AIMS Newsletter no. 33, September 2014

Focus on AgINFRA

agINFRA is a pioneering European project designed to support and enhance the work of the scientific agriculture community in the management, sharing and creation of agricultural data, services and tools . The agINFRA e-infrastructure, funded in part with a grant from the European Commission, provides all the necessary tools and services for a number of different types of stakeholders, from information managers to software developers and even end users, to facilitate agricultural data generation, provenance, quality assessment, certification, curation,annotation, navigation and management.

Our solution allows collaborators to:

  • Open their data collection to colleagues and the wider global scientific community
  • Access information related to your work from a large network of international resources.
  • Receive free training in the use of our new tools and applications to organize, connect and publish datasets and collections.
  • Access technical guidance, add-on plugins and components as well as a technical framework for enhancing your existing tools and services.
  • Empower you or your organisation to host, store and speed up your data-related software tools and services using a large scale cloud and grid facility.

agINFRA has been designed with users in mind. Our main goal is to help make life easier for those sharing accessing and using open agricultural data. agINFRA can provide a number of different benefits to collaborators, including helping to:

  • Expose data collections to colleagues and the wider global scientific community
  • Access information related to your work from a large network of international resources
  • Receive free training in the use of our new tools and applications to organize, connect and publish datasets and collections.
  • Access technical guidance, add-on plugins and components as well as a technical framework for enhancing your existing software tools and services.
  • Empower you or your organisation to host and speed up your data-related software tools and services using a large scale cloud and grid facility.

Read about our Open AgriGate Competition and also learn more from our website.

Highlights from the community

  • Phase One of GACS approved– Read the reports.The Steering Group of the GACS (Global Agricultural Concept Scheme) project has approved the final results of Phase One. Version 1.0 of the Status Quo and Integration Proposal reports are now accessible, see attachments at the bottom of this post. More info.
  • Fedora 4 Training Events in October. In response to community requests for more Fedora 4.0 training opportunities, the Fedora Project is pleased to announce that four separate face-to-face sessions in four locations have been scheduled for October 2014. More info.
  • New AGRIS online. On August 25th, a new release of the AGRIS Web portal (http://agris.fao.org) was launched. It contains many new features and some optimizations of functionalities that were already available. More info.
  • Beyond the Box Digitization Competition. The Beyond the Box Digitization Competition will award $1 million to a person or team that will create a technology that increases the speed and accuracy of digitization of a drawer of insect specimens and their associated data. More info.
  • Call for Concept Notes: Open Science Network.The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) announced the launch of the public Call For Concept Notes for case studies that explore the linkages between open science and development. More info.
  • AGRIS RDF model revised : order of authors corrected. Following the new release of the AGRIS Web portal, AGRIS RDF model was revised to maintain the order of authors. More info.
  • What is ORCID ? on Vimeo. A new video has been posted on Vimeo explaining ORCID. Synopsis Names are not enough to ensure credit for your work and are inadequate for reliably connecting researchers with their research outputs. More info.
  • Open AGRIgate Competition: agINFRA Open Data Campaign. agINFRA is doing our part to assist in the global movement for Open Agricultural Data by launching a new kind of competition for anyone with agricultural data. More info.

Conferences and Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

The following webinars are on schedule and registration is still open,

Glossary

What is a concept scheme? A concept scheme is a set of concepts, optionally specified with semantic relations between concepts.Technically, the category concept scheme is broader that the category thesaurus and includes subject headings lists, taxonomies, glossaries, classifications, and other types of controlled vocabulary. (Baker & Suominen, 2014:2)

More info:

"agINFRA is successfully providing a number of different services for the agricultural community" an interview with Andreas Drakos

Andreas Drakos is a project manager and part of the agINFRA coordination team assisting in the management and implementation of the project tasks. In this brief interview we ask him to get more insight on agINFRA activities, achievements and planned future activities.

Read the interview "agINFRA is successfully providing a number of different services for the agricultural community" found in the AIMS Interviews section.


The scope of the AIMS Newsletter is to bring under the attention of the AIMS community recent news, events and achievements in the field of agricultural information management. If you have any contribution, suggestion, or need assistance with the newsletter, please contact us at AIMS@fao.org

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