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Joint OpenASFA - AquaDocs training programme 29th August to 2nd September

19 Aug 2022 14:20 | Sally J. Taylor

The FAO ASFA Secretariat and AquaDocs (IOC-IODE and IAMSLIC) would like to invite you to a joint training programme on the use of OpenASFA and AquaDocs. The training will run from 29th August - 2nd September and cover the basics of using OpenASFA and AquaDoc, as well as Advanced Cataloguing sessions that will help improve the quality of records on both systems. There will be five training sessions, each to last no longer than 2 hours. You are
welcome to register for all five sessions, or only those most relevant to you- there is no obligation to attend all five courses. Should you wish, a short test will be circulated after each training session and certificates given to any participants who pass.

Each session will be held at 13:00 - 15:00 UTC/ GMT. Sessions will be recorded and can be circulated after each session. If you wish to attend, please register using the links below. It is necessary to register for each training session you wish to attend.

The training sessions are open to all, it is not necessary to be familiar with either OpenASFA or AquaDocs, or be a member of ASFA or IAMSLIC.

For any questions, please email:

Monday 29th August - Introduction to OpenASFA
Introduction to AquaDocs and OpenASFA and differences between the two systems. Detailed look at OpenASFA; How to create a Journal Article record on OpenASFA. Training given by: Tamsin Vicary, FAO ASFA Secretariat.

To register:

Tuesday 30th August - Introduction to AquaDocs

Creating a collection and submitting records to AquaDocs repository.
Training given by: Ekaterina Kulakova, VNIRO.

To register:

Wednesday 31st August - Keywords
Purpose of subject, geographic and taxonomic keywords. How to select keywords on OpenASFA and AquaDocs. Training given by Maria Kalentsits (FAO ASFA Secretariat)

To register:

Thursday 1st September - Advanced cataloguing 1
Ensuring records are error free; advanced features for AquaDocs and
OpenASFA (Generator for sub/superscript; duplicating records).
Common mistakes, hints and tips. Training given by Maria Kalentsits (FAO
ASFA Secretariat) and Ekaterina Kulakova, VNIRO).

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Friday 2nd September - Advanced cataloguing 2: Author and Institution names
Importance of entering authors correctly, particular reference to
non-English languages. Training given by Maria Kalentsits (FAO ASFA Secretariat) and Ekaterina Kulakova, VNIRO).

To register:

About AquaDocs
AquaDocs is the joint open access repository of the UNESCO/IOC InternationaI Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) with support from the FAO Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA). It is a thematic repository covering the natural marine, coastal, estuarine /brackish and freshwater environments and includes all aspects of the science, technology, management and conservation of these environments, their organisms and resources, and the economic, sociological, and legal aspects.

About ASFA
Established in 1971, ASFA is an international partnership of over 100 aquatic science, fisheries and aquaculture institutions who each contribute to the ASFA database. AFSA Partner records are freely available to view and search on the OpenASFA search interface: The full ASFA database is available via subscription on the ProQuest platform.

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