Building the new European e-infrastructure: Your opinion matters!

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We have been following the updates and ongoing joint work (and plans for the future) of the major European networks in developing the European Open Science Cloud; it is a really ambitious effort that aims at providing all the necessary cloud, grid and other types of services to researchers in any discipline and research field so that they become more easily accessible and useful to their expected end users – the researchers. This process exhibits a high level of complexity, as it involves different types of stakeholders while it also needs to take into consideration the differences in the requirements of research communities activated in different contexts/domains.… Click to read the full post

Everything about the H2020 Info Week on food security calls

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UPDATE 23/11/2015: Some of the events mentioned below have been cancelled/rescheduled due to the current situation in Brussels. Check the corresponding websites for more information about the status of each event.

On the week 24-27 of November 2015, Brussels will host the info week for the new Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and maritime inland water research and bio-economy.

Babis, Vassilis and Thodoris will be there to demonstrate the thematic aggregator in agri-food sector (agINFRA), Coordination Action Big Data Europe and the agINFRA Open Access recommendations for all the new proposals.… Click to read the full post

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

Introducing the Greek Vitis initiative

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With many majors initiatives taking place all around the world, like the GODAN initiative (more information can be found here) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and with Agro-Know being an important member actively supporting and contributing to many of these initiatives, as in the case of many of the RDA groups and their data interoperability activities, it is time for a Greek initiative that will particularly focus on one of the oldest crops in the world, the grapevine, and thus the domain of viticulture. In collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens, we are launching an effort that will try to create an online map of research and innovation of relevant topics, the -as we call it- Vitis initiative!… 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

SemaGrow and the business case of Agro-Know

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SemaGrowSemaGrow is a European three-years FP7 project with the objective to discover possibilities to handle big data in agriculture. The SemaGrow consortium seeks to develop techniques for distributed Web queries, data and metadata mapping as well as methodologies for scaling up to extremely large data volumes and real time performances. The project outcomes will help innovative SMEs like Agro-Know and other organizations consuming (e.g. organizing, processing, visualizing) agricultural data to have better access to a very large volume of data and develop sustainable services and tools using this data to offer them to the community. This will improve decision making of agricultural researchers, information officers, researchers and educators by providing them access to timely and accurate information/data.… Click to read the full post

Short report on the CLORA thematic day on Open Access to Research Data

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CLORA network logoOn March 24th 2015, in Brussels, the CLORA network organized a thematic day on “Open Access to research data” and as you no doubt have guessed, Agro-Know was there, together with more than 40 participants from different French institutions and universities.

Representing the Big Data Europe H2020 project together with our colleague Phil Archer, we had our very own 45 minutes of the audience’s absolute attention, with the presentation “Big Data Europe: Understanding the requirements of the agri-food community“.

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Phil presented in a clear way what the Big Data Europe project in general is all about, and then Effie took the stand in order to explain and help the audience understand which are the difficulties that research project managers and knowledge managers encounter when working in EU-funded projects in terms of Open Access and research outcomes, specifically in the agri-food community.… Click to read the full post

New proposals & new projects – an update from the Agro-Know PM team

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What a busy period that was. Over the past days we submitted new project proposals, we started working on new projects and we got great news from evaluation results from our past proposals! But let’s take it one by one.

Over the past period we were quite busy working on some new H2020 proposals. Actually, the PM (Project Management) team, under Nikos Manouselis lead, moved to the secondary offices, our Proposal War Room, where we worked all together preparing two very different proposals.

Firstly, we were invited to join a MARIE Skłodowska-Curie Action, in an Innovative Training Network for the call of 2015 under the coordination of Aston University and our close friend Christopher Brewster (@cbrewster).… Click to read the full post

Stakeholder consultation on CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework

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CGIARThe CGIAR Funders Forum and Fund Council discussed a draft version of a new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for CGIAR in Brussels on November 4-5, 2014 and agreed on next steps to its completion, which will include a broad stakeholder consultation jointly organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium (as part of GCARD3) that provides stakeholders and partners both inside and outside CGIAR with two opportunities to provide inputs and feedback, highlighted in these 2 steps:

Step 1: CGIAR SRF Stakeholder consultation: November through December 2014

Step 2: CGIAR Stakeholder consultation on final draft SRF (released in late January, 2015 – ahead of a final version to be approved in April-May 2015)

In this context, everyone is invited to provide feedback on the ongoing Step 1 activities, by commenting on the existing principles or using any of the means provided in the Consultation page of the CGIAR website (e.g.… Click to read the full post

Domain-specific recommendations on the Horizon 2020 Open Access Mandate

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It is common knowledge for everyone involved in Open Access that there has been a lot of work lately from various initiatives, organizations and individuals, in the form of consultancies, white papers, publications and presentation of updates and outcomes in several Conferences, towards the promotion and further application of open access policies in several cases. One important aspect is that the funders of the research seem to be really concerned about the limited availability of research outcomes that have been based on their funds so they decide, one after the other, to ensure that research outcomes funded by their own grants will be openly and freely available to everyone and not restricted by the policies and agreements imposed by commercial publishers of this work.… Click to read the full post