RECOSCIX–WIO: Providing Scientific Information to Marine Scientists in the Western Indian Ocean Region


  • L. Egghe Limburgs Universitair Centrum
  • P. Pissierssens Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission


This paper describes the project RECOSCIX–WIO (Regional Cooperation in Scientific Information Exchange in the Western Indian Ocean Region). Details are given on the project’s history, operational structure, and communication facilities, as well as its comprehensive range of services and products (query handling, document delivery, WIODIR, WIOLIB, WINDOW, WIOCURRENT). The paper provides information on the next phase of the project (1996–99), which includes the services and products of the previous phase but also adds development of a WWW server and CD–ROM products. The paper highlights the substantial collaboration with other projects and programmes which facilitates its sustainability beyond 1999.

Author Biographies

L. Egghe, Limburgs Universitair Centrum

L. Egghe is Chief Librarian, Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC) and Professor, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen (UIA)

P. Pissierssens, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

P. Pissierssens is Program Specialist, Marine Information Management, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC–UNESCO)