AGORA National Training Workshop Bangladesh (2-3 April 2018, Bangladesh)

Date: 2- 3 April 2018
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Type: Training Workshops
Title: AGORA National Training Workshop Bangladesh

Contact person: Md. Anwarul Islam anwarpulak@gmail.com, PhD, Librarian, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University

Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Bangladesh in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) in South Africa organized a National Workshop titled Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) in Bangladesh” supported by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations, from 2 to 3 April 2018.

Inauguration session held on 2 April 2018. The Honourable Vice-Chancellor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) was the Chief Guest and the Chairperson was Professor Ruhul Amin, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture of SAU. Special Guests were Professor Dr Sekender Ali, the Honourable Pro-VC, SAU, Professor  Anwarul Haque Beg, Treasurer, SAU. Imma Subirats, AGORA Programme Manager (FAO of the United Nations) was the Guest of Honour. The programme was presided by Dr Anwarul Islam, Librarian, SAU and Programme Coordinator.

The main objective of this workshop was to:

  • raise awareness of key trends in scientific publishing on agriculture, environmental science, forestry and related social sciences; and
  • enhance capacities to access and use information resources available on the AGORA platform.

The course comprised of lectures delivered in a classroom setting, hands-on exercises, and group work. Some of the activities  involved accessing live websites and portals on the Internet while a few other issues were conducted offline.

A total of 105 participants from various institutions in Bangladesh attended the National Training Workshop. Imma Subirats conducted the activities as resource person while various participants assisted her during interactive sections. 

Certificate award sessions were held for participants prior to the end of each activity on both days.

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA):

  • Enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection that includes information on food, agriculture, environmental science, and related social sciences;
  • Provides a collection of 10,459 active key journals and 26,536 e-books to more than 3,400 institutions in more than 115 countries;
  • Is designed to enhance the scholarship of thousands of students, and researchers of agriculture and life sciences in the developing world;
  • One of the five programmes that make up Research4Life. The others are Access to Research in Health Programme (Hinari), Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and  Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI).

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