Benefits of AGRIS AP over simple DC in OAI environment

In the OAI scenario, to establish good services we have to keep in mind the “garbage in, garbage out” principle. Quality services are those that provide the users with good search and browse functionalities, where the user is served as precise results to her query as possible. Given that we try our best in our own environments (individual organizations) to create best quality metadata, it becomes important to assure a level of quality in a shared environment.

I am posting here a document that argues that to have high quality value-added services, we need more than just simple Dublin Core and that a possible solution could be the AGRIS Application Profile.

Read more: Benfits of AGRIS AP over Simple DC 

Gauri Salokhe



  1. My name is Neil Godfrey and I am working as a metadata specialist with a repository support project in Australia (RUBRIC) and would greatly appreciate any feedback here.

    I am currently working on a project to assist the Australian government to establish a repository for its national agricultural research and publications and am wondering about the value of including AGRIS-AP in the crosswalks for the data.

    To what extent is AGRIS-AP is currently used internationally?

    What is the latest re harvesters equipped to handle AGRIS-AP?

    Also, is there any similar AP equivalent in existence for natural resources, parks and reserves etc?

    And finally a tech question:

    Regarding the AGRIS-AP element set page at . . .

    Am I correct in understanding that this is a recommendation for how data should be entered? If so: …..

    The affiliation is separated from the creator’s name by a space and is enclosed in parentheses.

    How does this affect crosswalking requirements and OAI Dublin Core harvesting? Does the affiliation always remain part of the name value? Or does a stylesheet recognize the space and parenthesis to code out the affiliation for more granular data migration and harvest?

    Similarly, in the article “Benefits of AGRIS AP over simple DC”, in the section describing the Creator information (p. 3/5 in the pdf), the illustration shows that first listed ags.creatorCorporate is “dumbed down” into parentheses beside the value for the personal creator, yet the second listed ags.creatorCorporate is kept distinct. What is going on here? Is there some magic being worked by a stylesheet that tells it to “dumb down” like this — or am I missing something else basic?

    Many thanks,
    Neil Godfrey

    RUBRIC Website:
    USQ Website:

  2. Gauri Salokhe said

    Dear Neil,

    Thank you for the comment. I will try to answer your questions here.

    1) To what extent is AGRIS-AP is currently used internationally?
    – The AGRIS AP is currently used by ALL AGRIS resource centres. These are National Agricultural libraries, Agricultural organizations etc. ( It has also been adopted by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research ( and Global Forestry Information System ( It is also basis for our vision of agricultural information management in the future (

    2) What is the latest re harvesters equipped to handle AGRIS-AP?
    We are currently working on this.

    3) Also, is there any similar AP equivalent in existence for natural resources, parks and reserves etc?
    For the moment not because the idea is for document-like information objects, instead of creating different APs, we should try to incorporate different schemes into the current AP. Thus, for example, if the subject keywords should come from Thesauri or Classification schemes from the domain of natural resources, these can be added to the AGRIS AP.

    4) Re: affiliation
    My colleague Ms. Irene Onyancha will answer you in a separate email.

    5) Re: magic. 🙂
    It’s simply a mistake! Thank you for pointing it out.

    The correct transformation should be:
    Ghamray, M.
    Soil, Water and Environment Research Institute (SWERI)
    Central Laboratory for Agricultural Expert System (CLAES)
    The Second International Conference on Informatics and Systems March-6-8, Cairo, Egypt. (INFOS2004), 2004, Cairo (Egypt)

    I will correct the document.

    Hope this helps,

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