Expert consultation on future of Agricultural Knowledge Resource Centres


CTAA really interesting event is taking place between 17-19 of November 2014: the Expert consultation on future of Agricultural Knowledge Resource Centres in ACP (African Caribbean & Pacific) Regions is organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)located at Wageningen, The Netherlands.

This meeting is organized in the context of CTA’a implementation of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015 to strengthen capacity of ACP institutions in Information, Communication and Knowledge Management, in order to allow (and stimulate) discussions on the future of agricultural knowledge resource centres – the meeting is themed “What can we achieve together?”, making it obvious that the meeting will be based on active discussions and exchange of ideas. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together CTA partners operating at global and regional level to discuss and better understand how the agricultural knowledge resource centres (KRC) will provide their services given the convergence of technologies, services and channels, as well as the dynamic needs of their stakeholders operating within different agricultural themes. The consultation will comprise taking stock of the current trends, the potential solutions offered by new technologies and collective reflection on scenarios for the functioning of agricultural KRC in the future.

What is really interesting about the event (apart from the representation of major agricultural research centers) is the fact that the discussions aim to “address the information and knowledge needs of smallholder agriculture in ACP regions, and, identify specific project ideas that can be jointly developed, for which funds can also jointly be mobilised“. This means that the discussions will aim to serve the knowledge needs of a different audience than the one that such meetings usually focus on (such as researchers and scholars). The three days of the meeting will be dedicated to three different steps, namely Reflect, Innovate, Plan, and the sessions will be mostly interactive, in order to facilitate the flow of discussions and exchange of ideas.


Agro-Know is a company deeply interested in the authoring, organization, sharing and discovery of agricultural information and data and is actively involved in several initiatives and projects that are active in this context: Agro-Know is an active contributor in European and international standardisation initiatives in relation to the agricultural data representation and storage, with involvement in fora such as the Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) of the Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations (FAO) and the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD). It is supporting the open data and models movement, participating and contributing in initiatives such as the Research Data Alliance and its dedicated Agricultural Data Interoperability Interest Group, the World Bank’s Global Food Safety Partnership where it co-chairs the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group and leads the Database Subgroup, as well as the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative (GODAN). Through a strategic partnership with the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and the ARIADNE Foundation, AK is hosting the Data Processing Unit of the traditionalAGRIS service – a global information system collecting and making accessible bibliography on agricultural science and technology. This experience has allowed Agro-Know to provide consultation services related to the implementation of Open Access policies in several cases, including the CGIAR Open Access Implementation Plan for ICARDA and organizations interested in participating in proposals in the context of the Horizon 2020 program, by contributing to the development of agriculture domain-specific recommendations.


In this context, Agro-Know is represented in the meeting by Dr. Charalampos (Babis) Thanopoulos, Customer Relations Manager of Agro-Know and agronomist with a long experience in projects and initiatives related to agricultural information management. Through his participation, Babis will aim to actively support the ongoing discussions and identify the information and knowledge management needs of the communities involved, so that the Agro-Know experience and solutions can be reused and applied for improving the information and knowledge management related issues.

You can follow the discussions taking place during the Consultation meeting by following the dedicated Twitter hashtag #AgriKRC


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