AIMS Newsletter no. 20, July 2013

Watch webinar on "New Ontology plug-in"

The recording of Integrating controlled vocabularies in information management systems: the new ontology plug-in is now available on Youtube and Slideshare. The plug-in was introduced at an AIMS Webinar at the beginning of this month by Marc Goovaerts and Dirk Leiders of Hasselt University Library.

The plug-in searches multiple thesauri and ontologies simultaneously by using a web service broker, like AGROVOC, ASFA, Plant Ontology, NERC-C19 ontology, and OceanExpert, and delivers a list of selected concepts with URIs and preferred labels. The plug-in was created within the context of AgriOcean DSpace, but is as an independent plug-in usable in any other application or information system.

As it is open software, developers are invited to reuse, enrich and enhance the existing source code!


  • Global Forum on Agricultural Research: Enabling Open Access to Agricultural Data and Information. More info
  • Article Openness and Visibility by Stephen Rudgard published in ICT Update bulletin. More info
  • Call for participation for the new Agricultural Data Interoperability Interest Group set up by Research Data Alliance. More info
  • Databib: Cataloging the World's Research Data Repositories. More info
  • W3C publishes Linked Data Glossary. More info
  • 21 New Preservation Vocabularies available at More info
  • OpenAGRIS was presented at the LODLAM Summit 2013. More info
  • AIMS Events Service: a quick overview of upcoming conferences, webinars and workshops. More info
  • Post on W3C's "Open Annotation Community Group". More info
  • AIMS Newsletter. VOA3R Special Issue, Summer 2013. More info
  • 6th INASP Open Access Week competition. More info
  • OrganicDataNetwork for better European organic market information. More info
  • USAID/Tanzania project: designing and collecting more accurate and reliable agricultural data. More info
  • Certify your data: Open Data Institute (ODI) launched Open Data Certificates. More info
  • COAR Report on Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories. More info
  • AGROVOC and TESEO met to discuss VocBench. More info
  • UNESCO: Strategies and a roadmap to implement Open Access policies in Latin American and the Caribbean. More info
  • Keeping your DSpace storage under control. More info
  • Alliance SIDALC libraries in a map. More info
  • G8 Science Ministers endorse the need to increase access to publicly-funded research. More info

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Open access interview with Federico Sancho from IICA

Federico Sancho is the Head of the Inter-American Information and Editorial Production Center for Agriculture at Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Headquarters.The AIMS editorial team invited Federico Sancho to share ideas and his institution's experiences on openning up access to research outputs and he shares this with the agricultural information management community. Federico also is an active member of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD).

Read the interview with Federico Sancho.

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