CAPS projects: An Interview with Panayotis Antoniadis


As mentioned in an earlier post, the European Commission has launched the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovations (CAPS), platforms that aim to combine data of interest to specific communities, such as social media, distributed knowledge as well as data from real environments (Internet of Things) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. To this context, many CAPS projects are activated in various thematic areas, like CAPSELLA where Agroknow is a part of the project consortium. In this post, we are going to learn more about two other CAPS projects (MAZI, NetCommons) through our interview with Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the nonprofit organization… 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

Open Access & MAPs in India: Meet Dr. Satyabrata Maiti


While working on the interview of our friend Dr. Sridhar Gutam, we identified (with his precious help) a person that played a key role in the development of ICAR’s first Open Access journal; an agricultural researcher with a long history and achievements throughout his career. We were curious to learn more about this person, Dr. Satyabrata Maiti, and after an initial communication we have now the honor to publish a short interview on the role of Open Access in agricultural research.

1. Can you please share some info on your education and studies?

I did my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture [B.… Click to read the full post

Who we work with: Meet Laura Meggiolaro


Meggiolaro_LauraWe had the pleasure to meet Laura Meggiolaro back in April 2014, when we both attended the joint CIARD/GODAN Consultation Meeting in Rome. It was there that we were introduced to Land Portal and got to learn more about the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This meeting also provided us with the opportunity to learn more (always through our discussions with Laura) about the work of Land Portal and explore collaboration opportunities – Nikos Manouselis was also there and he quickly identify the potential contributions of Agro-Know in Land Portal.

In the meantime, Agro-Know helped Land Portal with the revamp of its Library Module (you can read more about this work here) and we got to meet Laura again at our offices.… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agro-Know: Meet Dr. Sridhar Gutam


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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Things to know this Monday – The Open Food Network


OpenFoodNetworkSome time ago, we came across the Open Food Network (OFN); an initiative that aims to bring closer food producers, food hubs and other types of stakeholders, aiming to help people connect with local food producers.

We were happy to be able to make a connection with Myriam Bouré from OFN Scandinavia, who accepted our invitation for this short interview; her responses helped us understand more about the network and we hope that they will help you, too!

Could you tell us some things about you? What’s your educational background, interests and current affiliation?

My name is Myriam, I’m French. I studied business administration in ESSEC Business School, and majored in social entrepreneurship in 2007.… Click to read the full post

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


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

Friends of Agro-Know: Fabrizio Celli (FAO)


This time we have the pleasure to interview a long-time friend and collaborator, Fabrizio Celli from UN FAO. Fabrizio is currently one of the most active members of the FAO AGRIS team and the person responsible for ensuring the technical operation of the AGRIS network. Fabrizio is a regular visitor of Agro-Know, mostly for getting in touch with the rest of the team working on the AGRIS operation and development. We took advantage of Fabrizio’s latest visit to the Agro-Know offices some days ago and we asked him for a short interview; an offer that he gladly accepted. You can find Fabrizio’s responses right below!… Click to read the full post

Open Source Seed Initiative: Sharing Seeds Without Borders

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I have to admit that I feel really happy about this specific interview; I was informed about the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) several months ago, when a colleague of mine pointed me to the website of this really special initiative. I personally considered the concept of open source seeds as an obvious need for people who do not want to feel depended on patented seeds and on top of that I made a connection with the open access and open data in agriculture that I have been working on for the last years. However, it seems that openness to me focused on the secondary products of agricultural research activities and I never thought of the possibility of restricted access to plant germplasm and the options of keeping plant genetic material open – I guess I took this for granted (which unfortunately is not always the case, as you will see later on in this post).… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agro-Know: Dr. Guntram Geser


When I got first involved in the agINFRA project, I kept hearing the name of a man called Guntram Geser. As the project was in its initial steps, a lot of work was done in the context of identification of user requirements and analysis of the existing status in several sections, such as the agricultural data sources – and most (if not all) of this work was prepared and delivered by Guntram Geser. Not only I was curious to meet Dr. Geser (and I actually got the opportunity some months later), but I also used his work as a basis for other related deliverables of the agINFRA project, which had to do with the methodology of the data integration as well as the description of the data sources to be integrated in the agINFRA grid- and cloud- based services and the linked agricultural data infrastructure.… Click to read the full post