Reporting on the Workshop on EU’s Open Science Cloud: the agri-food use case

AGINFRA as a global atlas of agri-food research

On November 13th, 2015, a community workshop on the Open Science Cloud titled “Shaping the Open Science Cloud of the Future” took place in Bari, Italy, as a part of the EGI Community Forum 2015. Agro-Know was invited as a data-powered SME in order to contribute its experience on the data- and e-infra-related needs of the agri-food research community – other communities were represented as well, including bioinformatics, cancer research and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), among others.

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This provided us with excellent opportunity to present how three different user types could benefit from the envisaged Ope Science Cloud – based on our actual experience in all three cases:

Back to the 90’s and the available data storage solutions

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Open Access & Text Mining: Moving Things Forward

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Text mining refers to “the process or practice of examining large collections of written resources in order to generate new information” (source). I am not an expert in text mining, but I understand that it is about applying specialized software/algorithms/techniques on existing textual information so that it can be read and analyzed by machines in order for them to extract more meaningful information for us, humans. Of course, text mining is no news to the research community, as it seems that it all started back in the ’80s with a methodology titled CAVE (Content Analysis of Verbatim Explanations) but its background goes beyond the scope of this article.… Click to read the full post

An Open Science Cloud for Europe’s agri-food research skies

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During these strange, troubling times, Europe seems to be trying to make some steps towards closer collaboration and integration. The strategy for creating a Digital Single Market is one of these desired steps that will try to bring together the 28 member states at the online space. And as far European research is concerned, a major decision has been taken during the past few weeks by some of the key stakeholders that drive the digital science (or eScience) agenda: to join forces and create a so-called European Open Science Cloud for Research.

Five leading Europan initiatives (EUDATLIBEROpenAIREEGI and GEANT) that are working on different parts of e-infrastructures to facilitate research, have published a position paper that describes their joint vision on empowering research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in Europe for the benefit of innovation and growth.… Click to read the full post

Why Open Access matters for researchers

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Why Open Access matters for researchers? That was the focal question to be replied in the yesterday’s Open Access seminar “Preparing new researchers for the Open Science” that was organized by the National Documentation Center in the context of Open Access Week 2015. It was an introductive seminar for researchers aiming to discuss about practices and policies on Open Access and Open Science. Additionally, it provided an introduction on the matters of open access publishing, self-archiving in institutional repositories, data management, and about the really challenging issue of copyrights and licensing.

The presentations and the discussion focused mostly on the above issues:

  • What are the benefits of Open Access publishing?
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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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Everything you need to know about the Open Access Week

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This week (October 19 – 25, 2015) is the Open Access Week, an event that celebrates its 8th year and we have every reason to celebrate, too!

Agro-Know is a long-time Open Access advocate, and this is validated through our work in various instances, such as the management and support of the FAO AGRIS network through our AKstem, in projects such as the FP7 agINFRA and the most recent Horizon 2020 OpenMinTeD, as well as through our contributions to the VOA3R ICT-PSP project under the umbrella of the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) – just to name a few.… Click to read the full post

Fighting hunger with big data: doing it the CGIAR way

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Get ready for some serious numbers – by 2030, the CGIAR wants its action to result in 150 million fewer hungry people, 100 million fewer poor people – at least 50% of whom are women, and 190 million ha less degraded land. They have mobilised a tremendous amount of money from their donors to achieve it. And they are now designing the way in which they will make it happen.

Taking a closer look to their recently published progress of work, I was intrigued by two things:

  • They follow a truly transparent process, since they have published quite elaborate and detailed pre-proposals that are still under evaluation.
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AgNIC Annual Meeting 2015: Updates on PubAg and AgData Commons

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The Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC – scroll at the end of this post for more info) organizes a meeting on an annual basis. In this context, the 2015 AgNIC Conference took place between May 6-7, 2015 at Beltsville, Maryland and it marked the 20th year of this series of Conferences.

The 2015 Conference included participation from some really active stakeholders in the field of agricultural information management, such as Stan Kosecki (Acting NAL Director), Dr. Simon Liu (Associate Administrator, USDA Ag Research Service and former NAL Director as well as one of the persons involved in the development of the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS)), as well as Dr.Click to read the full post

We have our privileged 5 beta testers of our new AKstem service!

Be careful. Beta testers ahead. Playing with their new AKstem-powered micro-sites (http://blog.agroknow.com/?p=3936).

The time has come to announce our 5 micro-sites beta testers!

In first place we would like to thank all the AGRIS Centers that participated in the context and warmly embraced our new service! It has been really difficult to choose between all of these great contestants, but unfortunately only five institutions could be our beta testers.

In order to select fairly our beta testers, we decided to set two main criteria: a) metadata completeness and b) the geographical distribution. Regarding the first one, we tried to select those collections that provide rich bibliographic information with high quality metadata. At the same time, we aimed at a variety of geographical coverage; therefore, we have beta testers from different regions around the world!… Click to read the full post

Using DSpace for Agricultural Knowledge Sharing: An Interview with Alan Orth

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A couple of weeks ago, the AIMS team organized a really interested webinar in the Webinars@AIMS series: it was titled Maximizing the impact of institutional knowledge using DSpace and it was delivered by Alan Orth, Linux systems administrator at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), one of the fifteen (15) CGIAR Centers. However, Alan’s role is not limited to technically support the research computing platform; he also manages CGSpace, Alan_Ortha customized DSpace instance that acts as the institutional repository not only for the research publications of ILRI but also for many other CGIAR research institutions and their partners.… Click to read the full post