The Global Ard Web Ring NewPresentation Transcript
The Global ARD Web RING “ a web R oadmap to I nformation N odes and G ateways that share information related to agricultural research and innovation for development (ARD)”
Why a Roadmap
The limited available agriculture-related information on the Internet is widely scattered and not organized for easy, efficient and effective access.
HTML Surveys Data entry Database HTML Surveys Data entry Database HTML Users
Why a Roadmap
Complex information needs for agricultural development through research and innovation cannot be met by simply making information available.
HTML HTML HTML Users HTML HTML HTML We need to know if a certain technology has been used in a specific country and in a dryland area for a specific crop and if there are related projects completed or ongoing, who id funding them and where we can find the project outputs TECA Best practices Country profiles CARIS WISARD AGRIS HTML Country NARS HTML ICARDA HTML AiDA HTML Crop database HTML OPACs
Value added services needed
There is a need for value added information services that enable to search, collate and integrate information from various sources to meet user needs , improve access to the information and enable its effective use
CARIS / WISARD Users We need to know if a certain technology has been used in a specific country and in a dryland area for a specific crop and if there are related projects currently ongoing and where we can find the project outputs TECA Best practices Country profiles AGRIS Country NARS ICARDA AiDA Crop database OPACs Geo-ontology Crop ontology Organizations Directory Node Gateway Agrovoc Info service
Need for cooperation and orientation
The gigantic task of providing agricultural information globally cannot be done by a few actors and cannot be done without being aware of what others have done and do
The Web RING wants to provide an orientating service for the existing initiatives in order to facilitate and speed up the process towards advanced integrated value-added services for the users
The Web RING service
The Web RING will monitor existing services and initiatives through a registry of:
adhering initiatives and projects
compliant information services
value-added services implemented within the framework
The Web RING will categorize and interlink the featured services according to criteria based on: standards used, vocabulary used, technology used, protocols used, level of interoperability etc. and will feature detailed instructions on how to interoperate the featured services
The Web R.I.N.G. target user
The end-users of the this Roadmap are not the users looking for ARD information, but the users looking for existing services which they can leverage for building more advanced and value-added information services
Example Web RING record : AgriFeeds
Name : AgriFeeds
Short description : AgriFeeds is the Agricultural News and Events Aggregator. The service harvests news and events from the registered source feeds and allows browsing and filtering of the aggregated news. Custom views of news / events can be displayed by using the filtering forms and users can subscribe to these views as feeds.
URL : http://www.agrifeeds.org
Creator (repeatable) - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Natins (FAO) - Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)
Maintainer (repeat.) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Natins (FAO)
Contact email: [email_address]
Date of creation 01/10/2007
Instructions : ...
Constraints : tested browsers: IE 6+, Mozilla...,
Thematic coverage : agriculture
Geographic coverage : global
IO coverage (Information Objects): news, events
Standard compliance: INPUT
metadata set(s): R SS, Ag-Event AP, RSS event module
format / syntax / notation: XML
controlled vocabulary(ies): - FAO Technical Knowledge Classification Scheme - ISO Country Codes - FAO Country Names and Regions
controlled vocabularie(s) - FAO Thematic Knowledge Classification - ISO Country Codes - FAO Country Names and Regions
protocol(s) / architecture(s) : RSS
The architecture The ARD Web RING will provide a directory and an advanced map of existing information services gateways websites or systems that enable value added access to networks or “nodes” of ARD related digital/electronic information through such facilities as search engines, indexes, catalogues, classifications, aggregators, digests etc. or nodes websites or systems that may either store and maintain ARD related information or just consume information from other systems
Examples of featured services
The global Directories (organizations, projects etc.) now under development in the context of the Content Management Taskforce (CMTF) of CIARD
Services that provide RSS feeds or even more specialized XML or RDF exports of information based on agreed metadata sets
Services that provide advanced web services to dynamically generate RSS feeds or XML or RDF exports of information
Services that share their documents participating in the new AGRIS or in the Open Archive Initiative, possibly using common or mapped vocabularies
Examples of featured services (2)
Services that offer a common browsing or searching interface to different sources.
Services that interface the different knowledge organization systems (KOS) used by the various sources
Integrated services linking entities (organizations, projects, experts, documents) through hyperlinks and relations
Services providing advanced services like digests, bibliographies, best practices, surveys etc.
A logo will be designed that can be used by all featured services to label and indicate their inclusion in the Global ARD Web Ring.
The CIARD Content Management Task Force and the related communities working on standards and protocols will provide the guidelines and technical specifications for making services interoperable
The GFAR Secretariat will initially maintain the registry of services that are participating in the Global ARD Web Ring.
GFAR will organize workshops for advocacy and capacity building on how to effectively participate in the Web RING
The goal of the Web RING
The goal the Web RING expects to serve is
a network of high quality, integrated information services that meet the needs of the agricultural research and development community and which enables this community to share information, knowledge, skills and technology for agricultural development The information services will be free and publicly available, thus constituting Global Public Goods that can be leveraged by any organization, person or information service .
We invite all actors managing agriculture-related information to coordinate efforts and make their services known through the Web RING mechanism within CIARD