Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research – A very different Approach to Publishing Agricultural Research

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OKAD_F1000_ResearchOn 28th of June 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to learn more about open publishing of agricultural knowledge and  research.

This webinar will cover how the novel approaches taken by the publication venue Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) and the publishing platform it is hosted on, F1000Research, are addressing these issues. OKAD publishes academic articles, posters and slide presentations involving open knowledge projects within all areas of agriculture, nutrition and agro-biodiversity.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research.

For more information regarding how to join and the required system specifications, please visit http://aims.fao.org/node/119009.… Click to read the full post

EURAGRI: The EURopean AGricultural Research Initiative

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euragri_logoThe European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI) is a European platform for the political and executive organizations in the fields of Food and Agricultural Policy and Research. By providing a forum for informal exchange on opinions and views on developments in science, society and industry, thus facilitating the design, implementation and planning of agri-food research, EURAGRI plays a key role in agricultural research at an EU level. From an organizational point of view, EURAGRI consists of representatives of Ministries of Agriculture and Research in various EU countries, a fact that allows EURAGRI to be in the position to advocate and work at a high level, involving EU countries as members and have an impact on the directions of agri-food research at national and EU level.… Click to read the full post

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

agINFRA: the successful end of a project & the vision for an EU agri-food research hub

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agINFRA_logoFollowing the successful path of our previous ICT-PSP projects Natural Europe and Organic.Lingua, our flagship agINFRA project received excellent remarks during its final review meeting for its overall outcomes and is now successfully over with a green card – that’s three-in-a-row! The consolidated report, sent by the Project Officer Darko Karacic and circulated among the consortium by the project’s coordinator Prof. Miguel-Angel Sicilia was received a couple of days ago and put a smile to our faces 🙂

Indeed, by February 2015, the agINFRA project came to its end. The project, which started in October 2011, was a 3-year research project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 Programme).… Click to read the full post

Capacity building for agricultural innovation: the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP)

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What would come to your mind if you first heard about a “TAPipedia”? Something similar to Wikipedia? An encyclopaedia on topics related to the TAP acronym? A toy children that makes a ” tap tap” noise?

What can a tag cloud tell us about TAPipedia?

What can a tag cloud tell us about TAPipedia?

Well, you may not worry about this, but the agricultural ministers of the G20 countries will soon worry about what TAPipedia means. The reason is that, a couple of years ago that they first met as part of the G20 assemblies, it was agreed that action will be taken to support, facilitate and spur agricultural innovation in the tropical countries (that is, countries from all sides of the world like Costa Rica, Panama, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zambia).… Click to read the full post

Revamping the GFAR Website: The contribution of Agro-Know

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GFAR logoIt was November of the previous year when Agro-Know responded to GFAR’s call on revamping the global forum’s website. Since then, a new collaboration started after Agro-Know was awarded a contract with GFAR for this purpose so our company deployed its consultation services in order for GFAR to rebuild the architecture of its main communicational tool. In this direction, we have been working on the reshaping of the information gateway by suggesting readjustments to the repositories, which will enhance the exploitation – exploration of the data by the users and therefore elevate their use at its full potential.

In order to achieve the above and decide what needs to be changed, as a first step we analyzed the existing website by highlighting its strong and weak points.… 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

Practical considerations on the Open Access & Data Management Policy of CGIAR

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CGIARCGIAR (ex- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a large network of 15 agricultural research centers located all over the world, which generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The amount of research outcomes produced by the researchers of these centers is huge; still, there was no concrete plan for facilitating access to these outcomes nor any hint of opening up access to them until 2012 when the CGIAR Consortium approved the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets. It was obvious that the CGIAR Consortium had the intention to make all of its data and research outputs open and harvestable and in this context, these principles were approved and adopted in March 2012.… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agro-Know: Fabrizio Celli (FAO)

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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