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Side Event

Using Technology To Maximize Utility Of Genetic Resources Under Standard Materials Transfer Agreements

Creative Commons

Date and Time
9 October 2007 13:15 - 14:45

Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS WG 5)

Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs) can and should benefit from the low-cost, advanced communication opportunities of modern electronic networks as part and parcel of the standardisation process. And key considerations during the process of standardisation on chosen and excluded options should be documented in a clearly understandable manual to support potential users. This should also include clear identification of cases in which use of the standard MTA is advisable and cases in which it should not be used. This side event will demonstrate the Science Commons MTA suite developed for genetic resources *not* typically covered by the CBD. The Science Commons suite is designed from its roots to exploit the opportunities of the network world and exposes the key terms of MTAs in formats easily accessible to all parties to materials transfer, including the offeror, the research scientist, and the computational search frameworks. This side event will also feature StrainInfo.net, a key element of the materials transfer process - the ability to discover materials on the network and to have the requests for transfer fulfilled. Attendees will have the opportunity to test the Science Commons MTA suite themselves and interact with the key personnel from both Science Commons and StrainInfo.net. Refreshments will be provided.