Archive for February, 2007

Presentations from the task-force meeting

All the presentations from the TF meeting in Wageningen are now available online from the AGRISContent Wiki :

 Gauri Salokhe


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Introduction: Joost Lieshout

Hi. I’m Joost Lieshout (41).

After I got my degree fromWageningen University I worksed for two years at the Dutch Fruit Reseach Station to develop a computer model for predicting apple ripeness for early varieties. Then I Joined CIMMYT Mexico and worked for four years on the development of the International Ccrop Information System for handling genetic and evaluation data.

On my return to the Netherlands six years ago I started a consultancy (WIS International) providing input (expertise and services/tools) in Ag. Dev. Information Projectcs. I have been working intensively with various networks in developing countries to develop e.g. WISARD/InfoSARD and its sister services providing low level publishing access for projects, institutions, experts and so on.

It became very quickly clear to me that information sharing for the benefit of the poor was and still is not only caused by ‘weak’ networks, but also by the ‘lack of proper guidance’ on how to organize information available. Together with Wageningen International we joined the coherence movement and try to work together with whoever wants to work with us to develop some of the standards and methods needed for effective information dissemination.

I’m thankfull to be in this position and I hope to have fruitfull discussions with you during the Wageningen meeting.

— Joost.

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Introduction: Philip Edge

My name is Philip Edge and I work for CABI in the UK. I was originally a research biologist (the nitrogen nutrition of microalgae), but then moved into scholarly publishing. For many years (first in physics and then back to biology with CABI) I worked as a book and journal publisher. As the internet started to impact on publishing I was involved more and more with delivering published products in digital formats. By the time I came to work for CABI we started to deliver everything, including the CAB Abstracts database, over the internet.

In recent years I have worked in CABI’s Information for Development programmes with a particular interest in information provision to developing countries and how to achieve  impact along the whole knowledge chain from researchers and policy makers to farmers. I’ll be representing CABI at the meeting from both perspectives – as a publisher and information disseminator, and as a development organization. 

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Introduction: John Fereira


My name is John Fereira. I am a programmer analyst/technology strategist at Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University. Mann Library is the Cornell Agricultural library. A couple of weeks ago an invitation was sent to us by Johannes Keizer and after a couple of quick meetings it was decided that I would be the best candidate from our department to attend the Face-2-Face meeting in Wageningen.

This is not the first time that we have collaborated with FAO. Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending meetings in Rome to help kick off the Agora ( I was involved in several of the initial design decisions but became involved in another large project in collaboration with the USDA ( and one of my collegues took over the development of the Agora system.

One of the areas in which I hope to bring my recent experience in to the table is the area of project collaboration. I am currently collaborating on a project as a developer that includes several people from the central IT (CIT) department at Cornell (this is the first time there has been any significant collaboration between the library and CIT) along with developers from three other educational institutions. I have also been involved with several community open source projects, primarily JA-SIG:, where I am the acting webmaster for the organization, documentation coordinator for one of the sub-projects, and have served on the planning committe for the last three semi-annual conferences.

I have also worked with the international agriculture community somewhat recently when I did a scoping study paper for a Cereal Systems Knowledge Portal for CIMMYT and IRRI.

I’ll cut this short for know and save the rest of my introduction for our meeting.

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Introduction: Valeria Pesce

Valeria Pesce (GFAR)

Dear all,

my name is Valeria Pesce and I am working for the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) as webmaster and information officer.

Ajit Maru, who is responsible for ICM at GFAR and whom you all know, cannot come to the Agriscontent meeting due to previous engagements and I am coming in his stead.

I have been collaborating with FAO in a project on the definition of a standard exchange format for basic metadata about organizations, together with Gauri Salokhe and Joost Lieshout who will also be present at this Agriscontent meeting.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Wageningen,


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Introduction:Ahmed Rafea

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Introduction: Johannes Keizer

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