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AgriVIVO. Fostering better networking and collaboration among researchers, research managers, practitioners, extensionists, information managers in agriculture


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    • 1. Fostering better networking and collaboration among researchers, research managers, practitioners, extensionists, information managers in agriculture Valeria Pesce, Jon Corson-Rikert, John Fereira, Johannes KeizerCornell UniversityGlobal Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    • 2. Part 1Background and rationale The connections between you and your potential collaborators can take many forms. They usually follow the well-understood patterns of affiliation, publication, participation, and funding, which may be often hidden.
    • 3. “Regional capacity development partnership is needed to [...] promote more effective regional and sub-regional collaborative research and networking to make better use of available resources and enhance capacity development in the smaller and weaker national systems”*“The convening role of Regional and Global Fora and their functions in the The GCARD sharing of knowledge and innovation between regions is crucial in Road Map facilitating capacity strengthening and networking of skills where required to support national development processes and hasten development through inter-regional learning”* * GFAR and CGIAR, 2011. The GCARD Road Map. Transforming Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Systems for Global Impact. Available on line at (
    • 4.  Fostering collaboration and synergy through greater awareness Reducing duplication of research Determining strategic trends based on strengths and weaknesses of the network Identifying missing expertise Improving responsiveness to calls for proposals Facilitating team formation Providing a marketing tool for research Jon Corson-Rikert
    • 5. How easy is it today for a researcher, a research manager or a practitioner to identify / discover: • his/her potential best collaborators all over the world for a project • a person with an answer to his/her question • an organization running a project on a specific area of research • an organization funding projects in a specific area of research • all the publications written by a potential collaborator • numbers or geographic distribution of available competencies or ongoing projects
    • 6. Personal connections Conferences Knowledge networksInstitutionalHR databaseand onlinedirectories
    • 7.  Going beyond serendipity  Gathering information systematically  Focusing on sources providing data by discipline, organization, or topic  Providing context ▪ More opportunities for connection ▪ Bridging gaps Discovering what is happening and who does what through meaningful relationships
    • 8.  Going beyond closed communities and directories  Search several communities / directories  Share people profiles, affiliations, competencies, publications across communities Now Better networking IAALD community CIARD RINGGFAR Nationaldatabases database of YPARD experts AIMS community CG Map e-agriculture community
    • 9. Part 2 Why VIVO?From Cornell to the VIVO network to AgriVIVO
    • 10. Research & ExpertiseAcross Cornell VIVO is a research-focused discovery tool that enables collaboration among scientists across all disciplines at Cornell University. VIVO supports browsing or searching information on people, departments, courses, grants, and publications.
    • 11. Enabling nationalnetworking of scientists A $12.2 million, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Healths National Center for Research Resources to support the creation of VIVOweb, a multi-institutional consortium of VIVO installations that connects biomedical researchers, initially at seven sites. **
    • 12.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the first federal organization to commit to using VIVO, a web application designed to enable better national networking between scientists from different disciplines and locations.* USDAs Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Economic Research Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and Forest Service will be the first five USDA agencies to participate in VIVO. The National Agricultural Library, which is part of ARS, will host the web application.**
    • 13.  "Addressing the critically important agricultural issues facing the world today requires an interdisciplinary approach between scientists across the United States and around the world" said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.* "VIVO will be an excellent way to make research more effective and help researchers forge important new collaborations that can lead to the kind of ground breaking results that we need to help solve the problems we face today.“**
    • 14.  VIVO: greater interaction, with the goal of catalyzing networks of campus-wide scholarship, research and educational activities*  VIVO U.S. network: greater interaction, with the goal of catalyzing networks of national scholarship, research and educational activities in health science  VIVO at USDA: better national networking among scientists in agriculture, both in the government and academia  AgriVIVO: greater interaction, with the goal of catalyzing networks of worldwide agricultural research, educational and policy activities*
    • 15. Enabling global networkingfor agriculture  A global cross-institutional version of VIVO to help researchers, research managers, practitioners, extensionists, informati on managers, students in agriculture discover common interests and make connections.  The goal is to foster alliances, making agricultural research and innovation move faster.
    • 16.  AgriVIVO will not replace any existing community or database, it will work as a common registry to interlink the data managed in the existing communities and databases  AgriVIVO will only store pointers to and relations between the Agricultural Research Management data managed anywhere  Communities and databases will indirectly share data through AgriVIVO IAALD community CIARD RING NationalGFAR Person1 > Affiliation > Institution3 database ofdatabases Institution3 > Participates in > Project2 experts YPARD Project2 > Is about > Topic1 AIMS Person2 > Participates in > Project2 community Person2 > Expertise > Topic1 Person1 > Knows > Person2 CG Map Person1 > Author of > Publication1 Person1 > Author of > Publication2 e-agriculture community [...]
    • 17. AgriVIVO will only store pointers (URIs) to and relations between: People Profile Publications Library of IAALD community CIARD RING Name: …… AGRIS Congress CABI … Affiliation: ….GFAR National Job title: …..databases database of YPARD experts Expertise: … AIMS Country: … community … CG Map e-agriculture community Classifications: agriculture-specific topics Projects Organizations / subject areas: terms from Agrovoc, NALT, CABT…
    • 18. VIVO vs. Google  VIVO only searches relevant communities / directories  Information in VIVO is automatically gathered but can be curated by the community members: ▪ Editing one’s profile ▪ Claiming publications, associating / dis-associating oneself with/from projects * Jon Corson-Rickert
    • 19. VIVO vs. Linkedin(or other similar social channels)  VIVO searches across communities / directories, Linkedin only uses its internal database  People profiles in VIVO are shared across communities  In VIVO, subject areas, research topics and categorization criteria in general are customized for the community that is using it  Data in VIVO can be easily re-used by other applications to build customized search engines * Jon Corson-Rickert
    • 20. VIVO vs. EuroCRIS(or similar research information systems and career databases)  EuroCRIS only manages European research data  EuroCRIS is based on a GRID architecture, more complex and less “open”: data cannot be automatically imported from other communities / databases; VIVO can import data from other systems and can expose data for other applications easily because it uses standard semantic technologies  EuroCRIS CVs are only available in the EuroCRIS database; people profiles in VIVO are shared across communities  In VIVO, subject areas, research topics and categorization criteria in general are customized for the community that is using it  Data in VIVO can be easily re-used by other applications to build customized search enginesVIVO and EuroCRIS have agreed in November 2011 to maptheir data models to allow data exchange and commonsearches
    • 21. VIVO vs. WISARD / CARIS / InfosysPlus(or similar agricultural research management information systems) Many databases of institutions / projects / experts in agriculture already exist, but they are managed in silos ▪ Each uses its own format / structure / classifications ▪ Each stores data in its own database with limited or no import / export functionalities  no data exchange and no common search possible
    • 22. Part 3AgriVIVO applications and scenarios
    • 23.  AgriVIVO will integrate data from several large bibliographic and agricultural research management databases as a unified VIVO portalA search portal will supportsearch across AgriVIVO andselected other VIVO sites foragricultural research(e.g., Florida, Cornell, USDA,IICA)
    • 24.  VIVO’s search functionalities can be integrated in other websites through remote calls. In this way, specialized and targeted search engines can give access to and offer highly customized “views” of the data coming from AgriVIVO Publication1 > Is about > Topic1 Publication2 > Is about > Topic1 Publication3 > Is about > Topic1 Person1 > Expertise > Topic1 Person2> Expertise > Topic1 Person3> Author of > Publication1 Person4 > Author of > Publication2 [...]
    • 25. AgriVIVO data  Semantic aggregation  Maps, charts, statistics from
    • 26.  AgriVIVO will maintain consistent profile information across multiple websites by demonstrating the reuse and enrichment of profile data from several existing agricultural websites that manage people profiles
    • 27.  Users can validate (add / remove) relations:  Claiming / disclaiming publications  authors authority data  Associating / removing oneself with / from a project Disambiguating authors and researchers is an active area of research  VIVO is collaborating with ORCID ( and the Publish Trust Project (
    • 28.  AgriVIVO project: VIVO portal at Cornell: VIVOweb: On VIVO: VIVO going national: VIVO at USDA: Contact: