AIMS Newsletter No.87 January 2020


The Agricultural Information Management Standards Portal (AIMS) of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gathers information on and access to standards, technology and best practices. It is also a forum connecting information management workers around the world to discuss open access and open data. 
With the objective to increase the accessibility and visibility of research products in its member countries, FAO is promoting the exchange of scientific and technical information related to all aspects of agriculture since the early 1970s. Moving from paper to digital and from processing to partnerships, FAO has established a series of programmes to support these efforts and make knowledge, information and research data on agriculture and related sciences available, accessible and usable. 




Making scientific literature and data in agriculture, produced in the Global South, accessible through AGRIS

AGRIS is portal with free online access to more than 11M records of books, journals, datasets, reports, etc. It collects and exposes agricultural and scientific knowledge, information and data. There is an international collaboration within AGRIS including a network of more than 500 organizations from 148 countries and more than 600,000 individuals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month.




Enriching the knowledge sharing, visibility of and access to agricultural sciences through AGROVOC

AGROVOC is a discipline based controlled vocabulary to standardize and enhance the discoverability of agricultural information and data. It enriches the knowledge sharing, visiblity of and access to information and data coverall all areas of interest of FAO including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment, etc. AGROVOC has partnerships with more than 20 stakeholders, has up to 4 million accesses each month and is available in 36 languages.





Providing access to paywalled scientific literature to organizations in low and middle-income member countries through Research4Life and AGORA

In 2003, FAO launched AGORA, as part of Research4Life, to deliver the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific literature in agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition and social sciences to reduce the scientific knowledge gap. AGORA is an online access portal to leading paywalled international scientific journals and books for institutions from low and middle-income countries. It offers 24,000 e-journals, 84,000 e-books and more than 120 countries, areas and territories benefit from the platform. 




Strengthening the capacity of individuals, organizations and enabling environment to produce, manage, exchange and re-use knowledge, information and research data

Capacity development is an enabler to FAO to address gaps and needs, and have an impact in the agriculture community across its services and tools provided. Through the capacity development activities, individuals and organizations gain skills and competencies they need to perform effectively in their work environments. 





RDA/IGAD Webinar Series. COPO: Extending the Frontiers of “FAIR” Data in Agriculture set for Feb. 12

As part of the Research Data Alliance's (RDA)/ Agricultural Data Interest Group's (IGAD) ongoing webinar series, aimed to keep up with cutting edge developments in agricultural data, and encourage the free flow of ideas, the next webinar is set to take place on February 12 at 11 a.m. CET. 



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