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Repository Development Case Studies

Institutional repositories provide an infrastructure for exposing online local research outputs to a wider audience. In the agricultural domain, AIMS recommends communities to adopt established metadata standards when creating repositories and also that these repositories use controlled vocabularies in indexing their contents.

Document repositories have been created around the world within the AIMS Community, for example KAINet in Kenya, OpenAgri in India, and Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) in Bangladesh. Furthermore, in 2010, a survey was carried out to understand the state of open repositories in agriculture with a focus to the technology and semantics used.

This section provides additional case studies of institutional repositories for the benefit communities in the agricultural domain. To share your institutional experience on Open Access to knowledge and scientific information in agriculture log on to AIMS Open Access Group of Interest or contact us at AIMS@fao.org.


National Science Library of Chinese Academic Science: Describing open conference resources using RDA model

The internet is flooded with a great quantity of conference information, proceedings and conference literature. Due to the distribution and the uneven quality of these Open Conference Resources (OCR), it is hard to use this information sufficiently. Therefore, Chengdu Branch of National Science Library of Chinese Academic Science (CB-NSL-CAS) implemented the Acquisition and Service System of...

AGORA celebrates 10th anniversary

On the 16th of September 2013, FAO and its partners celebrated the 10th anniversary of AGORA - Access to Global Online Research for Agriculture -a programme to provide free or low-cost access to a wealth of scientific literature to students, researchers and academics in some of the world's poorest countries.

'Open Access and Development: journals and beyond' a report review

In a recent publication, the Institute of Developmental Studies (IDS-UK) explores the links between Open Access and Development within the traditional models of scholarly communication and potential uses of open access in the context of the developing world.

The National Agricultural Information System/Network (NAIS)

The CIARD Movement has published a third use case, this time about the National Agricultural Information System/Network (NAIS) of Jordan. This case study describes NAIS and  provides a brief on progress towards openness of agricultural research for innovation, as expressed by the CIARD Manifesto and Checklist. It also highlights the lessons learned during its development and...

The Ghana Agricultural Information Network System (GAINS)

The CIARD Movement has published a report about the Ghana Agricultural Information Network System (GAINS). The report documents the local evidence and lessons learned on the ways in which public research outputs are made truly accessible to audiences in Ghana. This was done through exploration of reports, websites and semi-structured interviews, using the CIARD Checklist and Framework for...

Institutional Repository Development: A Case Study of KARI and KAINet

Institutional Repository Development: A Case Study of KARI and KAINet By Richard Kedemi Kenya Agricultural Research Institute   1. Introduction This paper is based on KAINet’s and KARI’s experience and lessons learnt with developing digital repositories using AgriDrupal and AgriOceanDspace. KAINet is a network originally made up of institutions that were on the Kenya AGRIS...

China's development of CIARD and RING for Agricultural Research Information

Recently the CIARD Movement has published online a series of case studies that describe the processes and experiences in the implementation of agricultural research information systems. The papers are about 30 pages each, and are very easy to read. From AIMS we will highlight each of them, starting with the case study that describes the implementation of China’s development of CIARD...