22 December 2009

The AGRIS 2010 project: A portal for resource discovery in agriculture

At the 2009 International Conference on Dublin Core, Stefano Anibaldi made a presentation entitled "How data is collected and integrated by FAO."

He posed two problems:
  1. "Classic bibliographic metadata is often understood in an overly-simplistic fashion: users are seeking information against a system populated with metadata, which provides a metadata-driven interface through which users find their way to their target documents."
  2. "The results are bibliographic descriptions rich in its metadata but too often not sufficient for researchers who want to extend their knowledge on a specific topic."

And shared some solutions:
  • "With the rise of full text search and online availability of more research material, such a role for metadata can appear redundant."
  • "Bibliographic metadata grows in value as the Web grows in connectivity, and can provide researchers with a map of the global research community, linking their papers, thesis, articles with a wider grey literature (preprints, drafts) and with communication platforms (blogs, forums) that help researchers put formal findings into a wider context."
  • "The main objective of the new AGRIS portal is to become a hub to access the diverse knowledge in agricultural science and technology available globally on the web."
  • "It not only gives the researchers access to the AGRIS metadata, but it also provides data services to extend their knowledge, accessing Web data such as full text documents and news."

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