D. Syed-Ismail1 , M. Akrawy1 , R. Jelinek1 , A. Mayer1
1CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Vienna, Austria
In the age of information, to not have information available to the right people at the right time may bear the risk of failure. Imagine half an hour, an hour, half a day or even a day without the internet – without the wealth of information provided by it. How much business volume would be lost, how many opportunities would not be taken? Running a complex system like the International Monitoring System with its aim to provide high quality data at high rates of data availability, the impact of not having access to the relevant information is equally critical. The daunting task of acquiring information from a multitude of sources, sifting through it, understanding the information in its context to take a decision on storage, structuring, distributing and ultimately even disposing, can only be achieved by acknowledging and recognizing the value of information and information management and the interdisciplinary application of computer sciences, economic principles, library and information sciences, communications and marketing amongst others, towards the common goal of using information as a tool and a means to design, optimize and maintain your system.