Webinar@AIMS: Using AGRIS as a portal of choice to access agricultural research and technology information

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On 28th of April 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to access information on agricultural  research and technology.

This Webinar@AIMS will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership in the usage of AGRIS bibliographic data as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the basic fundamentals of AGRIS, overview the AGRIS interface, and how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thembani Malapela, UN FAO’s Knowledge and Information Management Officer.… Click to read the full post

Seven months of a re-vamped FAO AGRIS service: what’s next?

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One of the major things that happened in Agroknow last year, was the introduction of a brand new service for supporting the data processing workflows of FAO’s AGRIS. Following a strategic partnership that was introduced in September 2014 by the teams of FAO, Agroknow and CAAS working together on the first version of AGINFRA, our team took over the AGRIS Data Processing workflow: this practically means being responsible for all tasks related to the communication with the institutions that wish to make their information discoverable through AGRIS.

In May 2015, we announced the launch of a new online platform that would replace the way that communication and request handling took place by that time: the so-called AKstem service.… Click to read the full post

Join our Webinar@AIMS: How AKstem supports the AGRIS network

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)We are happy to announce, thanks to our dearest colleagues from AIMS team Karna and Thembani, the webinar dedicated to our AKStem service and AGRIS Data processing!

The aim of the webinar is to present the new online service desk powered by the AKstem service that facilitates the submission of AGRIS data provider’s collections to AGRIS, providing an improved interaction with AGRIS data processing unit. Additionally, in this webinar we are presenting the ways and methods that AGRIS data providers can contribute their bibliographic information (metadata) to AGRIS. The webinar is addressing to both new and old AGRIS data providers, as it will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding on the new service and its functionalities.… 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

Be among the first ones that will get a free micro-site for their journals!

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A very hot August is almost round the corner, but Agro-Know is in full throttle working on the next release of our AKstem.com product. Our team is working on a service that will automatically set up a customised micro-site for institutions that make their bibliography available through AKstem to channels like FAO’s AGRIS.

We want to provide to agriculture, food and forestry journals with a simple and intuitive way to present their content to interested audiences, helping the process of searching and navigating through the publications.

We do so by setting up a dedicated micro-site that presents access to the publications of a specific journal or publisher.… Click to read the full post

Text and data mining (TDM) in agri-food research

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A wealth of published research outcomes is currently publicly available (mostly thanks to the really active Open Access initiatives and mandates that keep finding ways to open up even more research data); however, at the same time, researchers are still facing a challenge when seeking for specific elements of a research publication that would support their own research, such as an image, a diagram or a dataset related to a specific topic, such as crop disease, within the scientific literature. Indeed, such components are currently embedded in various types of publications and cannot be identified, described and retrieved as individual entities.… Click to read the full post

AGRIS new data service supported by Agro-Know stem is up and running!

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We are happy to announce that AGRIS new content providers service is now up and running. The new online service is supported through the Agro-Know stem service. Our goal is to facilitate the submission of data to AGRIS by content providers and their interaction with AGRIS data processing unit!

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The new online service gives the option at new providers to register using improved registration forms and to AGRIS content providers to submit their data in a more efficient way! As you will see in the main page we provide the following 4 categories:

View the AGRIS network
Contributing bibliographic information
Using AGRIS bibliographic information
Asking questions

The first category presents an overview of the AGRIS network visualized in a map.… Click to read the full post

AGRIS Strategy Meeting Days 2 and 3

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Tuesday 10/03/2015 and Wednesday 11/03/2015  at Agro-Know Offices

Tuesday and Wednesday were two days full of tech discussions. Our AGRIS’ Teams from UN FAO, CAAS and Agro-Know, gathered to share ideas and resolve some issues concerning the AGRIS web platform.

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to what users need from the AGRIS interface. Many users expressed (in AGRIS survey) the desire to keep track of the records they search and retrieve, it is easier to search in an oriented area of personally stored information than to do the process of searching from scratch, every time information is needed to be recalled.… Click to read the full post

Brief report on the outcomes of the AGRIS e-consultation

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The AGRIS e-consultation survey was conducted from November 2014 (that became also the first announcement to our blog) until the 12th of February 2015 with the support of the UN FAO. The AGRIS team wanted to recive the feedback from the AGRIS web portal users in order to get useful information about their real needs and use the results for the further development of AGRIS.

We would really like to thank all the participants of this survey that spent some of their time to evaluate the AGRIS web portal and its services through the short questionnaire. Their answers gave us a really good outcome.… Click to read the full post

AGRIS Strategy Meeting Day One: 09/03/2015

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Today I had the pleasure to finally meet Dr. Sun Wei and Dr. Xiang Guojian, both researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), two very kind personalities and warm people. I also had the chance to get to know better Fabrizio Celli from UN FAO. The purpose of our gathering was to define the scope of our daily meetings  for the rest of the week, to collaborate and join our forces for a common goal which is to evolve the AGRIS Network and create effective services according to our users needs and offer more structured, simplified and professional procedures for AGRIS users and content providers.… Click to read the full post