Why Open Access matters for researchers

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Why Open Access matters for researchers? That was the focal question to be replied in the yesterday’s Open Access seminar “Preparing new researchers for the Open Science” that was organized by the National Documentation Center in the context of Open Access Week 2015. It was an introductive seminar for researchers aiming to discuss about practices and policies on Open Access and Open Science. Additionally, it provided an introduction on the matters of open access publishing, self-archiving in institutional repositories, data management, and about the really challenging issue of copyrights and licensing.

The presentations and the discussion focused mostly on the above issues:

  • What are the benefits of Open Access publishing?
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Short report on the CLORA thematic day on Open Access to Research Data


CLORA network logoOn March 24th 2015, in Brussels, the CLORA network organized a thematic day on “Open Access to research data” and as you no doubt have guessed, Agro-Know was there, together with more than 40 participants from different French institutions and universities.

Representing the Big Data Europe H2020 project together with our colleague Phil Archer, we had our very own 45 minutes of the audience’s absolute attention, with the presentation “Big Data Europe: Understanding the requirements of the agri-food community“.


Phil presented in a clear way what the Big Data Europe project in general is all about, and then Effie took the stand in order to explain and help the audience understand which are the difficulties that research project managers and knowledge managers encounter when working in EU-funded projects in terms of Open Access and research outcomes, specifically in the agri-food community.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know at Net Futures 2015


NetFutures2015_logoNet Futures 2015 is an event organized by the European Commission between 25-26 of March 2015 at Brussels, Belgium. The event aims to maximize the competitiveness of the European technology industry by creating an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people in:

  • Research & Innovation;
  • Market Validation & Living Lab Research;
  • Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy;
  • Policy Making

The event is expected to attract more than 700 participants,  both from the public and the private sector, as well as from the European Commission.

Our Project Manager Andreas Drakos will be attending the event and will present the concept of the Organic-AgriWare project, one of the latest EU-funded projects that Agro-Know participates in.… Click to read the full post

The Agro-Know Project Management Department at a Glance


Since 2008, Agro-Know has been directly involved in about eighteen (18) EU-funded projects related to the management of agricultural information, in the context of which it has worked on solving data interoperability problems and developing data products. In this context, it has collaborated with European leaders in agricultural research such as the Wageningen UR (Netherlands), the French Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), the International Center for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS, Denmark), and the Council for Agricultural Research (Italy). Agro-Know has also received consultancy and implementation contracts from organisations such as the University of Alcala (Spain), Michigan State University (USA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA, Jordan).… Click to read the full post

IMMANA funds agriculture for improved nutrition & health: Open access/data requirements


IMMANA_logoAndTextThe Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) is coordinating a new research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), called Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA).

The aim of IMMANA is “to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population projected to hit nine billion by 2050 in a way that is both healthy and sustainable“. In order to achieve this, IMMANA is working on four different but closely related activities:

1) Develop scientific evidence to inform effective policies and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health;

2) Engage with the research community to stimulate development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics;

3) Train young researchers in developing and applying cutting-edge methods;

4) Strengthen international interdisciplinary research collaborations for evidence-based policy making and programme design.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Presenting Problem/Solution Fit

On Friday, May 24th, the three teams of the Lean AKademy, presented in front of all the AK team, their outcomes of the first Lean AKademy phase! The results of the work that lasted for almost two months, from mid-March to mid-May, were presented to the rest of the AK team that had the opportunity to ask questions on the findings of our teams. More specifically, Effie & Nikos presented their idea on “Information Sharing, Exchange and Discoverability of Content by Food Safety Providers”, Elena & Thodoris presented their idea on “Supporting Multilingual Discovery Services and Visualizations on Research Data” and Babis & Stavros presented their work on “Training the Trainers on Food Safety of Agricultural Products”.… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agro-Know: Paulo Alonso Gaona Garcia

Paulo presenting the outcomes of his research in AK

Paulo Gaona is a researcher from Bogota, Colombia, who is currently working on his PhD thesis which is is in progress at University of Alcalá, Spain. In the context of an interesting (and fruitful, in my opinion) collaboration, Paulo spent the last three months in Greece (most of them in the AK office) and soon became a part of the AK team! He was always kind and ready to share some interesting stories with us; it was nice for us to have Paulo in the office and there have already been plans for potential next meetings. To me, it was an amazing fact that a researcher from Colombia managed to get to Greece in order to complete a part of his work; this would have never happened if there were not strong links between the IERU (Information Engineering Research Unit) team and Agro-Know.… Click to read the full post

European Union Delegation on Research Infrastructure to Australia

Few months ago, on the first days of November, I had the chance to visit Australia as part a European Union Delegation on Research Infrastructure representing the agINFRA project. The visit aimed to strengthen the collaboration between EU and Australia, compare different approaches in research infrastructure and establish or extent bilateral contacts and cooperation arrangements between the initiatives on subjects of world-wide interest.

The delegation was composed of representatives from funding authorities, stakeholder organisations and key Research Infrastructure initiatives covering diverse – but related – fields and was led by Octavi Quintana-Trias, the director of European Research Area (DG Research and Innovation, EC), which a pleasure and an honor to meet.… Click to read the full post