Building the new web site of GODAN

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As part of our #wesupport activities, Agroknow team worked on a very exciting project during the last three months: the development of the new web site http://www.godan.info/ for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). The new web site goes beyond a mere communication site. It constitutes an information gateway for this very important initiative and at the same time it is a tool that facilitates the collection and management of the information about GODAN partners.
The new web site targets organisations and individuals that are interested in news, resources, datasets and events that are relevant to Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. … Click to read the full post

Webinar@AIMS: Using AGRIS as a portal of choice to access agricultural research and technology information

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On 28th of April 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to access information on agricultural  research and technology.

This Webinar@AIMS will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership in the usage of AGRIS bibliographic data as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the basic fundamentals of AGRIS, overview the AGRIS interface, and how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thembani Malapela, UN FAO’s Knowledge and Information Management Officer.… Click to read the full post

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

Join our Webinar@AIMS: How AKstem supports the AGRIS network

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)We are happy to announce, thanks to our dearest colleagues from AIMS team Karna and Thembani, the webinar dedicated to our AKStem service and AGRIS Data processing!

The aim of the webinar is to present the new online service desk powered by the AKstem service that facilitates the submission of AGRIS data provider’s collections to AGRIS, providing an improved interaction with AGRIS data processing unit. Additionally, in this webinar we are presenting the ways and methods that AGRIS data providers can contribute their bibliographic information (metadata) to AGRIS. The webinar is addressing to both new and old AGRIS data providers, as it will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding on the new service and its functionalities.… Click to read the full post

Agroknow at the Global Water Pathogens Project (GWPP) Protists meeting in Paris

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GWPP_logoSo I just came back from another Global Water Pathogens Project (GWPP) meeting in Paris, which was held in the UNESCO headquarters, very close to the Eiffel Tower this Sunday. I’ve been familiar with GWPP since my first day in Agro-Know, as at that time we were going to host the very first Editorial meeting of the project in our company. And I was lucky enough to get involved in it immediately afterwards.

If you’re not already familiar with GWPP, feel free to visit its online hub or -even better- its People section. There, you can witness this complete and ever-growing list of researchers around the world, all dedicated to one inspiring mission: to empower this online hub with the latest scientific information on Water Pathogens.… Click to read the full post

Working on the conceptual design of TAPipedia

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As you may already know, Agro-Know CEO Nikos Manouselis is currently working on the conceptual design of TAPipedia. For those not familiar with the concept, TAPipedia is expected to help TAP members and other stakeholders address a number of challenges relevant for a more coherent delivery of Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation System (AIS). To be more precise, it is expected to be one of the three major outcomes of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (for more info about TAP scroll at the end of this post), aiming to be “a global information system for innovation outputs, success stories, socioeconomic impacts, lessons learned, and analyses of impacts“. Click to read the full post

AGRIS new data service supported by Agro-Know stem is up and running!

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We are happy to announce that AGRIS new content providers service is now up and running. The new online service is supported through the Agro-Know stem service. Our goal is to facilitate the submission of data to AGRIS by content providers and their interaction with AGRIS data processing unit!

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The new online service gives the option at new providers to register using improved registration forms and to AGRIS content providers to submit their data in a more efficient way! As you will see in the main page we provide the following 4 categories:

View the AGRIS network
Contributing bibliographic information
Using AGRIS bibliographic information
Asking questions

The first category presents an overview of the AGRIS network visualized in a map.… 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?

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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

Land Portal & Global Open Knowledge Hub visit Agro-Know

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Between 14-15 of January 2015 we had two interesting people visiting Agro-Know: Laura Meggiolaro from Land Portal and Peter Mason from the Institute of Development Studies.  The aim of their visit was to get to know the Agro-Know team better (this goes especially to Laura, since Agro-Know is already working on the new version of the Land Portal Library Module) and also to explore possibilities of further collaboration.

Laura is the coordinator of the Land Portal Partnership and our first contact was made during the 1st CIARD/GODAN Consultation meetingwhen we had some initial discussions about the possibility to implement semantic web technologies in the Land Portal.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know works with LandPortal’s Library Module

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LandPortal_logoIf you haven’t heard already, Agro-Know has recently started working on something huge called LandPortal and we couldn’t be happier. We are talking of course about the leading online knowledge hub about land issues, which features a great deal of open data from regions all around the world. LandPortal also values and encourages networking through open development of its online content with the contribution of various target user groups. Naturally, it felt right for Agro-Know to be part of this wonderful community and so we were given an amazing opportunity to apply our expertise on LandPortal’s Library Module.

The Library Module of LandPortal (otherwise called LandLibrary) aims to become the authoritative virtual repository of land-related information, including peer-reviewed publications, policies, maps, and multimedia content, as stated in the site.… Click to read the full post