|Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)
no. 5, October 2011
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AIMS in Action
AgriOcean DSpace. ASFA Advisory Board Meeting
Open Access. Open Access Week events in Peru
OpenAGRIS. AGRIS RDF 2005-2011 published
More at Communities
France. 3rd IC3K
Germany. LISC 2011
Ghana. Open Access Africa 2011
India. INSEE Seminar
Online event. Library 2.011
Russian Federation. RCDL'2011
Turkey. MTSR 2011
United Republic of Tanzania. 37th IAMSLIC
USA. Berlin 9
USA. VuStuff II
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Spreading and exchanging agricultural information is a critical issue to allow researchers and other stakeholders to access and use the knowledge in the agricultural sector. The AGRIS team proposes a new approach that allows to merge and integrate all information available on the Web about a specific agricultural topic by the usage of the most modern Linked Open Data technologies. Leveraging on its previous work on AGRIS, a public domain database with nearly 3 million structured bibliographical records on agricultural science, the team developed a Semantic Web platform, OpenAgris, which aggregates information extracted from the Web, providing as much data as possible about a topic or a bibliographical resource.
The main problem with AGRIS records is that the information they provide, like title and author, is not necessarily all what the user is looking for. Users often look for example for the full text or for information related to the main topics of the resource. To solve this issue, the AGRIS team became part of the LOD cloud, translated the AGRIS repository to RDF, a language for expressing data models using statements expressed as triples (subject, predicate, and object), and published it on the Web. This way they created the possibility to query other datasets and extract and integrate other useful information related to AGRIS records. The team defined two different RDF datasets: the AGRIS records dataset (the direct translation of AGRIS records to RDF), and the AGRIS journals dataset (82.11% of AGRIS records are journal articles).
The data flow of OpenAgris is very easy: starting from the resource requested by the user, OpenAgris queries the Agrovoc RDF repository to extract keywords for the specific resource and relationships to other datasets, such as DBPedia. If the resource is a journal article, the engine queries the AGRIS journals dataset, obtaining information about the journal, related articles not only from the same journal but also about the same topics. This process can be extended to all areas of interest of the linked open data cloud, obtaining all possible types of information about the specific resource and its main topics.
DC-2011, the eleventh International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, took place at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague from 21 through 23 September 2011. The AIMS team presented the paper Thesaurus Alignment for Linked Data Publishing on the Linked Data version of AGROVOC with reliable links to other thesauri, following a procedure that is fully replicable. In addition the team presented the poster 'Metadata Approaches for Shareable and LOD-enabled Bibliographic Data from Open Repositories' and was one of the convenors of the workshop Vocabulary management and alignment session. The workshop explored the scope and nature of vocabulary management issues.
AIMS has started a collaboration with Electronic Information for Libraries(EIFL), especially with its Public Library Innovation Programme(PLIP). PLIP helps public libraries in developing countries to use ICT to provide innovative community services. One of their main focus areas is agriculture. AIMS will disseminate through news and blog entries PLIP’s important work in the field. EIFl from its side is very interested in deepening the FAO-EIFL relationship and will communicate to their public library community what is happening at AIMS. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) is an international not-for-profit organisation based since 2009 in Europe that partners with libraries and library consortia in more than 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Its goal: enable access to digital information to contribute to sustainable economic and social development.
The module provides an implementation of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) for Drupal with support for CCK content types and their fields to expose content (metadata) and be accessible by OAI harvesters. The module is a re-factoring of the oai2cck module available on drupal.org, which is not actively maintained and produced some invalid output. Now the module allows to expose data also in AGRIS AP: in the Agridrupal platform this works out of the box with the DLIO content type and no customizations are needed. If you want to use the AGRIS AP feature in any Drupal installation, you need to install the DLIO content type (available as a feature in few days on our ftp). We are working on a new version of this module to make it more flexible and usable out of box with any kind of content type and fields, as it works for Dublin Core.
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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Krishan J. Bheenick
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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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