AIMS Newsletter no. 32, July 2014

Focus on the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group

The Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (WDI) was created within the framework of the Research Data Alliance (RDA).The RDA is a global initiative that aims to foster the open sharing of data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address society’s major challenges.The WDI's goal is to provide a common, open standard framework for describing, representing, linking, and publishing wheat data.

The working group interacts with the Wheat IS experts and other plant projects such as TransPLANT, agINFRA which are built on standard technologies for data exchange and representation. In its formation the WDI sought to meet the needs of the Wheat Initiative Information System (WheatIS) in terms of functionality and data types by identifying relevant use cases and producing Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines.

In this newsletter we review the case for establishing the Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines, which will promote and sustain wheat data sharing, reusability, and interoperability. In pursuant to this work, a survey was conducted from April 7 to June 3, 2014 to identify existing data management practices within the wheat community. The preliminary analyis reveals that (i) most respondents currently store their data on local drives about 50% of the respondents have not yet established data management guidelines (ii),majority of the respondents see penotypes, SNPs, genomic annotations, germplasm, genetic maps, and physical maps important in the next five years. (iii) In addition to using a variety of data types, the wheat community also employs a wide range of data formats (standardized and unstandardized ) and (iv) the use of ontologies (only 49% use ontologies) and metadata standards (23% use) is not common. The detailed report is available here.

To get further insight on the Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines and related developments within the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group, AIMS interviewed Esther DZALE YEUMO KABORE, one of the co-chairs of the WDI. She briefly summarizes the current activities of the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group and also reports on the summary findings of the recent survey. Read interview

The meeting minutes and activities of the WDI are available here

Highlights from the community

  • Building digital educational repositories for agriculture: The AgLR Tool. Due to the inadequances of existing repository software to handle agricultural learning materials and within the context of Organic. Lingua ICT-PSP project,the AgLR tool was developed to handle educational learning resources in agriculture. More info
  • The AIMS Community surpasses 1,900 members.AIMS registered 100 more users in the month of June bringing AIMS Community to more than 1,900 users. More info
  • Vacancy Announcement: A new service to the AIMS Community. Beginning this July 2014 AIMS introduces a new service - vacancy notices along the AIMS subjects as a service to the AIMS Community. More info
  • AGRIS Future Developments -latest. Following the AGRIS user survey held a few months ago and feedback obtained from AGRIS website, some potential improvements to the portal have been identified and on course for implementation. More info
  • Two YASGUI new libraries: YASQUE & YASR -The YASGUI tool has announced two new libraries (YASQUE & YASR) which are focusing on the query editor and visualization SPARQL results More info
  • Agro Ontology Plug-in tool integrated into E-Prints Software.The Ontology Plug developed within the context of AgriOcean DSpace has been integrated into the E-Prints software.This allows adoption of various ontologies in a repository software.More info
  • 11 Case studies released on Research Data Management in Libraries. After the release of LIBER Recommendation on research data management, libraries have been implementing these. 11 Case Studies on Research Data Management have been announced. More info
  • LA REFERENCIA integrated to intelligio. LA Referencia has announced that it is now integrated to intelligo, a browser of large volumes of documents of Ibero-American repositories. More info

Conferences and Workshops

Upcoming [email protected]

The following webinars are on schedule and registration is still open (in Spanish),

  • 29th of July 2014 at 16:00 hrs Rome Time -Título del seminario online; Confederación de Repositorios de Acceso Abierto (COAR).El webinar presentará la Confederación de Repositorios de Acceso Abierto (COAR), una asociación internacional sin fines de lucro que tiene como objetivo promover mayor visibilidad y aplicación de los resultados de la investigación a través de las redes globales de repositorios digitales de acceso abierto.Ponete -Josefina Siguencia (Cuenca-Ecuador y representante de COAR en Ecuador).
  • 23rd of September 2014 at 16:00 hrs Rome Time - Título del seminario online; KOHA: sistema de administración de bibliotecas. En este webinar platicaremos sobre las características, módulos y funcionalidad de Koha, además de contextualizar al asistente sobre cómo diseñar y ejecutar un proyecto exitoso de migración y actualización continua. Ponete - Julieta Alcibar Hermosillo (Licenciada en Bibliotecología y Estudios de la Información)

To view a list of past webinars clickhere


What is Data Mining? A class of database applications that look for hidden patterns in a group of data that can be used to predict future behavior. For example, data mining software can help retail companies find customers with common interests. The term is commonly misused to describe software that presents data in new ways. True data mining software doesn't just change the presentation, but actually discovers previously unknown relationships among the data.

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"Researchers are asked to respond to the challenge(s) of feeding the world to confront these, scientist need data..." an interview with Esther Dzale Yeumo Kabore

Esther DZAKE YEUMO works for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) as a senior project manager. She is involved in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and has thus joined a community of scientists who wish to make agricultural data, information, and knowledge more accessible.

Her fields of expertise include data management and the Semantic Web. In this capacity, she is co-chair of the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (WDI) within the RDA. AIMS invited her to share some of her views on the current developments and work taking place within the context of the RDA and WDI

Read the interview " Researchers are asked to respond to challenge (s) of feeding the world to confront these, scientist need data.." found in the AIMS Interviews section.

The scope of the AIMS Newsletter is to bring under the attention of the AIMS community recent news, events and achievements in the field of agricultural information management. If you have any contribution, suggestion, or need assistance with the newsletter, please contact us at [email protected]

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