AIMS Newsletter no.67, October 2017

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This special AIMS e-newsletter focuses on upcomig e-learning activities from AIMS community of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). There will be plenty of activities before the end of the year for researchers, infomediaries and practitioners in the field. 

Additionally, this newsletter highlights several: (1) blog entries on the AIMS portal; (2) good practices in Data Management; (3) upcoming events focused on Research Data Management and Semantics; (4) e-learning initiatives and recorded webinars sharing knowledge about Information & Data Access services, as well as (5) a bibliography with some references for published open access journal articles and other works on a number of Information & Data Management issues. So be invited to get the story told ...

Table of Contents

PREAMBLE : "We believe Open Knowledge can empower everyone, enabling people to work together to tackle local and global challenges, understand our world, expose inefficiency, challenge inequality and hold governments and companies to account", - Open Knowledge International
The "good news is that open education is increasing access, lowering costs and improving student learning ... The key to this ... education opportunity is Open Educational Resources (OER), freely available materials that can be legally downloaded, edited and shared to better serve all students", - Sharing legally and freely for better learning, UNESCO.

Focus on the E-Learning Activities from AIMS 

AIMS is particularly interested in promoting capacity development activities in agricultural sciences to enable and engage people in having access to scientific information. The last quarter of 2017 will offer a number of e-learning opportunities to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, librarians, IT specialists, journalists and even students to become better producers and users of the information and data resources.

This exciting news is coming from GODAN Action Project funded by Department for International Development, and led by Wageningen UR. The project partners are CTAOpen Data InstituteAgroknowLand Portal FoundationFAO of the UNInstitute of Development Studies and AidData

Register by 5th November for GODAN Action course entitled Open Data and Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition that will be offering five modules on (1) open data principles, (2) using open data, (3) making the data open, (4) architectural and semantic interoperability, and (5) intellectual property, copyright and licensing. The course will run in the middle of November for four weeks

AGORA Online Course entitled AGORA : Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture is provided by FAO in collaboration with Research4LifeThe course aims to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture). The course will run between 23rd October and 5th November. For more information, please visit the course web page.

Another online course - entitled Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) for Low-income Countries (also provided by FAO in collaboration with Research4Life) - will take place on 30th October 2017 and last for three weeks until 19th November. Up to now, 300+ people have been trained including researchers, librarians, practitioners and students in the agricultural domain. The course is enriched with number of webinars designed to offer learners a broader perspective in the relevant areas. More information about the course is available on the course web page.

AIMS is happy to keep you updated about the related activities !

POSTSCRIPTUM : "Right now, the switch to open-access educational materials would help remove some of the existing barriers to upward mobility, and would have lasting implications on future generations of students", - Daily Collegian.


Below you will find a selection of some blog entries published on AIMS. The full news listing can be read HERE*. 

IGAD Data Experts shared their Knowledge & Expertise at the RDA-IGAD Pre-Meeting in Montreal. Get inspired !

find out more

Open Scholarship Output, Evaluation and Effects ... towards Responsible Metrics

find out more

Free resources to gain a valuable understanding in Peer-Review processes

find out more

Assigning Metadata as Method to Support Digital Data Curation in Trusted Repositories

find out more

The methodology for the 2018 ACCESS to SEEDS INDEX is open for public consultation

find out more

BEYOND THE Buzzword "Data" : action-oriented Strategies in Data Management  

Modern data management is not about “managing data … modernly”, it goes beyond buzzwords ... It provides, rather, a comprehensive view of data generated and curated according to a modern concept - Data Management Plan (DMP) that helps you manage your data, meet funder requirements, and helps others use your data if shared

Modern data management should outline any processing activities, as well as include data protection and security issues to ensure institutional data compliance with national, regional and international regulations.

By the way, did you hear about The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ?


Research data lifecycle : UK Data Service 
Research Data Management Toolkit: Research Lifecycle - The University of Western Australia 
Essentials 4 Data Support : Research Lifecycle 

"Remember: Good data management is essential to ensure that data can be preserved and remain accessible in the long-term, so it can be re-used and understood by future researchers. Begin thinking about how you’ll manage your data before you start collecting it", - University of Virginia Library.

(META)DATA MANAGEMENT & SEMANTICS : Some selected events, October 2017 :



Date, Place

International CODATA 2017 Conference : Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science


8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017) 


21-25, October, 2017, Vienna, Austria:


VOILA 2017! Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data 3rd International Workshop

22, October


2nd International Workshop on Semantics for Biodiversity (S4BioDiv)

21-22 October

OpenAIRE Germany and the EOSCpilot Joint Workshop: Future Open Science services for scientific communities


24 October , 2017, Berlin, Germany

FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-Scholarship Conference


25 - 29 October, 2017, Berlin, Germany

ODBASE 2017 - The 16th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics


24-25 October 2017, Rhodes, Greece

DC-2017: Advancing metadata practice: Quality, Openness, Interoperability


26-29 October 2017, Washington, DC:


Linked Data for Production (LD4P): Technical services workflow evolution through Tracer Bullets, Special Session

26 October


NKOS (Network Knowledge Organization Systems) Full-day Workshop

28 October

RDA (Research Data Alliance) Meets Czech Researchers


27 October 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

E-learning Initiatives ... Enjoy Your Learning

"Researchers believe that one of the goals of introducing e-learning was to revolutionize the learning process, either by facilitating many of the challenges that face instructors and learners daily, or by presenting opportunities that might have not existed before", - e-Learn Magazine.

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative (supported by FAO of the UN) that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management. 

IMARK consists of a suite of free e-learning courses being developed using the latest pedagogical models and methodologies, and provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning.

openHPI is the open educational Internet platform of the German Hasso Plattner Institute. openHPI interactive free open online courses cover different subjects in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), computer science and IT systems engineering, including Semantic Web Technologies and Big Data Analytics. 

Take FAO free e-learning courses from one of these categories. For example, by following Hyper-temporal remote sensing to support agricultural monitoring Course, you will learn about:

- Methodological aspects of the use of geospatial technology for agriculture statistics;
- Interoperability and standards for sharing spatial data;
- Geospatial, technology data and tools for monitoring global environmental trends and changes related to agriculture.

Take edX Free e-Learning courses.

Enroll now into a Self-Paced course: "Big Data Fundamentals" (starts on October 24, 2017) and learn how big data is driving organisational change and essential analytical tools and techniques, including data mining and PageRank algorithms.

Explore eLearning modules available on European Data Portal and discover more about Open Data. The e-learning modules suit all levels from beginners to experts. 
For best results, complete all 16 modules following their order for a solid grounding in all aspects of Open Data. Or, if you prefer to pick a specific topic, feel free to proceed straight to this module.

The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator EMMA is an European platform that provides multiple language support to the access to free, open, online Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on different subjects and from different European universities.  you will need to sign up in the platform to create your access credentials. Then you can get enrolled in the course of your preference, clicking on the enroll button which is available to all courses currently available.

MOOC List is: (1) an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers; (2) a website where you can find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world. ​​​​
On the home page you can:
    - View the Upcoming courses (for the next 30 days)
    - View the Last submitted or updated courses
    - Browse by Course Categories and MOOC's Providers 
       (For more information see: MOOC List FAQs).


Text & Data Mining in PoolParty Semantic Suite - this recorded AIMS Webinar can be watched here

PoolParty is a world-class semantic technology suite that offers sharply focused solutions to your knowledge organization and content business.
PoolParty is the most complete semantic middleware on the global market.
You can use it to enrich your information with valuable metadata to link your business and content assets automatically.

Metadata as Standard: improving Interoperability through the Research Data Alliance -
this recorded AIMS Webinar can be watched here

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) has developed a Catalogue of Metadata Standards and tools aimed at researchers and those who support them. The Metadata Standards Catalog provides different details about metadata standards and tools  and will improve the interoperability of metadata in different standards. 

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) WEBINAR series & DOCUMENTARY web series (created with farmOS: open source web-based application for farm management, planning, and record keeping).

GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable...

23 Things About Research Data Management - 
this recorded LIBER Webinar can be watched here

23 Things is a recognized training concept that supports flexible, self-paced learning to help librarians get involved in research data management into 10 categories. 
This LIBER Webinar explores the content of both the 23 Things resource from Research Data Allience, and introduces the in-depth, 23-week training program.

Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues (Data Seal of Approval/World Data Systems; DSA/WDS) -
this recorded RDA Webinar can be watched here


Certification of repositories can be an important contribution to ensuring the reliability and durability of digital repositories and hence the potential for sharing data over a long period of time. 
All Research Data Alliance (RDA) recorded webinars

Let us know ([email protected]) about high-quality videos created by organizations highlighting thematic areas relevant to information management (Open Science / Open Data / Open Access, Big Data, interoperability issues, FAIR data etc.), agriculture,  forestry, fisheries and related themes (food security, land use, environment, etc.). 


Westergaard, D. et al., Text mining of 15 million full-text scientific articles, bioRxiv, July, 2017

Piwowar, H. et al., The state of Open Access: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles, PeerJ Preprints, August, 2017

Husen S.E., et al., Recommended versus Certified Repositories: Mind the Gap, Data Scinece Journal 16, 2017

Lovins, D., Hillmann, D. Broken-World Vocabularies, D-Lib Magazine, March/April 2017, Volume 23, Number 3/4

Lavrenova, O., Pavlov, V., The Publication of a Knowledge Organization Classification System as a Linked Data Vocabulary, in NKOS 2017 Proceedings, 17th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop.

O’Carroll, C. et al. 2017. Providing researchers with the skills and competencies they need to practise Open Science. Report of the Working Group on Education and Skills under Open Science. Brussels: European Commission - Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

All the presentations from UN-LINKS (Rome, 2017) can be accessed from United Nations (UN) -LINKS website (e.g. presentations about:  The FAO Library; Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI): A new legal training resource ... )

Griffin P. C. et al., Best practice data life cycle approaches for the life sciences, F1000Research, 2017. 


E-LIS (Eprints in Library and Information Science) open repository 

F1000Research OKAD (Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development) channel 

 F1000Research GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) channel 

 Research4life AGORA (Access to Global Online Research on Agriculture) channel 
[What you need to know about AGORA]

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