Open Science: Improving Collaboration Between Researchers

Originally posted on The Ubuntu Sense:

The Open Source movement has evolved into other areas of computering.  Open Data, Open Hardware, and ,the topic that I want to talk about, Open Science, are three examples of this.  Since I’m a biologist, I’m deeply connected to the science community but I want to also tie in my hobby of FOSS/Linux into my work.  There are many non-coding (and coding) based things and groups that one can use for research and I want to talk about a few of them.

Mozilla Science Lab

Mozilla, the creators of Firefox and Thunderbird, started a group last year that aims to help scientists, “to use the power of the open web to change the way science is done. [They] build educational resources, tools and prototypes for the research community to make science more open, collaborative and efficient.” (main page of Mozilla Science Lab).

Right now, they are are focusing on teaching…

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Open Sourcing Plant Seeds – The Open Source Seed Initiative & similar efforts

Open Sourcing Plant Seeds – The Open Source Seed Initiative & similar efforts.

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AgriVIVO and YPARD: Facilitating and Connecting all Actors in the AR4D

The Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi while addressing the agricultural scientific community on the occasion of the 86th Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had called for a digitized database of all agricultural research in the country. He is of the opinion that the young, educated and progressive farmers and agricultural research scholars could together form a talent pool in all districts in the country and can help the farming community who are feeding the people of India and the world in earning good income as well. (Source: BusinessLine).

This post is about the YPARD and the AgriVIVO which are the two global databases (networks) formed for the Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in the world. These two databases can be more populated and can be formed as talent pool which the Prime Minister is talking about the young farmers and research scholars.

website_logo_YPARD_enThe YPARD (Young Professionals Agricultural Development) which is an international movement of Young Professionals in for Agricultural Development and  It operates as a network and is not a formalized institution. This YPARD has enabled global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform by which means the Young Professionals in Agriculture all over the world would realize their full potential and contribute towards innovative agricultural development. Incidentally, the YPARD has the highest membership of about 734 registered members from India contributing to a very good talent pool of all the agriculture professionals. Anyone can be part of it with a simple registration at It has online social groups on Facebook for Global and India. You may read more about YPARD India here and here. (Source: YPARD).

agrivivoAnother database is AgriVIVO which is a search portal built to facilitate connections between all actors in the agricultural field, bridging across separately hosted directories and online communities. AgriVIVO was initiated and is led by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, in collaboration with Cornell University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To become part of this directory, one has to be part of online communities that provide data. Please see here for further information. (Source: AgriVIVO).

To read more about AgriVIVO and YPARD please read blog post by Marina here.

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Almost there . . . but still not enough!

Originally posted on Science at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014):

Submissions close at midnight GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on the 26th.

Manila is GMT +8
Bangkok is GMT +7
New Delhi is GMT +5:30
France is GMT +1
Colombia is GMT -5

Today, this is the number of abstracts submitted, for oral presentations and posters, by the seven main topics.

WE NEED MANY MORE! So what are you waiting for? Get online, and let us see the excellent research you have been carrying out. Just like winning the lottery, you ‘have to be in it to win it’!

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Planning a poster . . .

Originally posted on Science at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014):

Although IRC2014 is still six months away, it’s not too early to start thinking about the design of your poster. Here are some useful tips, and specifications based on the space available for posters at the congress venue, BITEC.

1. Please note this important information for the preparation of your poster:

  • Although you received an ID number when you submitted your abstract, a new poster number will be assigned to your poster and emailed to you before 15th September 2014 by the Secretariat, after the final program has been developed by the Scientific Committee.
  • Make sure to include this new poster number at the upper right corner of your printed poster.
  • On arrival at the congress venue in Bangkok in October, please also refer to the Final Program book that you will receive to confirm your new poster number and its location.
  • Please affix your poster only on the board…

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Webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” – CIARD

Originally posted on Open Access India:

Re-posting on Behalf of CIARD Community

You are invited to take part in the webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” that will take place on 10th April at 11:00am-12:00pm (CEST) 14:30pm-15:30pm in India (IST)

The presentation will provide an overview and update on the CGIAR Consortium’s progress in Open Access, including some of the challenges and opportunities of advocating for Open Access across the Consortium.

The webinar will be presented by Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication at the CGIAR Consortium. He is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Consortium’s Knowledge Management, Communications, and IT strategies, leveraging best practices in these disciplines to help the Consortium deliver on its mandate. Johannes Keizer, team leader AIMS at the FAO of the United Nations, will moderate the session.

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Meet YPARD India working group!

Meet YPARD India working group!.

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