The CIARD RING an infrastructure for interoperability of agricultural research information services Valeria Pesce (GFAR), ...
ARD information now <ul><li>Agriculture-related information on the Internet is limited,  widely scattered and not organize...
Availability is just not enough! <ul><li>Users have to locate and search several sources that provide partial answers to c...
Solution: value added services <ul><li>Value added information services  that enable to </li></ul><ul><li>search, collate ...
Solution: value added services CARIS / WISARD Users We need to know if a certain  technology  has been used in a specific ...
What is missing <ul><li>Value added services cannot be built without  awareness of what others have done :  </li></ul><ul>...
The CIARD RING service <ul><li>The CIARD RING is  a  global registry of information sources and services  in agriculture s...
Who will use the RING? <ul><li>Information professionals  looking for existing services into which they can tap for feedin...
How it works <ul><li>The RING categorizes and interlinks the featured services according to: </li></ul>>>  content criteri...
Services in the RING <ul><li>The CIARD RING covers both  information services and information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Te...
An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibil...
An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibil...
An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibil...
What can be built out of it <ul><li>Services that o ffer a  common browsing or searching  interface to different sources <...
Be part of the RING <ul><li>The  CIARD RING service  is available at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.ciard.net/ring </li></ul><ul><...
 
Invitation <ul><li>We  invite  you all to </li></ul><ul><li>make your services known through the CIARD RING </li></ul><ul>...
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Presented at the IAALD 13th Congress held in Montpellier, France, 26-29 April 2010.

Abstract: "Creating integrated information services in agriculture giving access and adding value to information residing in distributed sources remains a major challenge.
In distributed architectures, value added services by definition interface several information sources / services. Therefore value added services cannot be built without an awareness of what others have done: which sources are available, how to tap into them, how to exploit their semantics.
The Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways (RING) is a portal offering an interlinked registry of existing information services in agriculture..."

The CIARD RING is available at:
http://ring.ciard.net

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The CIARD RING, an infrastructure for interoperability of agricultural research information services

  1. 1. The CIARD RING an infrastructure for interoperability of agricultural research information services Valeria Pesce (GFAR), Ajit Maru (GFAR), Johannes Keizer (FAO)
  2. 2. ARD information now <ul><li>Agriculture-related information on the Internet is limited, widely scattered and not organized for easy access  information cannot be found ;  information cannot be re-used, re-packaged and re-purposed </li></ul><ul><li> Complex information needs for agricultural research, innovation and development cannot be met. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Availability is just not enough! <ul><li>Users have to locate and search several sources that provide partial answers to complex questions </li></ul>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 is 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
  4. 4. Solution: value added services <ul><li>Value added information services that enable to </li></ul><ul><li>search, collate and integrate information from various sources </li></ul><ul><li>acting as gateways to information sources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Solution: value added services 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 Geo-ontology Crop ontology Organizations Directory Agrovoc Any repository gateway Any OPAC gateway gateway gateway Maize
  6. 6. What is missing <ul><li>Value added services cannot be built without awareness of what others have done : </li></ul><ul><li>which sources are available </li></ul><ul><li>how to tap into them </li></ul><ul><li>how to exploit their semantics </li></ul>
  7. 7. The CIARD RING service <ul><li>The CIARD RING is a global registry of information sources and services in agriculture such as search engines, databases, repositories, Open Archives, feeds … </li></ul><ul><li>The CIARD RING provides the missing routemap to the existing services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who will use the RING? <ul><li>Information professionals looking for existing services into which they can tap for feeding their information systems </li></ul><ul><li>Information professionals / managers looking for existing services throug which they can disseminate their information. </li></ul><ul><li>users interested in an overview of the current offer of information services in ARD </li></ul>
  9. 9. How it works <ul><li>The RING categorizes and interlinks the featured services according to: </li></ul>>> content criteria such as thematic coverage geographic coverage content type target audience >> technical criteria such as standards adopted vocabularies used technologies used protocols implemented
  10. 10. Services in the RING <ul><li>The CIARD RING covers both information services and information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Technical definition !! </li></ul><ul><li>… any form of providing information from one server instance (website, mail server, web services, XML archive...) to many clients (browsers, email clients, news readers, harvesters...) </li></ul>
  11. 11. An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? </li></ul><ul><li>1) it provides a map of accessible information sources with instructions on how they can be searched effectively; </li></ul>http://www.agencia.cnptia.embrapa.br/ http://eprints.iari.res.in http://lad.nafri.org.la http://ricelib.irri.cgiar.org:81/screens/opacmenu.html http://www.sidalc.net
  12. 12. An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? </li></ul><ul><li>2) tit indicates the level and mode of interoperability of information services </li></ul>
  13. 13. An infrastructure for interoperability <ul><li>How does the CIARD RING provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of agricultural information? </li></ul><ul><li>3) It provides examples and instructions for building enhanced integrated services that repackage information in different ways. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What can be built out of it <ul><li>Services that o ffer a common browsing or searching interface to different sources </li></ul><ul><li>aggregating and harvesting services; </li></ul><ul><li>integrated services providing relations between entities (organizations, projects, experts, documents) through semantic-web technologies; </li></ul><ul><li>Value added services that re-package information and make it available through different channels (text messaging, radio etc.); </li></ul>
  15. 15. Be part of the RING <ul><li>The CIARD RING service is available at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.ciard.net/ring </li></ul><ul><li>Registering a service in the RING automatically makes you a CIARD partner </li></ul><ul><li>Partners that register services in the RING are invited to display the RING logo </li></ul>
  16. 17. Invitation <ul><li>We invite you all to </li></ul><ul><li>make your services known through the CIARD RING </li></ul><ul><li>learn how to tap into other services in the CIARD RING </li></ul>Thank You

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