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Apr 24 2008

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Convention Center Blogging

Randy, Eero, and Ho SangThursday has been spent at the National Convention Center with most of my time with Eero, Ho Sang, or my keyboard where I have been re-working my presentations. Seems that one presentation needs to be shortened while the other needs expanding.

Earlier this morning I created a sample XML file and emailed Juha (GFIS technical lead in Helsinki) asking him to confirm the RSS feeds will work for the demonstration tomorrow. As soon as I get confirmation the test data is working I will be able to breath a sigh of relief. If not…. well, then perhaps I should go buy some finger puppets this afternoon so that I can something entertaining to do in my alloted time. ;-)

Although everything seems to be in flux, including the schedule and number of presenters, I am sure that things will go fine tomorrow. We are getting a lot of positive feedback about GFIS and people seem receptive to whatever we have to say.

This evening some of the key GFIS partners and potential partners will be going for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant near my hotel. This should be a productive time because it has been my experience that the most useful part of these types of conferences are spent in small social situations. So far, this trip has been no exception.

Randy at the Asian Pacific Foresty ConferenceOn a personal note my cold seems to be getting worse. At least I am not alone, several people at the conference seems to be suffering from the same malady. I guess that is a function of bringing people together from all over the world.

I’m off to fine a pharamcy, recharge the PC, and prepare for dinner. I might blog one more post of the day providing I find some relief from this cold/fever.

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Apr 23 2008

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Wednesday Evening

A quick post before I call it a day and get some much needed rest. It is 9pm in Hanoi and I just finished a meeting with Eero in which we discussed the agenda for Friday. The program remains fluid because some countries/organizations were unable to attend, others have not confirmed their participation, and there may be new people on the agenda. Ho Sang is working on the details and I should know more tomorrow.

My short presentation, such as it is, seems ready. At least ready enough. Now my main concern is in regards to the demonstration on how to become an “information provider partner”. Eero gave me some much needed direction of how he would like the demonstration to given and I will show him a draft by mid-day on Thursday. JIT science delivery! Hopefully I will be on track with my first attempt of the demo.

On a personal note, I am exhausted. Travel and time zone changes are taking their toll. This afternoon/evening I had to take a nap just so I would have enough energy to do a little work before calling it a night. Also, I think I am getting a cold. Blah….. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day!

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Apr 22 2008

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Eero, Ho Sang, and GFIS

Last night I arrived at the hotel, exhausted, around 10:30pm and I was happy to see Eero was online (skype) and learn that he had arrived safely in Hanoi. Since we are both at the same hotel we agreed to met in the lobby for a moment to say hello and talk briefly about the work ahead.

Yesterday Ho Sang was introducing me to many people and during one meeting I was taken aback at how some of the CIFOR folks were questioning the need for more organizations to participation in GFIS. I think the message was how CIFOR was mostly interested in more/new services but it made me think that perhaps the participants of the workshop may be wanting a different message than the one I brought with me.

Today, I hope that Eero and I can do some preliminary work for the GFIS demonstration and presentations. *shrug* we might even have to consider adjusting our message. Guess we had better be on our toes!

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Apr 22 2008

Posted by under Offical Business,Vietnam

United States Forest Service and Vietnam’s Forest Protection Department

USFS and Vietnam FPDOn Tuesday afternoon I was fortunate enough to be present at the signing ceremony of a letter of intent between the United States Forest Service and Vietnam’s Forest Protection Department.

The details of the document, along with the description and significance of this event, are obviously something that should be voiced by the United States Government and not me. However I will say that it was an honor to witness this event and I hope that some of the images and video I took at the ceremony can be used at a later date.


I will update this blog post and link to the official press release regarding this event in the near future.

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