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

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

Agro-Know hosts the AGRIS strategy meeting with FAO & CAAS

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Agro-Know is really glad to host the upcoming AGRIS strategy meeting at its offices. The meeting will take place between 9-13 of March 2015 and will include members of the AGRIS Steering Committee (FAO, CAAS and Agro-Know) who will spend the next days working collaboratively on topics that will formulate the next steps of AGRIS. This is expected to include the outcomes of the AGRIS e-Consultation Survey that ran over the previous months and will built on the previous AGRIS meeting that was also hosted by Agro-Know last October, following up the announcement of the new AGRIS Partnership on September 2014.… Click to read the full post

AGRIS Team Meeting in Athens

Well, we had another visit from FAO during the previous week. More specifically, Fabrizio Celli from the FAO AGRIS team was here on October 16th (right after his participation in the SemaGrow 5th project meeting) for one more time in order to exchange our views concerning the next steps of AGRIS Web Service. It was a real pleasure for us!! Various meetings were held with the whole AGRIS Team (old and new members – – Nikos Manolis, me & Giorgos Papoutsis as well as our new colleague in the data team Patrycja Weronika Wosiecka –) during the day and interesting outcomes and action plans for the next months came up.… Click to read the full post