Presenter Profile Series: Assane Fall

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Dr. Assane Fall from the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP), Mauritania. Read below to learn more about one of this year’s #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Assane…

Assane FALL (PHD), is a Marine Information Manager and a Researcher in Socio-Anthropology of Fisheries. He has been working since 2002 at Mauritanian IMROP, which works at the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP). He teaches courses in communication at the Higher Institute of Marine Sciences (ISSM) in Nouadhibou.

I did studies in science and technology of information and communication at the School of Librarian Librarians and Documentalist (EBAD) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and the University of Limoges (France) since 2006. I also have a Master 2 in scientific and technical communication from the University of Grenoble (France) in 2010 and a doctorate in social sciences from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris(2014) entitled: “The Banc d’Arguin National Park: Fisheries, Conservation and Sustainable Development in a Protected Marine and Coastal Area”. The work studies the governance of the Banc d’Arguin National Park (PNBA).

Since 2006, I have been involved in the ODINAFRICA project as Marine Information Manager of Mauritania. I have never participated in the IAMSLIC meetings and I was honored to participate this year to discuss with participants the issues of oceanographic and marine information management. I also wish to share with them the reflection I have made on the contribution of the ODINAFRICA project in the development of oceanographic research by making information available to researchers in West Africa, particularly those of Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries.

Assane will present…

Title: Role of Marine Libraries Developed in the ODINAFRICA: development of oceanographic research in Africa – the case of researchers in Mauritania

Abstract: The ODINAFRICA project participated in training in the management of marine information librarians, the creation of a pan-African network of National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), product development and targeted services for national and regional end users in African countries. Currently, over 40 marine-related institutions in 25 African countries, including Mauritania, have tried to address the challenges faced in access to data and information for coastal management. The NODC of Mauritania was established in 2001 under the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP). The IMROP library has developed several products and services such as ODINAFRICA NODC and project websites, newsletters and brochures, ocean data catalogues (metadata), library catalogues, and directories of experts and institutions. IMROP’s librarians also participated in several training sessions on the management of marine information. In this paper, we first show that the project has strengthened capacity in marine library management and also in the provision of information at the library of IMROP. A questionnaire administered to twenty researchers at IMROP showed us how they used the different services and products available to them through the ODINAFRICA project. We also raise several questions to the end of the project, including the maintenance of the various services and databases.

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