AIMS 'Special Edition' Newsletter

The AIMS community is just one link away

Providing an online and digitally accessible platform facilitating innovative access to information, data, knowledge and education aimed to empower the food and agriculture industry

Practicing social distancing is crucial in the current environment. Social distancing allows for the opportunity to lean in to digital dialogues and find online outlets providing access to information, data and knowledge. The AIMS Community provides this online platform encouraging digital interactions with a vast amount of innovative tools and education initiatives accessible online.




Discover innovative tools and initiatives accessible online:

Enabling free access to informational and educational webinars:

The AIMS community offers access to free webinars to all interested parties on a variety of information, data and knowledge. Topics include: open access, open data, research data management, knowledge information systems, data curation, metadata, linked open data, big data, open tools and standards supporting stewardship of information and data in agriculture, along with other domains.




Facilitating Innovative education environments with access to online courses:

Access to knowledge about the importance of open data and education about how to utilize it properly is crucial to build the capacity of stakeholders within food and agriculture. Online courses facilitate access to knowledge and education to thousands of participants all over the world.




AGRIS - The link to worldwide scientific agricultural information and data:

Accessing scientific information and digital data through online platforms is a key element to facilitate innovation transfer and assure the generation of new ideas, products and services worldwide. The AGRIS platform provides free access to more than 12 million records about publications in up to 90 different languages. It facilitates access to referring books, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, datasets and grey literature - including unpublished scientific and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of food and agriculture.




IGAD Agricultural Data Interest Group Providing an Innovative Forum for Digital Discussion:

IGAD is a domain-oriented group working on all issues related to global agriculture data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data. IGAD promotes good practices in research with regard to data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability, and it is a forum for sharing experience and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data.




Providing digital access to learn more about key stakeholders with online interviews:

Learn more about AIMS community members and key stakeholders with in-depth interviews sharing experiences, implementing methodologies and good practices in managing agricultural research information, open data and more. All interviews are made accessible online.



Join the Digital Dialogue and Participate in the AIMS Community

As an online portal for Agricultural Information standards, the AIMS team is always looking to include guest contributors to the AIMS blog. As a community member, you have the opportunity to contribute to discussions, share experiences, along with highlighting new information related to the themes of interest of the AIMS community to be housed within the AIMS website.



AIMS LinkedIn Group creates virtual meeting room facilitating a forum for discussion 

The goal of the new LinkedIn group is to create a virtual meeting room and forum where professionals in the food and agricultural industry can post relevant content. The group is also important to facilitate conversations around digital data for innovation and resources available to support promoting accessibility of digital data and research, breaking barriers, linking and opening data and facilitating innovation transfer, assuring the generation of new ideas in food and agriculture. 



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