glass Factory (M/s Yaohua Glass Group Company) at Qin Huang Dao City (a rising industrial port city).
The workshop was concluded on May 20, 1997 at 09:00 Hrs at China Informart International Information Release Hall, ISTIC and followed by a Banquet hosted by the State Science and Technology Commission of China (SSTCC) and ISTIC in the evening.
© Vimal Kumar Varun, New Delhi. INDIA
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