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Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA): Helping Build the Global Research Community

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The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the AGORA programme for interested institutions in eligible countries.The webinar will present AGORA, a program to provide free or low cost …

The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the AGORA programme for interested institutions in eligible countries.The webinar will present AGORA, a program to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries.The webinar addresses researchers, information management specialists, (agricultural) journal editors, and other people interested in access to journal literature in the global south.

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  • 1. Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA): Helping Build the Global Research Community Florence Robertson, Kristin Kolshus and Johannes Keizer, FAO AIMS webinar 29 May 2014
  • 2.  AGORA is one of four programmes comprising Research4Life, a public private partnership for development.  AGORA is an Internet portal collection that provides free or low cost access to major scientific journals, databases and Internet resources in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences, provided by the world’s leading science publishers  AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world. www.aginternetwork.org In 2000, WHO surveyed developing country researchers to discover their highest information priority – access to subscription journals.
  • 3. Research4Life Programmes AGORA: www.aginternetwork.org  Launched 2003 by FAO and Cornell  80 publishers: 5,300 journals and 4,200 books  2,400 institutions registered for access Agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science, and related subjects. Food and Agriculture Organization, Cornell University Mann Library, + 80 publishers HINARI: www.who.int/hinari Launched 2001 by WHO, 6 founding publishers and Yale University 270 publishers: 1,300 journals and 29,000 books 5,600 institutions registered for access Medicine, nursing, and related health and social sciences, including journals in library science and multiple languages. World Health Organization, Yale University Library, + 270 publishers
  • 4. Research4Life Programmes OARE: www.unep.org/oare  Launched 2006 by UNEP and Yale  2600 institutions registered  85 publishers: 5,600 journals, 14,000 books Disciplines contributing to our understanding of the natural environment. United Nations Environment Programme, Yale University, 85 STM publishers ARDI: www.wipo.int/ardi  Launched 2009 by WIPO  12 publishers: 3,800 journals, 16,000 books  250 institutions registered  Particular focus on applied science and technology. WIPO, 12 major scientific and technical publishers
  • 5. Eligibility and Target Audiences R4L  Research and teaching universities  National research organizations, government offices and ministries (agriculture, environment, forestry, health, research, etc.)  Publicly funded and not-for-profit agencies (including hospitals, health treatment centers, etc.)  National libraries  Extension centers, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) All staff members and students of a registered institution are entitled to have access to the information resources. Focal point: librarian.
  • 6. Eligibility for AGORA and R4L Group A: Free access. UN Least Developed Country List; Human Development Index ≤ 0.50; Gross National Income per capita ≤ US$1600 Group B: Low cost access: Gross National Income ≤ US 1 billion; Gross National Income per capita ≤ US$5000. Cost $1000 per institution per year (2014): gives access to the four R4L programmes; separate registrations needed. Income is invested in local training initiatives.
  • 7. Registration for AGORA and R4L http://registration.research4life.org/ Only one registration is required per institution. Your institution may already be registered: ask your librarian. Your institution can register for multiple R4L programmes.
  • 8.  Food and Agriculture Organization, Cornell University Mann Library, 80 publishers  Launched in 2003  2,400 institutions now registered  5,300 journals and 4,200 e-books offered from 80 publishers  Agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science, and related subjects  Special version of CAB Abstracts (covers 80% of journals in AGORA) www.aginternetwork.org
  • 9. Objectives of AGORA  Increase access to high-quality, relevant literature in agriculture  Improve the quality and effectiveness of education and training.  Improve food security  Improve research in agriculture and related sciences
  • 10. AGORA Is Like Your Library Registered users can…  Browse the collection, just like in a current periodical room  Search for journals in a specific subject area, like departmental libraries  Track down a citation if you have one  Use CAB Abstracts as a powerful tool for discovery Note: Anyone can browse AGORA’s collection of journals without logging in and get to the publishers’ websites and abstracts of journal articles. However, only students, faculty and staff at eligible, registered institutions can access full-text articles.
  • 11. If login is not completed, this reminder will appear - the access to journals is limited In the ‘All Items’ display for ‘M’, the green box equals access. The white box with the ! equals no access.
  • 12. In the ‘All Items’ display for ‘M’, the green box equals access. The white box with the ! equals no access. If login is not completed, this reminder will appear - the access to journals is limited
  • 13. Journal Access  AGORA only gives access to a certain subset of a publisher’s journals though all journals are listed on the publisher’s website. The journals with full-text access indicated may not apply to you.  For full-text journal articles:  Users’ institutions must be registered  Users must log in using institutional user name and password.  Which publishers are offering access to registered users? http://agora.aginternetwork.org/content/en/country_offer.php  AGORA log in does not give access to all services offered on publishers’ websites.
  • 14. Access Questions  See www.aginternetwork.org/en/help/faq.html  Contact your Librarian or  Contact the AGORA team with any questions or comments.  Could you please describe the problems? AGORA will not work without logging in.  What is the username and password you are using? (Case sensitive, no spaces)  What institution are you from?  Are you able to logon? Or do you get a "Failure to authenticate" message?  If you are able to log on, are you unable to access all journals or only certain journals? Some journals are only available in abstract form, you will see that list once logged on.  It may be a technical problem or firewall issue. Detailed information from you helps us investigate. We want/need to hear from users! agora@fao.org
  • 15. AGORA User Agreement  All registered institutions must sign a User Agreement covering:  Use of the AGORA password  Copyright and Fair Use  It is OK to:  Share AGORA username and password with colleagues, students, faculty in your institution.  Download or print up to 15% of a journal issue or book.  Use material for educational purposes (course packs or reserves) or make copies for institution members.  It is not OK to:  Share AGORA username and password outside your institution.  Post content to websites, or publish username and password online, or download all articles from a single issue.
  • 16.  The AGORA program is about opening access, and includes many open access materials, but is not itself an open access initiative. However, Open Access and AGORA need to be seen as complementary initiatives.  Our goal is to make scientific knowledge available throughout low and medium income countries.  We encourage “Gold open access” publishers to waive publishing fees for contributions from those countries. Many publishers now endorse (with some restrictions) "green open access" publishing through institutional repositories.  AGORA/R4L is another necessary tool to achieve our goal. It will not prevent more "open access" publishing. It will motivate open access publishing in low income countries.
  • 17. R4L Training and Outreach  Essential to the success of the programmes. Funded by Group B income and other funding sources. Train the trainer approaches  Courses include presentations, lectures, group discussions, product demos and hands-on practice, plus handouts  Online and CD-ROM training modules  Posters and leaflets in 6 languages  In-country and distance education training courses  Online training: www.aginternetwork.org/en/training/ and www.research4life.org/about/training-resources-for-users/  National workshops in Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. African training undertaken by ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa): www.itoca.org/node/81
  • 18. Access the Case Studies www.research4life.org/case-studies/stories-from-the-field/ and www.research4life.org/celebrating-the-unsung-heroes-librarians-and- research4life/
  • 19. Long Term Vision R4L programmes  All stakeholders committed to support the programs beyond the 2015 horizon. Core to the MDGs – education, health, food, environment  Better research; updated curriculum  Research-based policy decisions  More effective medical treatment, agricultural and environmental interventions  Connections to international scientific community  Reduced "publishing gap" & improved locally-produced journals  Ongoing plan to address the challenges and ensure a long term legacy of research in developing countries  ULTIMATELY--Improved food security, environment and health
  • 20. Looking for More Information? HINARI  www.who.int/hinari  hinari@who.int AGORA  www.aginternetwork.o rg  agora@fao.org OARE  www.unep.org/oare  oare@oaresciences.o rg ARDI  www.wipo.int/ardi/en  ardi@wipo.int www.research4life.org
  • 21. We welcome your feedback

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