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AIMS supports Open Access focusing on the promotion of methodologies and good practices to enhance the accessibility and visibility of research data in agriculture and related sciences on the Web.

AIMS facilitates efficient dissemination and easier access to research outputs through the following key ways:

  • promoting good practices by facilitating networking through the AIMS communities of practice;
  • recommending the use of appropriate metadata standards for the creation, management and exchange of meaningful bibliographic information;
  • publishing and maintaining subject vocabularies; and
  • customizing tools to use recommended metadata and subject vocabularies

Within the CIARD initiative AIMS becomes a reference point for the above four elements.


Monthly Spotlight

Minimum services on AIMS this summer

As summer holidays have started in Europe most people are on their annual holidays and limited staff remain in office, this might lead to a delay in answering questions. As a result AIMS will be maintained at a minimum, however, new user approval will continue normally.

We thank you for your understanding and your usual support. Full services resume on the 1st of September 2014. We would like to wish you a successful summer and a pleasant wintertime depending on your region. 

Meanwhile continue channelling your queries to aims@fao.org

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Group of Interest

With the objective to facilitate the sharing of news, case studies and ideas, the Open Access Group of Interest includes information management specialists that work on the promotion of the accessibility and visibility of different research outputs  in agriculture, such as documents, data, learning materials and other content types.