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Search Technologies Assists the United Nations in Building a New Scientific Portal
Search Technologies, the leading IT services firm specializing in the design and implementation of enterprise search and search-enabled big data applications, announced today that it has been working with the Bonn-based United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification since January 2014, to build a new public portal.
There are many sustainable land management practices available at the international and regional levels. However, there are still limited mechanisms made available to enable people to access this knowledge through a central platform.
The Scientific Knowledge Brokering Portal (SKBP) Pilot, “the Pilot,” will bridge existing knowledge repositories on land degradation, and create a shared resource to promote positive sustainable land management practices. The Pilot will provides access to six databases, both from within the UN and from other authoritative sources on desertification and land degradation neutrality.
Longer term, it is expected to index content from many other databases. The Pilot will be presented at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s biannual conference, known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) in fall 2015. At the COP, country delegates representing 195 countries will convene to make many decisions, including a decision as to how the Pilot will be further developed.
Rita M. Benitez, Knowledge Management Officer at the UNCCD says, “Search plays a pivotal role in ensuring that scientific knowledge and best practices are easily shared. Delivering relevant search results, while providing search navigation options related to geography, language, and causes of land degradation, are key focus points for our project.”