13 May 2010

USAIN 2010: Introducing CIARD

On May 10th, several of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Interest Groups (including the International Agricultural Information Interest Group) organized an afternoon of presentations and demonstrations.

The first presenter, Stephen Rudgard, Chief of Knowledge and Capacity for Development of the FAO, gave a virtual presentation entitled "Global Coherence for Truly Accessible Information".

Stephen outlined the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) Initiative including the vision, values and objectives of CIARD to "make public domain agricultural research information and knowledge truly accessible to all." He discussed the CIARD Checklist for developing institutional readiness and increasing the availability, accessibility, and applicability of research outputs.

He encouraged U.S. engagement in the CIARD movement, particularly in registering information sources and services on the "Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways" (RING) directory http://ring.ciard.net .

He also mentioned an AgriDrupal initiative (http://aims.fao.org/community/group/agridrupal) and a set of Information Management Resource Kits available for capacity building in this area (www.imarkgroup.org).

More information on how to participate is as www.ciard.net

Story by Barbara Hutchinson

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