AIMS Newsletter No. 89 March 2020

Partnering with Research4Life to Develop Capacities of Stakeholders

Fostering Innovative Learning Environments. Enabling Knowledge and Education for Food and Agriculture

Call for Applications Now Open for 2020 Global Access to Research in Health, Food and Agriculture, Environment, Innovation and Law - Research4Life Online Course

With the objective of supporting existing and future users to learn how to get the most out of the available resources in Research4Life, Research4Life and FAO are happy to announce the new edition of the Research4Life Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for 2020. Participants will become skilled users of the available resources of the Research4Life programmes (Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) to access and use the platform efficiently. 

Research4Life is a knowledge platform that provides access to up to 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, innovation and law. More than 9,000 institutions in more than 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online are benefiting from Research4Life. 




Innovative Knowledge and Education Initiatives:

FAO and the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries Partner to Build Research Capacities In Least Developed Countries with new Online Courses

UNTB and FAO are excited to partner  to support the delivery of online training activities for the 47 least-developed countries to enhance the access to recent scientific knowledge, and thus give them the opportunity to participate fully in the global scientific community.




FAO, Research4Life and ITOCA to Empower New Trainers with ‘Training of Trainers’ Workshop Aimed to Increase Capacity Development Efforts

A new, specialized training workshop aimed at empowering and developing the skills of new trainers to obtain the Research4Life Training Certification is set to take place in the autumn of 2020. The new workshop, funded by Research4Life and FAO in collaboration with ITOCA, is aimed to develop the capacities of new trainers through learning effective training approaches, sharing best practices and to share peer to peer experiences with new and existing users of Research4Life. 




Facilitating Access to Knowledge and Skills to Use Research4Life Effectively and Efficiently with 2019 Online Course

In 2019, FAO and Research4Life created an  online course called the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as a pilot program to support the continued goal of equipping existing and potential users of the available programmes with the knowledge and skills required to access and use the information effectively and efficiently. FAO and Elsevier funded the pilot program. Learn more about the course:

Course Details | Success of Course



Participants Share Experiences and Important Takeaways Illustrating Major Impact of FAO’s 2019 Research4Life Online Course 

The first edition of the Research4Life MOOC had more than 2,200 participants, many of whom were eager to share their success stories and experiences. With the objective to assess the impact and usefulness of the course through the feedback from some attendants, participants from Nigeria, representing Group B; Sudan and Uganda, representing Group A. kindly shared experiences from the course. 




Research4Life Programmes

Hinari (Research for Health), AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) and GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) are the five Research4Life programmes that provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.




RDA/IGAD Webinar Series: The Update of Agricultural Ontologies in Japan set for March 24

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 March 24 at 10 a.m. CET. The webinar will focus on The update of agricultural ontologies in Japan - Agricultural Activity Ontology and Crop Vocabulary and will feature Prof. Hideaki Takeda, Dr.,Eng and Sungmin Joo, PhD. 




Join the new Agricultural Information Management Standards LinkedIn Group

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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