Historic Version of the GPPIS Home Page
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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 http://pppis.fao.org — 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:
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.
web site http://pppis.fao.org/