AIMS Newsletter no.58, January 2017

special call - free online course - a.s.i.r.a

access to scientific information resources in agriculture for low-income countries 

Dear Reader,

The free online course “Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (A.S.I.R.A) in low-income countries” is now open for registration !

Important dates for the course registration: 11 -  27 January, 2017.

Announcement of selected participants: 3 February, 2017.

This course is delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) of the United Nations in collaboration with Research4Life.

The course is designed to serve the needs of researchers, librarians and students who are operating in agricultural science in becoming familiar with academic publishing landscape, latest trends, and using scholarly information resources efficiently including the legal aspect of the field. In particular, attending the course will enable you to:

Identify your information needs

Identify relevant material types

Set up search strategies and use various search techniques

Evaluate information resources in agriculture

Search more efficiently on the internet

Avoid plagiarism

Cite correctly

Work with reference management

The course is open to anyone working in agricultural science related institution or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority will be given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries. Group A and Group B respectively. Those who pass the end of course exam successfully will be awarded with a course completion certificate.

       # ASIRA Online Course (Video) 

The course will be provided in English and will last four weeks starting from 13 February to 10 March 2017, for 6 hours per week (time commitment for participants). The course consists of 8 lessons, ranging from approximately 40 to 90 minutes, grouped into three units.

Participants will be provided with access to all of the relevant course materials as well as online discussion forums, live webinars on the topics, videos and additional materials.

At the end of the course, the participants will be asked to take an online exam. Those who pass the exam successfully will be awarded with a course completion certificate.

Applications must be submitted by January 27th 2017 to [email protected].

Please click here to download Registration form and Confirmation Letter form and to read about Candidate Selection Criteria and Requirements.

Online submission of the Registration Form is also accepted and there is no need to resubmit the soft copy to the given email address.

Post Scriptum: We need to trust people and their capacity to shape the future”, – Forest Whitaker


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LICENTIA: a web site to Choose the License for your Data…  

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Responsible Data Science. Ensuring Fairness, Accuracy, Confidentially, Transparency (FACT) ... 

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CAPSELLA project: collaborating for knowledge and linking communities ... 

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Open Scolarly Initiative ... 

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FAIR’, ‘Data’, Open’,Smart’, Sustanaible’, buzzwords are actively fragmenting into different mission-related initiatives mainstreaming impact through activities, services and products, at a global level

Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, CABI, GODAN, CTA and Wageningen UR are partnering to organize the 3rd Workshop on Creating Impacts with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. The workshop will be hosted at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 13-15 February, 2017.

FAIR data ...

In January and February 2017 the DCC with partners will be running a number of workshops (in Amsterdam and Edinburg) that might be of your interest

Developing Research Data Management Services, 25 January 2017, Amsterdam

Supporting Open Research in Horizon 2020, 26 January 2017, Amsterdam

Building Capabilities for Research Data Infrastructure and Services, 20 February 2017, Edinburgh

How EUDAT Services could support FAIR data, 20 February 2017, Edinburgh

OpenAIRE services and tools for Open Research Data in H2020, 23 February 2017, Edinburgh

Essentials 4 Data Support: the Train-the Trainer version, 23 February 2017, Edinburgh

Towards an e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture (e-ROSA) project (2017-2018)

e-ROSA will provide guidance to EU policies by designing and laying the groundwork for a long-term programme aiming at achieving an e-infrastructure for open science in agriculture that would position Europe as a major global player at the forefront of research and innovation in this area.

smartAKIS: Smart Farming Thematic Network

An open call for providers of Smart Farming solutions, research projects and results is made to voluntarily feed the Inventory of Smart Farming Solutions, through filling in an online survey. This is your chance to have access to an open database that will outreach a big number of farmers and practitioners all over rope.

Benchmarking of farm productivity and sustainability performance

Curious about the potential for farmers and advisers to use farm benchmarking data and process to improve productivity and sustainability performance in agriculture? Then read this report produced by the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Benchmarking.


Learn about the SDGs in Action app that has been developed to highlight the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, global objectives expected to guide the actions of the international community over the next 15 years (2016-2030).


This handbook – published by Open Knowledge Foundation - introduces you to the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to do open.


This global map of standards - relevant to the exchange of agriculture and nutrition data - is the continuation of the FAO VEST Registry under the GODAN Action umbrella.  

Search/browse and contribute on the AIMS portal.


AQUASTAT is FAO's global water information system, developed by the Land and Water Division. It is the most quoted source on global water statistics. AQUASTAT collects, analyzes and disseminates data and information by country on water resources, water uses, agricultural water management... And much more!


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