Webinar@ASIRA: AGRIS: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web

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By Thembani Malapela, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at FAO of the United Nations.

21 February 2017- 15:00 CET

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

AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. It is supported by a large community of data providers, partners and users. AGRIS is one of the many bibliographic databases used for locating agricultural information online, others examples include PubAg, TEEAL and CAB Abstracts.

AGRIS is a database that aggregates bibliographic data, and through this core data it retrieves related content across online information systems by taking advantage of Semantic Web capabilities. Through AGRIS core data, related content across online information systems is retrieved thereby enriching the search results.

This webinar will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership, looking at how AGRIS bibliographic data acts as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the fundamentals of AGRIS, give an overview of the AGRIS interface, and show how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

About Thembani Malapela

Thembani Malapela works as Knowledge and Information Management Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Currently, he is responsible for AGRIS user support and communications and in evaluating various ways of improving the AGRIS user experience.

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Webinar@ASIRA: AGRIS: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web

  1. 1. AGRIS: Providing Access to Agricultural Research and Technology Information and Exploiting Open Data on the Web An AGRIS webinar presentation by Thembani Malapela AGRIS - International System for Agricultural Science and Technology 1
  2. 2. Presentation outline q AGRIS: An Introduction q What is AGRIS? § AGRIS Collection, AGRIS Network, AGRIS Web portal & AGRIS LOD Dataset q Who uses AGRIS q The AGRIS Portal q How to search the AGRIS Portal § Multilingual search q How to search retrieve full text documents? q Overview of Data submission workflow q Questions 2
  3. 3. AGRIS: An Introduction § Started in 1975, to help partners promote their scientific production - These were ministries and research centres in agriculture from different countries. § In practice, this core bibliographic repository was contributed by partners, compiled & disseminated by FAO (on paper, CD, now portal) 3
  4. 4. What is AGRIS? The International System for Agricultural Science and Technology. Today AGRIS is, § A collection of more than 8 million multilingual bibliographic resources. § A network of more than 150 institutions from 65 countries § An RDF database § A Web portal (http://agris.fao.org/) 4
  5. 5. Who uses AGRIS? § Graduate students, lecturers and researchers in academic institutions § Librarians, cataloguers , and other information professionals § Publishers and professional associations § Government officials 5
  6. 6. i. The AGRIS Collection § 8,142,755 multilingual bibliographic records – 400,000 from Latin America – 150,000 from Africa – 760,000 from Asia + 400,000 links to CSDD (China) § 1,300,000 with links that provide access to full text - Collection includes Books (31,000) , Bibliographies (366,000) Conference Papers (286,000), journal articles (5,000,000), thesis (62,000), and others (250,000). § 250 million triples § Languages – English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, Farsi 6
  7. 7. ii. The AGRIS Network 7 http://akstem.com/agris/network
  8. 8. iii. The AGRIS LOD Dataset 8 § All records in AGRIS are indexed with AGROVOC –Manually, by the partner –Automatically, by AGRIS § AGROVC is a LOD resource – AGROVOC links to Voc – Voc indexes Data – AGRIS links to Data § AGROVOC keywords are also used to query external Web Services
  9. 9. iii. The AGRIS LOD Dataset (2) 9 Some of the Linked resources § DBPedia § Nature OpenSeach § GBIF § WorldBank § FAO geopolitical ontology – Country profiles § IFPRI § FAO fisheries and aquaculture fact sheets § Bioversity international § CGRIS germplasm database As of June 31, 2016
  10. 10. iii. The AGRIS Portal 10 agris.fao.org
  11. 11. http://agris.fao.org/
  12. 12. How to search the AGRIS Portal? ©Steven82071
  13. 13. i. Simple Search 13
  14. 14. AGRIS - International System for Agricultural Science and Technology 14 List of Results
  15. 15. Details of An AGRIS Record Source of Record
  16. 16. ii. Classical view
  17. 17. ii. Searching in the Classical view
  18. 18. ii. Filtering in the Classical view
  19. 19. AGRIS - International System for Agricultural Science and Technology 19 Example of Filtering by Data Provider
  20. 20. 20 Multilingual Search Functionality § A detailed blog on multilingual search entitled Focus on AGRIS multilingual search is available at http://bit.ly/1RNFQRw
  21. 21. How to search retrieve full text documents? ©Steven82071
  22. 22. Filtering full text in the Results page
  23. 23. Filtering full text in the Results page (2)
  24. 24. Filtering full text in the Results page (3)
  25. 25. 25 Brief summary of submitting data to AGRIS § Submission done via the AGRIS AkStem Service at http://www.akstem.com/agris § The service is for AGRIS content Providers § Brief Steps ü Content Providers submit request ü Agro-know Data Processing Unit and Agro-know Stem team processes the request and activate the dashboard ü In the dashbard content providers submit information about their contact person, theirinstitutional details and their collection. ü Provider submits data.
  26. 26. AGRIS - International System for Agricultural Science and Technology 26 Useful Sources of Information about AGRIS 1. AGRIS Website . http://agris.fao.org/content/about 2. Contributing bibliographic information to AGRIS. http://aims.fao.org/activity/blog/contributing-bibliographic-information-agris 3. AGRIS Subject Categories. http://www.fao.org/scripts/agris/c-categ.htm 4. AGRIS Journal Papers – Search AGRIS at http://eprints.rclis.org/cgi/search/advanced agris@fao.org
  27. 27. Thank You! agris@fao.org thembani.malapela@fao.org 27

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