Developing and testing criteria and indicators for an effective information system in the forest sector
Unprecedented increase in demand for a wider range of forest goods and services has made the management of forests more challenging. The role of information, on almost all aspects of forestry, is of utmost concern. Millions of dollars are being spent for developing and implementing information systems (IS) in forest sector. Mechanism for the evaluation of IS in business organizations itself has not been standardized and when it comes to evaluating IS in forest sector, the task becomes further complex due to the presence of a variety of stakeholders and conflicting interests. This paper, based on field research, attempts to establish criteria and indicators for assessing the effectiveness of an IS in forest sector. Concept of Effectiveness Index of an IS in forest sector has been elaborated upon. The evaluation technique is flexible enough and as the forest organization and stakeholders gain experience with IS, criteria and indicators can be further fine tuned for meeting the objectives.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-09-01
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- The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research and review papers on all aspects of forest policy and science, with an emphasis on issues of transnational significance. It is published four times per year, in March, June, September and December. Theme editions are a regular feature and attract a wide audience.
The IFR is part of The Global Forest Information Service - GFIS
International Forestry Review has a 5-year impact factor of 1.733
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