Safe travels, Erik

I want to fly away

Almost 15 years ago, during winter 2001-2002. We were still young graduate students with Pythagoras and Kostas, working late hours at the ASK research unit of ITI-CERTH in Athens. We were spending hours, trying to understand, digest and decompose the IEEE standard on Learning Object Metadata. And every time that we celebrated a small step forward, something better and sexier hit us from this guy: Metadata Principles and Practicalities. A LOM Research Agenda. Electronic Forms Must Die! To get us back in our worm hole to work for many more hours.

I vaguely remember the first time that I met him, in July 2002.… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agroknow: Meet Mohammed Zuhair Al Taie

It has been quite a long time since we established a communication with Mr. Mohammed Zuhair Al Taie about the possibility of him contributing to the Agroknow blog; he would then become the first external author of the blog. Back then the blog was pretty different in terms of content and Mohammed’s post on linked and big data (being domain agnostic) helped us reach a different audience which kept growing post after post. Now his Agroknow posts have also made it into the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project blog as well as in other blogs, shared with a larger audience. So, it was about time that we learned more about the person behind these interesting blog posts!… Click to read the full post

Know Agroknow: Meet Nikos Toumaras

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Coming back to those team members who usually stay outside the spotlight but still go through a learning process through their participation in the Agroknow team; they learn from us and we learn from them! Nikos Toumaras is one of the last persons who decided to do their internship in Agroknow and get some first-hand experience of the competitive market in which Agroknow is activated. Nikos is working closely with the Admin Dept. of Agroknow and gains experience by helping solve real-world issues. Let’s see what Nikos has responded to our questions.

 


You are one of the latest interns to join the Agroknow team.
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Friends of Agro-Know: Meet Dr. Sridhar Gutam

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The Friends of Agro-Know series is a series of interviews with people that Agro-Know has either already worked with, or would like to work with in the future. Dr. Sridhar Gutam falls into the latter category; he is a person really actively involved in the field of open access to research outcomes and data as well as an active contributor to related global initiatives, such as the Agriculture Data Interest Group (IGAD) of the Research Data Alliance and CIARD, among others.

Dr. Gutam was kind enough to accept our request to a short interview for the Agro-Know blog, and you can see his responses right below:

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Who is who in agricultural research?

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We are always very happy to have visitors from collaborating organisations and work together with them on a challenging task. This was the case of Miaoling Chai visit from our strategic AGRIS partner namely Chinese Academy of Sciences. We worked on defining a process for the disambiguation of authors in AGRIS.
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But wait a minute. What exactly is the problem of author disambiguation?

As indicated by analytics of FAO AGRIS, in many cases people are searching for publications using authors’ name. This calls for a search engine that will be able to understand the variations of an author’s name but also to distinguish between authors with similar names.… Click to read the full post

Presentation of ODI Athens and Greek Open Data Trainers

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ODI Athens logoThe Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS/EELLAK in Greek) in the context of its collaboration with the Open Data Institute for the deployment of the ODI Athens node is co-organizing with Epinoo, a structure of the National Technical University of Athens the first open meeting for the official training program of ODI Athens. The meeting will take place today, Monday 27th of July 2015 at 17.00, at the premises of Epinoo (map).

The event will provide the opportunity to the first Greek ODI Athens open data trainers certified by ODI (those who have recently attended the Train the Trainer week-long course at the ODI premises in London) will present the training services that will be available in Greece. … Click to read the full post

Agro-Know Admin Department at a Glance

The Admin (Admin) is one of the four Agro-Know Departments. Since 2009 Admin team in Agro-Know is evolving and growing inside and together with Agro-Know itself. Our fours teams are supporting Agro-Know in all its businesses:

1) Office management. For the last 1.5 years we are having two offices with 25 people working in them full-time or part-time. Office management team is supporting all the logistics, secretary works, provisions of consumables etc. In two words – keeping the everyday work environment and work process smooth and flawless. Athina Makri undertakes all these tasks and many more.

2) Project Management Office. Probably the oldest admin team with its rules, workflows, etc. … Click to read the full post

Goodbye to my Agro-Know family

Almost one month ago I took a very difficult decision of moving out of Agro-Know and pursue my professional career elsewhere. After two years being part of the team, I now believe that I have fulfilled my circle in the company and is time to move on. But throughout the month, I was thinking on how much I would miss the company.

It all started two years ago when on April first 2013 (yes, on the April Fool’s day) I joined the company for the first time. As time was passing, I was more and more connected with the people here, actually living one of our values, being part of a “family”.… Click to read the full post

Visiting the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

The GFSP discovery service demonstrator that we customised for JIFSAN. It looks and feels like the JIFSAN web site and could be integrated into it, while being powered by the GFSP backbone. Only a sample of data has been populated but you can get a feeling yourself: greenlearningnetwork.com/jifsan/
As part of my Washington visit meeting in July’14, I also had the opportunity to meet with one of the great people that we have the pleasure to work with in the context of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).On July 8th, I arranged a visit to the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), to meet in person the Lab Manager Janie Dubois. Janie is one of the people that volunteered to serve as a case study for the analysis that the Knowledge and Learning Systems WG of the GFSP is doing on food safety information related data.
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