AIMS Newsletter no.68, November 2017

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This November AIMS e-newsletter will (1.) feature a number of achievements of International System for Agricultural Science and Technology - AGRIS so far, (2.) present a selection of blog entries published on AIMS, as well as (3.) focus on some of the key points such as "Why? Where? How?" related to Data Sharing practices. So be invited to get the story told ...

Table of Contents

Focus on AGRIS achievements
Highlighted on AIMS
Share or not to share ? Learn, Share, Do !

It is indisputable that access to (agriculture) science and technology literature and data is important for :

In the agricultural domain, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN not only curates and shares agricultural information, but also produces advice upon it, which is then promoted through its knowledge portal.

Focus on AGRIS achievements 

Alongside PubAg, TEEAL and CAB Abstracts, AGRIS (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology) of the FAO is one of the major bibliographic databases used for locating bibliographical agricultural information online.

AGRIS content

To date, with about 9,030,000 bibliographical records  - - out of which about 2,000,000 records contain explicit links to the full text of the record - -  AGRIS services aim at providing better access and visibility to the information resources in agriculture and related domains.

AGRIS content comes from more than 350 data providers (research centres, development programes, international and national organizations) from over 140 countries worldwide (50% of content comes from developing countries and other 50% - from developed countries). It is worth noting that for some data providers, AGRIS is the only online platform that allows the diffusion on the web of local scientific research.

More than 85 % of all AGRIS records are indexed with AGROVOC multilingual thesaurus. Thanks to AGROVOC - used as backbone to link AGRIS records and externals resources - AGRIS not only can retrieve similar content in Google, but also “say” how many records “talk” about a specific continent, country. For instance, considering the list of all countries in Africa as AGROVOC subjects and querying AGRIS, one obtains 150,885 records about Africa!

For more information on AGRIS Advanced search read this blog post

Contribute to AGRIS with your Content :  Support for Data Providers :

If you want to contribute your records from a Journal or a Repository, please send [email protected] information of your harvesting environment, and AGRIS Team will come back to you to realize the collection of your metadata which can be published (after a process of data cleaning, enrichment, and conversion) in the AGRIS database.

Another fast way to publish data is to send the XML files (AGRIS AP XML format or better) directly to [email protected]. For more information, read: The AGRIS Application Profile for the International Information System on Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

Traffic on AGRIS website and User Activity so far …

Comparing the trimester July-September 2017 with the same period in the previous year, you can see that the traffic on the AGRIS website has increased by more than 100% ! The image shows also the list of top 10 countries from where AGRIS was accessed and the number of sessions per continent : 

AGRIS team continues to work on consolidating the AGRIS platform to increase efficiency and sustainability of its workflows and processes.

Register to AGRIS and become a member of AGRIS community !

The AGRIS community is comprised of more than 9,500 users registered on its portal. You are also welcome to join AGRIS Dgroups ! 

For more information on how to create AGRIS profile, watch this webinar recording: AGRIS : Creating a user profile and exploring possibilities of AGRIS data.

Besides AGRIS, PubAg, TEEAL, CAB Abstracts, - thousands of peer-reviewed agriculture-related informaiton resources online can be retrieved for free or with low cost access - by Group A or Group B countries - through Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) channel. A plethora of  Open Access (institutional and disciplinary) repositories, Research Data Repositories and Open Access Journals in place helps further overcoming obstacles to increase access to cross-domain scientific outcomes worldwide.


Highlighted on AIMS

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

Building a Culture of Data Citation ... with Persistent Identifiers

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METADATA 2020 : towards Metadata as the Scholarly Community’s top priority

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Developing Data Interoperability using standards: A Wheat Community use case

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Open Access Week 2017 : initiatives and resources pushing in support of Open Science

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DSpace-GLAM based on DSpace-CRIS : Manage, Analyze & Preserve your digital heritage

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Share or not to share ? Learn, Share, Do !   

Open Research Data per default and Opt-Out possibilities

Starting with the 2017 work programme,  the pilot on Open Research Data (ORD) was extended to cover all thematic areas of HORIZON 2020*, thus realising the Commission's ambition of "open research data per default", to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by Horizon 2020 projects.

Part of iconographic: Open Research Data - Europa EU [PDF]

Open per default data are needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and should be compliant with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) data requisites. Other data can be provided by the beneficiaries on a voluntary basis, and this should be stated in their Data Management Plans (DMP).

Besides, the ORD pilot retaining opt-out possibilities, taking into account the need to balance openness and protection of scientific information, commercialisation and intellectual property right  (IPR), privacy concerns, security as well as data management and preservation questions through research data lifecycle. Projects may decide not to participate in the pilot ('opt-out') at any stage of the project lifecycle.

An important fact to take into account when sharing your data (Why? How? Where?) is that There is no One-Size Fits-All Data-Sharing solution ... and that the importance of a holistic approach to the challenges faced by researchers in this context should not be underestimated.

For information about the *HORIZON 2020 framework programme, you may take a look at:

Guidelines to the Rules on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Open Access to Research Data in Horizon 2020 (21 March 2017)

Annotated Model Grant Agreement [the legal requirements for projects participating in the ORD pilot are contained in article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement ] - an updated version (26 October 2017)

ENHorizon 2020Work Programme 2018-2020. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy 
Learn more: Adoption of the H2020 Work Programme 2018-20.

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