CGIAR (ex- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a large network of 15 agricultural research centers located all over the world, which generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The amount of research outcomes produced by the researchers of these centers is huge; still, there was no concrete plan for facilitating access to these outcomes nor any hint of opening up access to them until 2012 when the CGIAR Consortium approved the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets. It was obvious that the CGIAR Consortium had the intention to make all of its data and research outputs open and harvestable and in this context, these principles were approved and adopted in March 2012.… Click to read the full post
Agro-Know has a long time involvement in Open Access through its participation in related EU-funded projects (such as VOA3R and agINFRA), its participation and contribution in related initiatives and events and more lately through our active involvement in the FAO AGRIS Network (Agro-Know is hosting & responsible for the Data Processing Unit of the traditional AGRIS service) but also through the expertise and experience of each team members (such as agricultural domain experts, information scientists and librarians, software engineers and web developers etc.). In this context, almost five months after the CGIAR presentation, Agro-Know made a contact with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers and it was agreed that Agro-Know would be responsible for the following:
- Provide an overview of the current situation of ICARDA and the Dryland Systems program regarding information available, repositories and related processes and workflows;
- Recommend the optimal approach for ICARDA and Dryland Systems, in terms of technology, skills, processes and responsibilities in the organizations;
- Taking responsibility to prepare the ICARDA and Dryland Systems Open Access Plan, following the Guidelines set out by the CGIAR Consortium.
It is common knowledge for everyone involved in Open Access that there has been a lot of work lately from various initiatives, organizations and individuals, in the form of consultancies, white papers, publications and presentation of updates and outcomes in several Conferences, towards the promotion and further application of open access policies in several cases. One important aspect is that the funders of the research seem to be really concerned about the limited availability of research outcomes that have been based on their funds so they decide, one after the other, to ensure that research outcomes funded by their own grants will be openly and freely available to everyone and not restricted by the policies and agreements imposed by commercial publishers of this work.… Click to read the full post