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Webinar@ASIRA: Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)


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By by Kristin Kolshus, Information Management Specialist at FAO of the United Nations.

22 February 2017- 14:00 CET

--The webinar was held as part of ASIRA (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) Online Course for Low-Income Countries--

The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the AGORA programme for interested institutions in eligible countries. AGORA is one of the four Research4Life programmes. The webinar will present AGORA, a programme 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 will focus on the eligibility, the registration, terms of use, and the types of resources covered.

About Kristin Kolshus

Kristin Kolshus is an Information Management Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office for Africa. She focuses on capacity development on access to scientific information, information management, and knowledge sharing, especially through AGORA and Research4Life.

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Webinar@ASIRA: Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)

  1. 1. Research4Life and AGORA: reducing the scientific knowledge gap ASIRA course “Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture for Low-Income Countries” Webinar, 22nd February 2017
  2. 2. • What is Research4Life? – Hinari, OARE, ARDI and AGORA • Who can access Research4Life? • Tell me more about AGORA • What types of resources are covered? • How do I register? • Research4Life is making a difference
  3. 3. US Universities Programmes United Nations Partnership +200 Publishers
  4. 4. Lack of access to current scientific literature No budget for important peer-reviewed journals Up-to-date research needed for discovering evidence, sharing findings, and informing teaching, practice and public policy Research4Life can help
  5. 5. RESEARCH4LIFE § Four programmes that provide lower income countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer- reviewed content online. § Cover research in health, agriculture, environment, and development and innovation § Goal: reduce the scientific knowledge gap between higher income and lower income countries
  6. 6. Benefits of access: § Online access through Research4Life to up to 68,000 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases § Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen § Searching by keyword, subject, author or language § Training in information literacy Institutions in 72 of the world’s poorest countries receive free access to journal and book content via Research4Life. Institutions in a further 45 countries pay US $1,500 per year for a subscription to the Research4Life content – an effective discount of over 99.9%. Fees go to Research4Life capacity development. Who benefits from access
  7. 7. (free access) (low-cost access)
  8. 8. Eligibility criteria 1: Country § Countries eligible selected on basis on several criteria: • Total GNI and GNI per capita (World Bank figures), • United Nations Least Developed Country (LDCs) List and • Human Development Index (HDI). § Reviewed annually. § Based on these factors, eligible countries are divided into two groups: A and B Group A These are the countries comprising the UN Least Developed Country List. FREE ACCESS Group B Institutions in these countries pay nominal annual fee $1500/year
  9. 9. Eligibility criteria 2: Institution Within eligible countries, eligible categories of institutions are: • national universities, • professional schools (medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, public health, engineering, etc.), • research institutes, • teaching hospitals and healthcare centers, • government offices, • national libraries, • agricultural extension centers and • local non-governmental organizations.
  10. 10. Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) Up to 6,500 journals & 22,000 books 3000 institutions registered Topics: agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science, and related subjects Coordinated by FAO of the UN in partnership with Cornell University and publishers
  11. 11. AGORA is like your library Registered users can… § Browse the collection § Search for journals or books in a specific subject area § Track down a citation § Use Summon or Scopus as powerful tools 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, with institutional credentials. AGORA log in does not give access to all services offered on publishers’ websites.
  12. 12. Find journals: IMPORTANT AGORA login: IMPORTANT
  13. 13. Type in user name and password exactly as provided by your institution. Passwords are case-sensitive. Click Sign In Note: We recommend use of Chrome or Mozilla. If you use Internet Explorer, you may need to login twice.
  14. 14. In the ‘All Items’ display for ‘R’, the green box equals access. The grey box with the ! equals no access.
  15. 15. The journal will open in a new window of the Publisher’s Journal Portal
  16. 16. Retrieving full-text articles 1. Find the journal. Use the ‘Journals collection’ ‘M’ list to find the journal title -Marine and Coastal Fisheries EXAMPLE Find the citation: J.Wesley Neil, Christine Adelsberger and Steve Lochmann. “A Comparison of Larval Fish Sampling Methods for Tropical Streams.” Marine and Coastal Fisheries , 4(1) 2012: 23-29
  17. 17. Finding the article Abstract appears. Click on Full article or PDF to read the article
  18. 18. Article opens up in PDF. Yu can save it or print it. Note: you must have Acrobat Adobe Reader or other PDF-reading software on your machine
  19. 19. Titles by Subject List contains all journals related to the field of Fisheries/Aquatic Sciences
  20. 20. Titles by Publisher If you know the publisher of the journal in a citation or if you want to see what journals are available from a certain publisher, choose the Publishers option. Very useful if you have retrieved a citation but are not sure that you have access to the full-text article.
  21. 21. Search in databases Browse databases list, accessible content
  22. 22. Access Summon from the ‘Search inside AGORA full-text using:’ list
  23. 23. Searching AGORA in Summon: does not index all the AGORA journals, so other useful articles may be available from AGORA portal. You can also search beyond AGORA.
  24. 24. More resources being added to R4L Search on smartphones 2017: New authentication system for Research4Life will improve user experience Many challenges. However….....
  25. 25. Registering Registration form online: Only one registration is required per institution An institution must register separately for each programme Your institution can register for multiple R4L programmes Your institution may already be registered, ask your librarian first.
  26. 26. Research4Life Training Portal In this section you will find different Research4Life training material to download for free, information about local workshops and advanced courses for our four programmes HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI. The content of this portal is aimed at librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students.
  27. 27. Improve food security by increasing the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low- income countries Goal
  28. 28. Research4Life is making a difference Research in health, agriculture and the environment is better informed when it is based on the most recent, high quality and relevant scientific knowledge. Research4Life applies this, delivering knowledge to the world’s poorest countries. Research4Life is empowering universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non- governmental agencies and hospitals, with access to scientific knowledge. Not just about access, but improved research too
  29. 29. Twitter @R4LPartnership 33