Archive for Taskforce Meeting March 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: 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: Gauri Salokhe


Dear all,

I will follow the lead from Hugo and introduce myself!  I am currently working as Information Management Officer at FAO.  I am member of the group working on metadata standards and have been strongly involved in the development of the Agricultural Metadata Element Set (AgMES) , which is also the basis for the AGRIS Application Profile.  During the Expert Consultation in Rome (October 2005) we launched the Agricultural Information Management Standards Website with the aim of providing a one-stop access to standards, tools and methodologies for efficient design of agricultural information systems.

I look forward to meeting all of you in Wageningen and in following up on the various streams of discussion we had in Rome and currently taking place on the blog.

I am looking forward to meeting you all soon.


Gauri Salokhe

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Please allow to introduce myself: Hugo Besemer

Hugo Besemer

Dear all,

It was suggested that participants of the Agriscontent face-to-face meeting should introduce themselves. My name is Hugo Besemer. I am working with Johannes to moderate the Agriscontent group, and will do so during the meeting. By training I am an entomologist. Since the mid eighties I am involved with agricultural information, and wrote a first AGRIS input manual(that was never published) with a pen in 1984. I am part-time with Wageningen University, and part-time a consultant for international organisations, for example as content co-ordinator of an IMARK module.

I hope this meeting will bring us closer to practical activities. That is what we said about previous meetings as well but I think we are in a better position now, if I look at recent discussions .

Looking forward to see you all

Hugo Besemer

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How CIRAD stands vis-à-vis the Open Archives projects


At the local level

CIRAD’s database, AGRITROP

AGRITROP is CIRAD’s bibliographic and full text database.


AGRITROP is composed of references associated with full text (when it exists) of all CIRAD’s publications (books, book chapters, conference proceedings, conference communications, journal articles, training courses, pictures) and of the books available in CIRAD’s libraries.


AGRITROP uses the AGRIS/CARIS categorization scheme and the French AGROVOC thesaurus to index its data.


AGRITROP is based on the library information system LORIS/DORIS which is a commercial software developed by a private French company EVER. LORIS/DORIS is not OAI compliant.

UNIMARC is the format of AGRITROP.


Outputs from AGRITROP

CIRAD hasn’t supplied AGRIS with AGRITROP data for several years.

Because AGRITROP isn’t OAI compliant, CIRAD has to extract publications lists from AGRITROP and then display them on the Internet ( so that references and full text can be indexed and retrieved by search engines like Google and Google Search.


Data from AGRITROP could be exported in a XML format but the output and process are complex and can’t easily be used to export data according to DC or AGRIS AP.



At the national level

CIRAD’s participation in the national Open Archive

CIRAD has been participating since 2006 in the national Open Archive HAL (Hyper Article on Line) which is hosted and managed by CNRS (the National Scientific Research Center).

HAL was initially designed to host scientific publications which are accepted by peer-review journals.

HAL covers a wide range of scientific areas from mathematics and physics (HAL is linked to Arxiv) to medicine (HAL will soon be linked to PubMed), psychology and agronomy.

HAL is harvested by Google and Google Scholar.


Our main concern with HAL is that it is not intended to host unconventional literature (technical documents, activity and expert reports, unpublished communications). Its classification scheme isn’t a conventional one and its keywords aren’t controlled.



CIRAD’s database isn’t OAI compliant and is not directly available through OAI harvesters and search engines like Google and Google Scholar.

Although CIRAD participates in the national Open Archive HAL, it can’t use HAL to promote CIRAD unconventional publications which form the greater part of CIRAD’s literature.


Furthermore, the agronomic field is a minor subject in HAL which isn’t based on a well established classification scheme (like the AGRIS/CARIS) nor as a controlled vocabulary (like AGROVOC).



CIRAD’s requirements in order to participate at the international level

The best option for CIRAD, in terms of access to its publications, would be to set up an institutional repository based on OAI standard and controlled vocabularies (ISI subjects for scientific classification, AGRIS/CARIS for applied research fields and AGROVOC for keywords).

This repository would accept any type of publication (from peer review articles to technical documents) in order to give access on the Internet to unconventional literature produced by CIRAD’s researchers.


What CIRAD thinks of AGRIS AP

It is essential for our repository to use a standard and as complete as possible a metadata set. Moreover, it is essential that CIRAD’s publications can be harvested, searched, retrieved and read on the Internet according to standard data. However, AGRIS AP is a little too heavy and complicated for exporting data easily in a XML format.

What we need is a simplified metadata set from AGRIS AP which would be processed by service providers, like the one FAO proposes to set up for the AGRIS network and the international agronomic research community.


MC Deboin 19/01/2007



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Draft Agenda for AGRIS Content Management Taskforce

The draft agenda for the meeting of the AGRIS content management taskforce has been published at All task force members, may comment the draft agenda

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