The CIARD Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways (RING) is a a global registry of web-based services that give access to any kind of information pertaining to agricultural research for development (ARD). It allows information providers to register their services in various categories to facilitate the discovery of sources of agriculture-related information across the world. The overall aim of the RING is to increase the visibility and use of open access tools for agricultural information management.
The CIARD RING is a project implemented within the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) and is led by GFAR. AIMS helps to promote and sustain the RING by providing list of metadata element sets, tools and controlled vocabularies from the VEST Registry.
Extensively described services
Services are described in detail and categorized according to criteria that are relevant to the the use of the service and its interoperability. These criteria include:
- content criteria such as thematic coverage, geographic coverage, content type, target audience, and
- technical criteria such as metadata sets adopted, vocabularies used, technologies used, protocols implemented.
Contribute to the CIARD RING
Anybody can register new services in the RING, provided that they know the necessary technical information about the service and they are responsible for the service or authorized by a responsible person. User registration is required in order to trace the source of information and allow users to edit their submission in the future.