AIMS Newsletter no. 37, February 2015

Focus on AGRIMetaMaker

AGRIMetaMaker is a web form or tool, based on the Drupal Content Management System, to generate metadata as easily as possible. AGRIMetaMaker (AMM) allows the AGRIS data provider community to generate high quality metadata using AGROVOC Web Services in a few simple steps. It does not require any installation, maintenance or updates and is suitable to index documents. AGRIMetaMaker does not allow one to create a personal catalogue, but only to produce new references  that can be easily published in AGRIS. If one needs to create a local repository , the best option is to select a tool that meets their needs, like AgriDrupal. AMM was designed for data providers with no document management system.

The main features of AGRIMetaMaker is a cataloguing interface that provides metadata elements present in AGRIS AP. AGRIMetaMaker supports AGROVOC, AGRIS Subject Categories, authority control for journals, authors and corporate bodies. To create bibliographic records using the tool, log in with your credentials to the AGRIS website, on the top frame click “Data Entry Form”and start to create your record. Just fill in as many fields as necessary to describe your document, save the reference and your bibliographic data will be published in AGRIS. See this tutorial for more information.  

Currently, there are 58 institutions using AMM to contribute data to the AGRIS repository. The AMM has been on demand in the last 3 months, which saw 13 new users approved to access to the web form. AMM has proven to be an efficient method for creating and indexing (using AGROVOC) journals’ articles references and, where applicable, some users have even abandoned library systems (such as WebAGRIS) and opted for this easier and smoother means to generate metadata to be indexed at While others have implemented an OAI-PMH repository that can be harvested by AGRIS. Using AGRIMetaMaker is one of the many available options to send data to AGRIS. Kindly review this webinar How you can contribute data to AGRIS? and consult also the following pages.

Highlights from the community

  • PubAg: NAL Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research. The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.More info
  • CfP:Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD). The Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) article collection will be a platform for authors to share their original research findings, initiatives, case studies, perspectives and opinions relating to Open Knowledge initiatives within all areas in the context of agriculture, agri-food and agro-biodiversity. More info
  • New feature in AGRIS: multilingual search. AGRIS team is pleased to announce a new feature available in the AGRIS Web site : the multilingual search. The final goal is to allow users to query the AGRIS database in their own language, retrieving also results in different languages.More info
  • India’s Science and Technology Outputs are Now Under Open Access. The two departments (Department of Biotechnology [DBT] and Department of Science and Technology [DST]) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India  unveiled Open Access Policy to all its funded research. More info
  • VocBench Sandbox with AGROVOC upgraded to version 2.2.The Sandbox of VocBench (VB) with AGROVOC has been upgraded to VocBench 2.2. More info 
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Publishes Interoperability Roadmap. The roadmap comes as scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review. More info
  • New AGORA website now online. The AGORA team announced the launch of the new AGORA Web site at  on the 9th of February 2015. The new site includes links to the newly updated AGORA training materials and the new Research4Life training portal. More info
  • ADB Adopts Open Access for its Development Research. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has made all its economic and development research on Asia and the Pacific available under open access, a principle that promotes unrestricted online access to scholarly research so that it can be more widely distributed and used. More info

Conferences and Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

The following webinars are on schedule ,


What is a Dereferenceable URI ? When an HTTP client can look up a URI using the HTTP protocol and retrieve a description of the resource, it is called a dereferenceable URI. Dereferenceable URIs applies to URIs that are used to identify classic HTML documents and URIs that are used in the Linked Data context [COOL-SWURIS] to identify real-world objects and abstract concepts.

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"AGRIMetaMaker : a very useful tool in providing metadata to the AGRIS Database" 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. Antonella also technically maintains the AGRIMetaMaker (AMM) tool that is used by AGRIS Data Providers to send their records to AGRIS. The AIMS Editorial team asked Antonella (and the AGRIS team) three brief questions on AGRIMetaMaker and  below she shares her views.

Read the interview "AGRIMetaMaker : a very useful tool in providing metadata to the AGRIS Database " found in the AIMS Interviews section.

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