Agroknow at the Global Water Pathogens Project (GWPP) Protists meeting in Paris

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GWPP_logoSo I just came back from another Global Water Pathogens Project (GWPP) meeting in Paris, which was held in the UNESCO headquarters, very close to the Eiffel Tower this Sunday. I’ve been familiar with GWPP since my first day in Agro-Know, as at that time we were going to host the very first Editorial meeting of the project in our company. And I was lucky enough to get involved in it immediately afterwards.

If you’re not already familiar with GWPP, feel free to visit its online hub or -even better- its People section. There, you can witness this complete and ever-growing list of researchers around the world, all dedicated to one inspiring mission: to empower this online hub with the latest scientific information on Water Pathogens.… Click to read the full post

Horizon 2020 SIEGRUD on Social Innovations

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Agro-Know is part of the consortium that submitted on June 11th, 2015, a proposal called “SIEGRUD: Social Innovations and Enhanced Governance for Rural Development“, in response to H2020 Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy/ISIB-3-2015/Topic: Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation.

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SIEGRUD will provide decision makers in the public and private sectors of the rural economy with sophisticated diagnostic tools, manuals, and a set of alternative strategic and policy options to explain, evaluate and enable the development of social innovations (SIs) in agriculture, forestry, and rural development, in order to achieve smart, innovative and inclusive growth.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: Developing a Model of European-Wide Learning Mobility in VET

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The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a powerful tool of the strategic framework for European cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) for increasing cross-border cooperation in education and training. ECVET aims to lead to portable qualifications and transferable learning outcomes, thereby making learning mobility and lifelong learning a reality for young and adult learners.

EU Member States have started implementing ECVET, as CEDEFOPʼs (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 monitoring reports show. However, there has been a widespread feeling among ECVET working groups and officials in charge of ECVET in Member States that common guidelines are needed to support the strategy formulation and peer learning.… Click to read the full post

Text and data mining (TDM) in agri-food research

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A wealth of published research outcomes is currently publicly available (mostly thanks to the really active Open Access initiatives and mandates that keep finding ways to open up even more research data); however, at the same time, researchers are still facing a challenge when seeking for specific elements of a research publication that would support their own research, such as an image, a diagram or a dataset related to a specific topic, such as crop disease, within the scientific literature. Indeed, such components are currently embedded in various types of publications and cannot be identified, described and retrieved as individual entities.… Click to read the full post

Digital cultural heritage: a resource for research in the humanities – and beyond?

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You may have heard about Europeana, one of the largest endeavours around the world (as is the Digital Public Library of America) to make the rich and diverse cultural heritage of European countries available online. Working for more than 6 years with this goal (from the times of the European Digital Library Network project), the Europeana Foundation (hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands at the Hague) has managed to work with a very large network of museums, libraries and archives around Europe to make almost 40 million digital cultural artifacts discoverable and accessible through the Europeana.eu portal.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: 4th Project Meeting

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The 4th meeting of the ECVET-STEP project took place between 3-5 of June 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia (CAFS), one of the consortium members.

During the meeting, the project partners had the opportunity to discuss about the progress of the ongoing tasks and the successful completion of the past one. During this period, the project is focusing on the implementation of the online services as well as the design of pilot testings that will encourage the participation of potential end users that will make use of the project’s outcomes. At the same time, dissemination, exploitation and project management activities are ongoing throughout the lifetime of the project.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: Strengthening Training to Employment Pathways in Agriculture

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ECVET-STEP_logoECVET-STEP is a project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The project’s mission is to support European citizens and industry to “take the ECVET STEP”: adopt and use ECVET through a step-wise, quality-controlled framework and online services for building knowledge-based employment for the 21st century and beyond.

For those not familiar with the concept, ECVET is the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training, which aims to:

  • make it easier for people to get validation and recognition of work-related skills and knowledge acquired in different systems and countries – so that they can count towards vocational qualifications;
  • make it more attractive to move between different countries and learning environments;
  • increase the compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and the qualifications they offer;
  • increase the employability of VET graduates and the confidence of employers that each VET qualification requires specific skills and knowledge.
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The GODAN Discussion Paper is now available

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GODAN Discussion PaperThe Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative has published a Discussion Paper titled “How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?”

The Discussion Paper provides basic information on open data and the impact that open data have in different contexts, such as enabling more informed and effective decision making, creating innovation and promoting transparency that transforms the way organisations work for the better.

The Discussion Paper includes a number of use cases in which the use of open agri-food data has made an impact and improved the lives of million and aims to provide the mean for engaging agriculture and nutrition data-powered communities in discussions that will facilitate the sharing of data between data producers and consumers.… Click to read the full post

On the Grey Literature Day & the Pisa Declaration

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Grey Literature Day is annually commemorated on May 16th. This is a day on which the International Grey Literature Community “seeks to manifest its presence and responsibility for a wealth of diverse document types both in print and electronic formats that may appear less visible but are often the basis for research and development for science and the public good. Grey Literature Day is celebrated by multiple stakeholders responsible for both the supply and demand sides of these valued assets” (quote from the GreyLit Network Announcement).

Grey Literature Day likewise celebrates the signing of the “Pisa Declaration on Policy Development for Grey Literature Resources” which was published on May 16, 2014 and is currently translated into more than 15 languages worldwide.… Click to read the full post

Openness and e-infrastructures for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

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On May 13th 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Unit of the European Commission responsible for e-infrastructures, organised a workshop on the way European e-infrastructures may support the activities of EFSA. The meeting followed up a series of initial discussions and brainstorming between EFSA and various EC Units on how data-related activities and open policies may be aligned so that synergies may be found. It also came at an important turning point for EFSA that is working on becoming an open science organisation: the Open EFSA initiative has already made available a position paper for public consultation; it has organised a workshop with its key stakeholders; and it has a preliminary implementation plan in place.… Click to read the full post