The Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC – scroll at the end of this post for more info) organizes a meeting on an annual basis. In this context, the 2015 AgNIC Conference took place between May 6-7, 2015 at Beltsville, Maryland and it marked the 20th year of this series of Conferences.
The 2015 Conference included participation from some really active stakeholders in the field of agricultural information management, such as Stan Kosecki (Acting NAL Director), Dr. Simon Liu (Associate Administrator, USDA Ag Research Service and former NAL Director as well as one of the persons involved in the development of the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS)), as well as Dr.… Click to read the full post
In July 2014, I visited Washington DC for a Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) meeting at the World Bank headquarters. I could spend a whole week at the United States so I took the opportunity in order to organise some further meetings in order to explore synergies and collaborations in the context of our SemaGrow project activities. I was trying to understand better the data problems and needs that organisations like the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have, when they are trying to put together large amounts of heterogeneous information in order to help their researchers do their job.… Click to read the full post
It has been quite a long time since we last had the pleasure to interview any of our special friends for the Agro-Know blog, following up on the “Friends of Agro-Know” series which includes interviews of people with whom we have discussed and usually collaborated. This time, we were delighted to receive the responses to our questions from Melanie Gardner, one of the most active persons behind the National Agricultural Library of the US Department of Agriculture. Melanie was kind enough to accept our invitation and to provide us with her feedback on our questions, which you may find below.… Click to read the full post