AIMS participates in Open Access networks that promote the sharing of knowledge in agricultural research information. Since 1975, FAO has managed the AGRIS network, as an international initiative based on a collaborative network of institutions, whose aim is to promote free and open access to information on science and technology in agriculture and related subjects. The experiences of managing this network over the decades have enabled AIMS to contribute to other international, regional and national networks in the agricultural domain. These networks include AGRIS, VOA3R, OceanDocs, AGRORED, ZAR4DIN, and SADCWG.
- AGRIS Network – Currently, AGRIS Network is a global network of data providers creating a public domain database with a collection of over 2.8 million bibliographic records with more than 80% citations from scientific journals and 20% with links to full text documents. The AGRIS open archives and bibliographical databases cover the many aspects of agriculture, including forestry, animal husbandry, aquatic sciences and fisheries, and human nutrition, extension literature from over 100 participating countries. AGRIS Network group is available as a forum for discussion and collaboration among people involved or interested in the AGRIS Initiative.
- Virtual Open Access Agriculture and Aquaculture repository (VOA3R) is a European project financed by the European Union. The project is made up of 14 partners from 10 countries and with representatives from the FAO of the United Nations. The general objective of the VOA3R project is to improve the spread of European agriculture and aquaculture research results by using innovative approaches to sharing open access research products. The specific objectives and activities of VOA3R are listed here. VOA3R collaborates with AGRIS enlarging the network with new research institutions and quality content (read news item).
- AGRORED Peru is a national network to facilitate sharing of agricultural information amongst stakeholders in the agriculture in Peru. This initiative was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture in Peru, and AIMS provides to this network tools and methodologies that facilitates the sharing of information.
- ZAR4DIN - An initiative of the Zambia Agricultural Research for Development Information Network (ZAR4DIN) partners, providing news and updates on agricultural research, agriculture and rural development in Zambia. In March 2011, FAO facilitated a workshop on AgriDrupal as a tool for managing repositories and exchanging records among distributed repositories to the agricultural research communities in the ZAR4DIN network.
- KAINet - Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet) is an information network set up to promote information exchange among stakeholders in the agricultural sector drawn from universities, national research institutes, and the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya. This initiative was possible with the financial support from the Department of International Development (DFID) through the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). AIMS provided to this network AgriDrupal and methodologies to facilitate information sharing.
- GAINS -The Ghana Agricultural Information Network System was established in 1991 to revitalise the library and information system in the agricultural sector in Ghana. The rationale was to make information more accessible to research scientists, policy makers, extension agents to support sustainable agricultural development.