The GFSP Open Source Platform for Food Safety Capacity Building: Hands-on session

GFSP_logo

GFSP_logoLast week, we worked together with our GFSP colleagues from the World Bank and CCCET Global to prepare a presentation of the technology platform that we would like to see being set up to support such a large scale network of institutions. We took advantage of a GFSP event titled “Food Safety in Dairy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop – East Africa that took place on November 3rd and 4th, at the Nairobi campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, one of the CGIAR consortium centres). Our aim was to help Amy Evans from the GFSP Secretariat of the World Bank give a talk about the rationale and need for putting such a platform in place.… Click to read the full post

Global Water Pathogen Project: November Newsletter

The Global Water Pathogen Project has just published Issue 1 of its Newsletter (November issue) which you may download from here (PDF). The contents of the newsletter are the following:

 

  • Overview of the project;
  • The Virus team;
  • Project meeting hosted by Agro-Know and
  • Upcoming related Conferences.

Of course we were happy to read the short report from the last project meeting hosted by Agro-Know in our offices between August 29 & September 1, 2014, which gave us the opportunity to meet the project partners and discuss the next steps.

The next issue of the newsletter is expected to provide information on the landing page for the project that Agro-Know is currently (and proudly) working on!… Click to read the full post

Showcasing the impact of Open Data in the agricultural sector

ODWG-meeting
Could we develop showcases that could show to governments the impact of open data? This is exactly what we are trying to do in the Greek Open Data Working Group.
The Open Data Working Group operated in the context The Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) was set up two years ago and aims at proposing to the Greek Government answers about the following questions
  • which are the most useful and critical data from public sector that should be opened
  • which are the main barriers for the dissemination and exploitation of open data by citizens and stakeholders from public and private sector
  • which should be the legal framework for opening the data

 

ODWG-meeting
The main initial outcome of the working group towards that direction is a set of showcases per sector in order to show the social and economical impact of open data.
Click to read the full post

IMMANA funds agriculture for improved nutrition & health: Open access/data requirements

IMMANA_logoAndText

IMMANA_logoAndTextThe Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) is coordinating a new research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), called Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA).

The aim of IMMANA is “to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population projected to hit nine billion by 2050 in a way that is both healthy and sustainable“. In order to achieve this, IMMANA is working on four different but closely related activities:

1) Develop scientific evidence to inform effective policies and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health;

2) Engage with the research community to stimulate development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics;

3) Train young researchers in developing and applying cutting-edge methods;

4) Strengthen international interdisciplinary research collaborations for evidence-based policy making and programme design.… Click to read the full post

CGIAR Open Access mandate: Work in progress in the case of ICARDA

icarda

icardaAgro-Know has a long time involvement in Open Access through its participation in related EU-funded projects (such as VOA3R and agINFRA), its participation and contribution in related initiatives and events and more lately through our active involvement in the FAO AGRIS Network (Agro-Know is hosting & responsible for the Data Processing Unit of the traditional AGRIS service) but also through the expertise and experience of each team members (such as agricultural domain experts, information scientists and librarians, software engineers and web developers etc.). In this context, almost five months after the CGIAR presentation, Agro-Know made a contact with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers and it was agreed that Agro-Know would be responsible for the following:

  • Provide an overview of the current situation of ICARDA and the Dryland Systems program regarding information available, repositories and related processes and workflows;
  • Recommend the optimal approach for ICARDA and Dryland Systems, in terms of technology, skills, processes and responsibilities in the organizations;
  • Taking responsibility to prepare the ICARDA and Dryland Systems Open Access Plan, following the Guidelines set out by the CGIAR Consortium.
Click to read the full post

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)

IMARK_logo

IMARK_logoThe Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is “a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management“. IMARK was established back in 2001, it is lead by UN FAO and coordinated through a Steering Group consisting of thirteen organizations, including the Commonwealth for Learning, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

 

The main objective of IMARK is to improve the overall effectiveness of programmes in agricultural development and food security by enhancing access to information by key stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

AGRIS Team Meeting in Athens

Well, we had another visit from FAO during the previous week. More specifically, Fabrizio Celli from the FAO AGRIS team was here on October 16th (right after his participation in the SemaGrow 5th project meeting) for one more time in order to exchange our views concerning the next steps of AGRIS Web Service. It was a real pleasure for us!! Various meetings were held with the whole AGRIS Team (old and new members – – Nikos Manolis, me & Giorgos Papoutsis as well as our new colleague in the data team Patrycja Weronika Wosiecka –) during the day and interesting outcomes and action plans for the next months came up.… Click to read the full post

SMEs using research e-infrastructures

Following up on the article published few days ago on “Data infrastructures in the service of the agricultural community” I wanted to come back to this issue looking this time from a different perspective, the one of an SME using a research e-infrastructure.

I was trigged for this article through Agro-Know’s participation in the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop that actually takes place today (3rd of October, 2014) in Brussels.The workshop aims to “explore the collaboration opportunities between European Innovation clusters and European research e-infrastructure providers to facilitate access to and use of research e-infrastructures by SMEs“.… Click to read the full post

EU Brazil Cloud Connect: Call for Position Papers

EuBrazilCloudConnect_logo

EuBrazilCloudConnect_logo

 

EUBrazil Cloud Connect is a project funded under the second EU-Brazil coordinated call, under the topic (a) Cloud computing for Science. It aims to create an intercontinental federated e-Infrastructure for scientific usage. This e-Infrastructure will join resources from different frameworks, like private clouds, supercomputing and opportunistic desktop resources to offer the community high level scientific gateways and programming models.

The project has announced a call for position papers aiming at those working on innovative research projects, new business ideas or even those who have interesting results that would like to share with Cloudscape Brazil. The papers should be about 500 words long and refer to success stories related to e-infrastructures, cloud services etc.… Click to read the full post

Public Consultation on ‘Science 2.0’: Science in Transition

openscience

The European Commission Public Consultation on “Science 2.0: Science in transition” is run jointly by DG Research & Innovation and DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and its goal is to better understand the full potential of ‘Science 2.0’ as well the desirability of any possible policy action. The Commission is inviting residents of Europe, organization and public authorities to read the paper and send in their contributions before September 30th, 2014.

The three main objectives of the consultation are:

  1. to assess the degree of awareness amongst the stakeholders of the changing modus operandi,
  2. to assess the perception of the opportunities and challenges, and
  3. to identify possible policy implementations and actions to strengthen the competitiveness of the European science and research system by enabling it to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Science 2.0.
Click to read the full post