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Towards an architecture for open archive networks in Agricultural Sciences and Technology

The AGRIS Network is an international initiative based on a collaborative network of institutions, whose aim is to build a common and freely accessible information system for science and technology in agriculture and related subjects. The paper illustrates how the Open Access (OA) and the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) models can be used within the AGRIS Network as a means of solving the problems of information dissemination and exchange of agricultural research outputs. The AGRIS OA model promotes the availability of online content, such as that of grey literature which is not available through commercial distribution channels but significantly contributes to agricultural research and development. The lack of adequate information exchange possibilities between researchers in agricultural sciences and technology represents a significant weakness limiting the ability of researches to properly help address the issues of agricultural development. The OA model also promotes disseminating international, national and regional research output in a way that is highly visible thus removing the restrictions placed by the traditional scientific diffusion arising from print media. This paper presents the possibility to address the accessibility, availability and interoperability issues of exchanging agricultural research output. The paper also presents the needs for standards such as AGRIS Application Profile (AGRIS AP), an exchange standard and controlled vocabularies or subject-specific Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) as means of assuring quality of the shared information.

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  • [English]
  • [Chinese] <- Thank you to Zhong Wang for the translation!
  • [French] <- Thank you to Koda for the translation!
  • [Spanish] < Thank you to Franz Martin for the translation!

Your comments, feedback and suggestions are most appreciated.

Gauri Salokhe, FAO.


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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

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