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The text below is archived on the first CD-ROM and was, for several years displayed on the FAO website at — a URL that is now no longer functional. However, any Internet search initiated using the search terms 'GPPIS + Global Plant and Pest Information System + FAO' will produce a sizeable list of web pages containing or referring to the historical information below. Of course, the CD-ROM version contains the definitive 'frozen' version of the description reproduced below.

Global Plant and Pest Information System (GPPIS) 

FAO created the first electronic, interactive, multimedia compendium of plant protection information in 1987. The current Global Plant & Pest Information System (GPPIS), is an Internet/WWW based version of FAO's earlier work. GPPIS is a global implementation and extension of the Pacific Plant Protection Information System (PPPIS) developed by FAO and the South Pacific Commission (SPC). GPPIS replaces PPPIS and fulfills FAO's constitutional mandate in the area of nutrition, food and agriculture, which calls on the Organization to:  

  • promote the common welfare by furthering separate and collective action among its Members; 
  • collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information by serving as a forum through which Members will report to one another; 
  • promote improvement of education and the spread of public knowledge; 
  • conserve natural resources; 
  • promote scientific, technological, social, and economic research; and 
  • provide technical assistance as requested by its Members. 
GPPIS is a learning system as well as a system for learning. It is not a single, one-time, printed product that requires regular reprinting of new editions. Instead, it establishes a set of standard methods and protocols for data collection and maintenance under password-protection. This creates a dynamic framework for collective knowledge processing that can be implemented in a variety of cross-platform environments on the Internet, in local Intranets, and as a stand-alone database on CD-ROM.  

GPPIS data and source code are in the public domain because they are created and maintained by the community of individuals who choose to participate in the evolution of GPPIS. Contributions by sponsors and supporters are voluntary and motivated by the realization that individual action is the best way to motivate others similarly to share their individual expertise.   

GPPIS is inconceivable without the Internet. It is a dynamic, interactive, digital implementation of the traditional approach whereby a group of authors band together to publish a multi-author book. Like journals and books, GPPIS has a Supervisor, who welcomes your comments; editors, referees, and critical readers; and GPPIS uses the same peer review processes employed by refereed journals. However, individual pieces of information are not bought or sold. GPPIS data and source code are in the public domain and not copy righted. The collected sum of information belongs to everybody because the task of providing data and keeping the information current and accurate is distributed globally. Every time an individual GPPIS user contributes his time and knowledge, he gains access to the sum of all similar contributions.   

You are welcome and invited to participate.  

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