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

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

Lessons learned from working with project proposals: Lack of time

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Do you know one thing that doesn’t scale? Your time. 

No matter who you are, no matter how hard you try, we are all given the same number of hours in a day and we need to make sure that we make the best use of them.

If you plan to submit a proposal in one of the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls on Blue Growth, Sustainable Food Security & Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy with a pressing deadline on 11/6/2015 (so in less than one week!), we have been in your shoes and we can more or less describe the case:

  • You are trying to make sure that you have a good idea in your hands, which needs to be described in a way that will persuade the reviewers so that they mark it as eligible for funding (which is your ultimate goal after all);
  • At the same time you need to make sure that you have compiled a great consortium that will not only provide all the necessary documentation for the successful submission of your proposal within the deadline (!), but can prove that it is suitable for completing all envisaged tasks in a high quality and timely manner;
  • You have to keep re-calculating the allocation of the foreseen budget in work packages, tasks and deliverables, taking into consideration the different rates of each partner, each role and the specificities in reimbursing trip expenses (per diem or based on receipts) – and on top of that, include all last-minute revisions from the consortium members;
  • You need to make sure that the text you used in your proposal for describing the impact and other aspects actually reflects what you plan to do in an attractive way;
  • Last but not least, you will need to include the description of a data management plan in your proposal.
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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

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

Organic-AgriWare: An application for the organic agriculture community

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Organic-AgriWare – an application for the organic agriculture community” (2015-2016) is a project co-funded by the SmartAgriFood and ICT-AGRI projects, funded by the European Commission’s ERA-NET scheme under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. The project aims to provide advisors and farmers with context-based access to organic community knowledge powered by the Agro-Know Stem. in association with the project partners ICROFS and SEGES.

The Organic-AgriWare project will have its kick-off meeting on 15/4/2015,  in Athens, Greece, hosted by Agro-Know.

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The problem that the project is about to solve is the difficulty for organic agriculture stakeholders to access the acquired knowledge which is disperse at different online and offline locations.… Click to read the full post

Have you included the mandatory Data Management Plan in you Horizon 2020 proposal on Water, Waste and Low Carbon? (Deadline: 21/4/2015)

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We are sure that those who plan to submit a proposal in one of the Horizon 2020 environment-related calls (the ones related to Water Innovation, Waste & Low Carbon Economy) are aware of the deadline for this call; it is the 21st of April 2015 – so in less than two weeks!

Horizon 2020 logoWe just wanted to highlight the fact that successful proposals will be automatically included in the Open Research Data Pilot of Horizon 2020, so a well-defined Data Management Plan for the project’s research data is mandatory. (For more info, you can check out the European Commission’s Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data (PDF)).… Click to read the full post

The 146th EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) Seminar

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EAAE_logoThe 146th EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) Seminar,  titled “Technology transfer as a driver of innovative entrepreneurship in agriculture and the agri-food industry” will take place between 15 – 16 of July 2015 at Chania, Crete, Greece. This year it is organized by the Agricultural University of Athens and hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh).

The conference focuses on technology transfer enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector and subsequent impact in the supply chain. This may involve either the formal transaction of innovative products and processes or informal exchange of ideas between the aforementioned stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Reflections on the Greek Open Data Day 2015

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Last Saturday Agro-Know joined forces with ODI Athens on a quest to answer the question “Open Data. Why?”. It was a coalition formed as part of the Open Data Day event, hosted at the beautiful building of innovathens. Agro-Know was in charge of organizing and facilitating a participatory lab on open agri-food data, titled “Open Data in the agri-food sector”. The lab was divided into two parts, namely the first one which included speeches on the role of data on agriculture and food by prominent figures of the academic, public and private sector, and the second part during which an interactive round table for the optimal utilization of open data in the agri-food sector was organized.… Click to read the full post