Friends of Agro-Know: Meet Dr. Sridhar Gutam

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The Friends of Agro-Know series is a series of interviews with people that Agro-Know has either already worked with, or would like to work with in the future. Dr. Sridhar Gutam falls into the latter category; he is a person really actively involved in the field of open access to research outcomes and data as well as an active contributor to related global initiatives, such as the Agriculture Data Interest Group (IGAD) of the Research Data Alliance and CIARD, among others.

Dr. Gutam was kind enough to accept our request to a short interview for the Agro-Know blog, and you can see his responses right below:

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300 blog posts and counting!

Blue is everywhere

The Agro-Know blog started by the end of 2013, after a discussion I had with Nikos; I have already shared some parts of the story here and we have already celebrated the 100th one (but we missed the 200th in the meantime…). Today we are celebrating the 300th post on the Agro-Know blog!

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Yes, sometime we feel like the Spartans :-)

I am personally proud of the Agro-Know blog, as I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort in setting it up, shaping it, making it look beautiful (in terms of theme and user interface), administering it (backing up everything, moderating posts, installing and updating plugins etc.) but most of all making sure that fresh and interesting content is published on a periodic basis.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know discusses Information & Data Management at the Aephoria.net workshop

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It all started with an invitation….

About one month ago we received a kind invitation from our Aephoria.net, regarding our participation in a training session on Data and Information Management, a domain that Agro-Know knows pretty well and has significant experience in. We were glad to accept the invitation and in the meantime we started planning our participation and contribution to the specific session. Lito Pateraki, our Food Safety Specialist, was the one representing Agro-Know and with contributions from the rest of the Agro-Know team, she started organizing things.

 

A few words about Aephoria.net

Aephoria_logoAephoria.net is a business incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece.… Click to read the full post

Expert consultation on future of Agricultural Knowledge Resource Centres

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CTAA really interesting event is taking place between 17-19 of November 2014: the Expert consultation on future of Agricultural Knowledge Resource Centres in ACP (African Caribbean & Pacific) Regions is organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)located at Wageningen, The Netherlands.

This meeting is organized in the context of CTA’a implementation of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015 to strengthen capacity of ACP institutions in Information, Communication and Knowledge Management, in order to allow (and stimulate) discussions on the future of agricultural knowledge resource centres – the meeting is themed “What can we achieve together?”, making it obvious that the meeting will be based on active discussions and exchange of ideas.… Click to read the full post

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)

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IMARK_logoThe Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is “a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management“. IMARK was established back in 2001, it is lead by UN FAO and coordinated through a Steering Group consisting of thirteen organizations, including the Commonwealth for Learning, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

 

The main objective of IMARK is to improve the overall effectiveness of programmes in agricultural development and food security by enhancing access to information by key stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

SMEs using research e-infrastructures

Following up on the article published few days ago on “Data infrastructures in the service of the agricultural community” I wanted to come back to this issue looking this time from a different perspective, the one of an SME using a research e-infrastructure.

I was trigged for this article through Agro-Know’s participation in the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop that actually takes place today (3rd of October, 2014) in Brussels.The workshop aims to “explore the collaboration opportunities between European Innovation clusters and European research e-infrastructure providers to facilitate access to and use of research e-infrastructures by SMEs“.… Click to read the full post