AIMS Newsletter no.40, May 2015

Focus on CGSpace Repository

The CGSpace is a repository of research ( and other) outputs produced by several centers and research programs associated with the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) . It started out as a repository of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in 2009 and has expended as a co-hosted and co-managed platform used by different CGIAR entities.

To date, the CGSpace has more than 20 communities with more than 30,000 items. This consortia approach of managing digital objects has attracted participation from outside the CGIAR. In 2014, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation CTA migrated its legacy ‘Anancy’ collection of materials to CGSpace.

CGSpace repository runs on DSpace and is hosted and facilitated by ILRI, and is supported by contributions from the various participating centers and programs. The repository collects reports, articles, press releases, presentations, videos, policy briefs, etc. There is a team of at least 2.5 staff members responsible for the development and maintenance of the CGSpace. The content and usage analysis module implementation allows one to view the usage of the repository content. Statistics can be generated at collection and item level and presented in a graphical approach.

We invite you to review the CGSpace repository here. More so, on this month's newsletter we have an interview with Peter Ballantyne who sheds more insight into the happenings at CGSpace Repository.

CGSpace Repository Interface


Highlights from the community

  • AGROVOC 2015 Survey is still open until the 15th of June 2015. Contribute to the improvement of AGROVOC by completing this survey in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or English. complete the survey
  • Introducing the BDE societal challenges: Food security, sustainable agriculture , forestry, marine research and the bioeconomy. This post introduced the Big Data Europe (BDE) project which aims to empower communities with Data Technologies. AIMS  is part of the BDE information dissemination portals.More info
  • Registration for the AGORA Course Opens. The registration of AGORA course on ITOCA Moodle opened with 120 vacant seats.The course will be available on the ITOCA Moodle platform from the 18th of May to the 18th of June 2015. More info
  • Global Agriculture Concept Scheme (GACS) Beta 1.0 released. The first beta version of the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS) Beta 1.0 is now available. GACS explores the possibility of creating a global repository of concepts and terminology in agriculture. More info
  • Report on the COAR/SPARC conference "Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship".OpenAIRE released summaries and presentations of the recent joint COAR/SPARC conference. More info
  • Syngenta makes Good Growth Plan Progress Data openly accessible. Syngenta AG collaborated with the Open Data Institute to publish progress data for the Good Growth Plan. More info
  • Communique : International repository networks reinforce their aim to develop a global, open access knowledge commons. COAR network publishes a communique which summarises the work done in the past year and the commitments of the affiliated organisations to reinforce further the global agenda to openness.More info
  • AGROVOC now accessible through VocBench 2.3. Last month VocBench upgraded to version 2.3.AGROVOC is now accessible through this new version and one can review the new features and improvements of this latest release of VocBench in the AGROVOC sandbox. More info
  • OpenAIRE Open Peer Review Tender.OpenAIRE invites tenders for two prototype technologies and workflows in the area of open peer review. The deadline is 5th of June 2015. More info
  • New AGRIS online service desk. The AGRIS partners announced a new online service desk powered by Agro-Know stem service.This service aims to streamline the submission of data to AGRIS processing unit by content providers. More info
  • Support for AGROVOC editors: Guidelines to add new terms and concepts. AGROVOC team released the first draft version of the manual that will enable AGROVOC editors to add new terms and concepts. More info
  • Participate in the Online Survey: The practical use of Big Data for Europe's Societal Challenges. The BigDataEurope project has set up a survey to identify current and future challenges for Big data and data management in the seven H2020 societal challenge topics. complete the survey

Conferences and Workshops

More upcoming conferences can be reviewed on AIMS Calender of Events, a selection is available below

Upcoming Webinars

The following webinars are on schedule,specific announcement to follow on AIMS

  • TBA. AGROVOC Webinar  by Caterina Caracciolo ( and AGROVOC Team)
  • TBA. VocBench Webinar by Armando Stellato ( and VocBench Team)


What is information Extraction? It is the task of automatically extracting structured information from unstructured and/or semi-structured machine-readable documents. Ontology-based information extraction (OBIE) is the use of an ontology to inform a “tagger” or information extraction program when doing natural language processing. Input ontologies thus become the basis for generating metadata tags when tagging text or documents.

More info: 

Glossary of Semantic Web Terms

"An Overview of the CGSpace Repository " an interview with Peter Ballantyne

Peter Ballantyne is the head of Communications and Knowledge Management at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya and leads the development and management of the CGSpace Repository. Peter coordinates the key individuals involved in running the platform. 

The AIMS Editorial team invited Peter  to share the CGSpace's story and experiences with the AIMS Community.

Read the interview "An overview of the CGSpace Repository" 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 [email protected]

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