AIMS Newsletter no. 36, December 2014

Focus on AgriDrupal

AgriDrupal extends Drupal, an open source content management system, with special features to provide a repository management, where several types of contents can be managed, searched and browsed on one website, like:

  • documents or bibliographic records, using standardized descriptive metadata and controlled subject-indexing based on AGROVOC;
  • news, events and vacancies;
  • institutions and experts.

Besides RSS feeds being available for all contents, for the document repository an OAI-PMH interface is implemented, with two available metadata sets: Dublin Core and Agris AP. In the Drupal 7 version, all the contents can be queried through SPARQL queries and retrieved as RDF triples.

The AgriDrupal team will continue improving the package. Features are also available, as an alternative way of implementing AgriDrupal functionalities in a Drupal website. Features are a mechanism to automatically package any of a Drupal site's components in one or more modules and make them available for download. The first set of features deploys the following AgriDrupal core functionalities:

  • document repository management;
  • indexing of any type of content with AGROVOC;
  • OAI-PMH provider interface;
  • repository importing and exporting functionalities;
  • RDF exposed data and sparql endpoint.

Existing AgriDrupal installations:

  1. The Institutional Repository of the RUFORUM network with the goal of providing free access to the resources that make RUFORUM a leader in postgraduate training and research in the agricultural sciences in Africa. All materials included in the repository are either Open Access or Open Educational Resources (OER).
  2. The Centro de Información y Documentación de la Autoridad Nacional del Agua (CIDANA) in Peru is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and has the objective of collecting and organizing relevant information resources for water resources management.
  3. The Ghana Agricultural Information Network System (GAINS) , a component of the erstwhile Government of Ghana/World Bank , supported National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) in 1991 to revitalise the library and information system in the agricultural sector of the economy.
  4. The Zambia Agricultural Research for Development Information Network (ZAR4DIN) , a network of Institutions and Individuals involved in AR4D information/knowledge generation, management, dissemination and exchange, and learning in order to facilitate access to AR4D information and knowledge, including metadata and full-text documents, through interlinked institutional repositories linked to a national AR4D portal.
  5. National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP)The National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) was jointly implemented by the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit under the Ministry of Food of the Government of Bangladesh and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It received financial support from the European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).     
  6. The Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) project, an information management unit, serving Somali administrations, non-governmental organizations, development agencies and UN organisations. They are testing the AgriDrupal features in their website.

AgriDrupal team are now working on the AgriDrupal cloud installation, and creating an AgriDrupal-Scratchpads cloud platform in coordination with the Natural History Museum, London.

For more information on AgriDrupal visit this page.

Highlights from the community

  • Climate Tagger: Tagging Climate Content Automatically.REEEP and Climate Technology Centre and Network have recently launched Climate Tagger, a new tool to automatically scan, label, sort and catalogue datasets and document collections. Climate Tagger now incorporates a Drupal Module for automatic annotation of Drupal content nodes. More info 
  • ANN:, the new Linked Data service from the National Library of Spain.The National Library of Spain (BNE) and the Ontology Engineering Group are glad to announce the new Linked Data service (in Spanish). More info
  • Invitation to participate in the AGRIS E-Consultation.The AGRIS team kindly invites you to participate in AGRIS E-Consultation whose goal is to get feedback from AGRIS users on different aspects of the AGRIS application. The results of this survey will be used to further develop AGRIS in 2015. More info
  • The European Library releases over 82 million bibliographic records - all CC0.The European Library announced that it released Linked Open Data for over 82 million bibliographic records all CC0. This data comes from over 25 data providers from 22 countries amounting to 127 collections. More info
  • Stakeholder consultation on CGIAR Strategy and Results FrameworkThe CGIAR Funders Forum and Fund Council discussed a draft version of a new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for CGIAR in Brussels on November 4-5, 2014 and agreed on next steps to its completion, which will include a broad stakeholder consultation jointly organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium. More info
  • COAR participates in EC project OpenAIRE2020.COAR will be leading a "work package" as part of the European Commission’s OpenAIRE2020 project. The work will focus on aligning repository networks globally and build on our existing activities in this area. More info
    Land Portal Pioneers Linked Open Data for Land Governance. On the 10th of December 2014, 'the Land Portal launched an innovative and collaborative Open Data platform that combines data about land issues from diverse and credible sources around the world, enabling easy data exploration, manipulation and customization. More info
    Explore and create with Open Data: Highlighting data applications from the latest Global Hunger IndexFor the past three years, the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger by region and country, has been published as Linked Open Data (LOD). More info
    Second Review Meeting of the SemaGrow Project. The 2nd Review Meeting took place in Luxemburg on Friday, the 12th Dec 2014 between the European Commission and the SemaGrow Consortium. More info

Conferences and Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

The following webinars are on schedule and/or an plan,

  • TBA. Research Metrics and Almetrics in light of Open Access, by  Hugo Besemer from the University of Wageningen
  • March 2015. The HIMALDOC Webinar, by Anil Kumar Jha and Anja Møller Rasmussen from HIMALDOC


What is ScratchPads ? Scratchpads is an online virtual research environment for biodiversity, allowing anyone to share their data and create their own research networks.

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"all content can now be queried through SPARQL queries and retrieved as RDF triples" an interview with Antonella Picarella

Antonella Picarella is a Content Management System Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations where she develops and manages the AgriDrupal and its community of users (together with Valeria Peche). In the last 5 years, she has worked on tools in managing and exchanging information between systems mainly in Drupal CMS. The AIMS Editorial team asked her for insight into the development of AgriDrupal and its community.

Read the interview "all content can now be queried through SPARQL queries and retrieved as RDF triples " 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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