Pilot Projects - Global Record
During the concept development phase of the Global Record Project and in preparation for the Technical Consultation, it will be important to test ideas and theories so that the experiential learning can be passed on to the ultimate decision-makers-the FAO member States.
One of the most important areas for experiential learning will be in identifying the structure of an appropriate technical solution (database and information transfer protocols). Idealy the Project Team will have the opportunity to either find or develop a prototype sytem so that data exchange and display functions can be tested.
With this in mind, and to the extent that funding will permit, the Project Team has identified several potential pilot project partners and will bring them together to test the basic operation of a functioning Global Record. The types of partners needed to advance a pilot project include:
This trial phase is constrained by a lack of funding but nevertheless, basic trials will be undertaken. While FAO is receiving considerable commitment from its pilot project partners, their commitment to this phase in no way indicates any long term commitment or obligation. The lessons learned during the trial phase will be valuable in assessing the potential for long-term partnership, however, all decisions relating to the future operation and management of the Global Record will be made by the FAO member-States at the Technical Consultation.
With regard to the long-term hosting of the Global Record, a number of options are being considered and the Project Team will present assessments on each to the Technical Consultation. The options under consideration include:
As this project progresses, a detailed set of user requirements documents will be developed (subject to available funding) in support of each option, including cost estimates, so that the delegates at the Technical Consultation will have available to them the full implications of what ever decision they reach.