Global Water Pathogen Project: November Newsletter

The Global Water Pathogen Project has just published Issue 1 of its Newsletter (November issue) which you may download from here (PDF). The contents of the newsletter are the following:

 

  • Overview of the project;
  • The Virus team;
  • Project meeting hosted by Agro-Know and
  • Upcoming related Conferences.

Of course we were happy to read the short report from the last project meeting hosted by Agro-Know in our offices between August 29 & September 1, 2014, which gave us the opportunity to meet the project partners and discuss the next steps.

The next issue of the newsletter is expected to provide information on the landing page for the project that Agro-Know is currently (and proudly) working on!… Click to read the full post

CGIAR Open Access mandate: Work in progress in the case of ICARDA

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icardaAgro-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.
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Hosting the Global Water Pathogen Project meeting

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One of our core values in AK, is Mother Earth Inspiration. There is no other project that reflects so much on this value than the new Global Water Pathogen Project, partially funded by UNESCO, that looks on aspects of wastewater management (pathogens, virus, etc.).

The project aims at authoring a second version of the “Sanitation and disease : health aspects of excreta and wastewater management” Feachem et. al. 1983 book, a reference book for all researchers working on wastewater management, with the new version of the book involving more than 100 authors from different disciplines around the world.

Agro-Know, as an expert in managing biodiversity data and transforming data into meaningful knowledge, collaborates with the GWPP for the creation of an online hub that will capture and visualise all related information, creating not only an online version for the Feachem 2.0 book but a point of reference for all stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know family helping to maximize the impact of Nigeria’s assets

What if we could help governments to invest in new sectors and to attract investors using data about natural resources and agriculture? This could maximize the impact of the assets that a country has and could lead to job creation.

Agro-Know team members, in collaboration with colleagues from MSU, are contributing to the development of a web based decision support tool that will help public agencies and private investors easily target investments to leverage Nigeria’s unique assets.

The Nigeria Assets Decision Support System is a project of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility. The System allows users to consider data related to investment opportunities in agricultural development and minerals development within the context of international development activities.… Click to read the full post