Tools and Methods for Sharing Knowledge: The CGIAR's Wiki Approach

I was recently interviewed by Gerry Toomey, a freelance writer based in Canada, on behalf of CGIAR’s Knowledge Sharing Project. The interview was in context of my participation on the online Knowledge Sharing Workshop organized by CGIAR’s ICT-KM project last March. The article highlights the collaborative efforts of the participants in developing a “Knowledge Sharing Toolkit“. Read the full article at:

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Organizations currently registered on AgriFeeds.

Organizations registered at AgriFeeds (as of 11/01/2008) are:

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
  • Interamerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA)
  • International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • National Agricultural Library (NAL)
  • Wageningen UR
  • World Food Program of the United Nations (WFP)

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AgriFeeds: Web feeds please…

We have recently published “AgriFeeds” as a service to study and provide aggregation of news and events feeds in the domain of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and related subject areas. Although a feasibility study, the idea it to provide a one-stop access point to agricultural news and events, possibility to filter them based on certain filter criteria such as:

The site is part of a “feasibility” study to see the nature of news/events feeds and promotes the Ag-Event Application Profile for sharing event information. All comments and suggestions on its improvement are appreciated!

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Semantic Web does not need OWL?

At a recent conference in Corfu Jorge Cardoso from University of Madeira gave a keynote summarizing a report which will appear in the IEE Intelligent Systems. The report titled The Semantic Web Vision: Where are We? basically is a result of a survey which was conducted between December 2006 and January 2007 of approximately 627 participants.

Most interestingly, the report concludes that:

“the large majority of ontologies developed are rather small. It shows that the Semantic Web does not even need OWL and can achieve important objectives such as data-sharing and data-integration using just RDF alone. “

Interestingly enough, the first day’s keynote speaker, Grigoris Antoniou from University of Crete and FORTH, also stressed that although rules are needed to further exploit the real strength of ontologies, lot can already be done by RDF(s).

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Project Metadata

GFAR, FAO and WISARD have started to work on Project Metadata. All the up to date information on the expected work and outputs is available from the AGRISCONTENT Wiki!

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AOS workshop agenda

The agenda of the 8th AOS workshop is available from the AIMS website. The agenda boasts a great line-up of presentations on Ontology and Metadata Tools, Methodologies and Tools for Ontology creation and Community Building.

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AGROVOC E-Conference: understanding the users

The purpose of the E-conference is to gather requirements for further AGROVOC enhancement directly from the AGROVOC user community, in order to analyze and incorporate those needs in the medium to long term plan and strategy, for the most used Agricultural thesaurus since 1980. AGROVOC is one of the resources that FAO are using in the NeOn Over-fishing Alerts Case Study.

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The E-Conference has been a great success. A total of 43 countries are represented in the Conference. From the list of those who registered, over 55% are from Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Central and South America.

Read a recent article about the Conference on the NeOn Website.

Full report will be made available to everyone via the AIMS website.

Gauri Salokhe, FAO.


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