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

Testing e-services for digital content enrichment at the FREME Hackathon

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The hackathon of the FREME project took place at the premises of the University of Leipzig, Germany between 11 and 12/11/2015. As expected, the hackathon aimed at testing the FREME e-services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The testing was achieved by developing our client side programs, collaborating with each other, discussing and solving our main problems. Agro-Know was there, as one of the project partners and made a presentation about our AKstem product and how it benefits from the outcomes of the FREME project by integrating specific e-services – in fact, Agro-Know is one of the project’s business cases.… Click to read the full post

The Stevia Hellas cooperative & Agro-Know

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The Stevia Hellas Coop is a cooperative of farmers in the region of Fthiotida, based in the town of Lamia (Greece). It is bringing together farmers that are cultivating Stevia as a plant that forms the basis for natural sweetener products that can substitute sugar. Their first product is called La Mia Stevia and is at the final stages of packaging and pilot distribution.

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Agro-Know is working closely farmer cooperatives (like Stevia Hellas Coop and the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service – DAAS) in facilitating access of the farmers to information that they need. For Stevia Hellas Coop, we will investigate how our online service AKstem.com can enhance the Stevia Hellas Coop web site with a micro-site that will offer to farmers a customisable and dynamic view over scientific and market information that are of relevance to stevia (at any stage of its planting, harvesting, processing, packaging and marketing) from credible sources around the world.… Click to read the full post

Food Safety Information Leaders Come Together

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At the District of Columbia (D.C.) lies the capital of the United States of America, the beautiful Washington D.C. And it is there, at the World Bank Group headquarters, where a number of great minds will meet on October 14th, to decide on the next steps for developing an information sharing infrastructure that can help the world scale up food safety capacity building activities.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

As part of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), the international public-private network that the World Bank facilitates, the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (WG) will come together once more to plan ahead on the way that the various components and services of this information infrastructure should be implemented.… Click to read the full post

What happens in Turin stays in Turin? We have a FREME report

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Have you ever used services like Open Calais ? If yes then probably you were amazed by how easy is to automatically extract semantic information directly from the submitted text. If you are not familiar with Open Calais it is a service that extracts events, people, organisations, topics and social tags from unstructured data. I would suggest to try it. A lot of developers and companies are using such services to enrich their content, to improve discovery services, to build recommendations services and to extract analytics from content.

But could such great service work with any open dataset that you have for your domain and not only with a specific and close data?
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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

Agro-Know got funded for Foodakai: an intelligent app to harmonise access to food safety information

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One of the good news of this summer was that Agro-Know, together with EPI Interactive, have been selected for funding from the European Commission in order to develop further the concept of Foodakai: an intelligent online application that aims to help consumers and small food businesses get better and more quickly informed about emerging food risks and relevant food alerts in their area.

Food safety is one of the hottest topics these days; food has become more complex than ever with the addition of ingredients for coloring, flavor, preservation etc.… 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

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