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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First Call for Papers and Sessions (SciDataCon2014)

First Call for Papers and Sessions (Deadline: 25 May 2014)

There are many pressing sustainability challenges facing today’s society, from food and water security to poverty alleviation and climate change. Such challenges cannot be solved without multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, as well as the collection, sharing, integration, use, and stewardship of data across scientific disciplines and domains, and from international sources. The effectiveness and credibility not only of research but also proposed solutions will be highly dependent on the availability of well-documented, quality-assessed, and timely scientific datasets. To facilitate the work of international research undertakings (including the ‘Future Earth’ research programme on global sustainability to be launched by ICSU and its partners in 2014) and to amplify the message of like-minded global data initiatives promoting data sharing and interoperability (including the Group on Earth Observations and the recently established Research Data Alliance), SciDataCon 2014 will highlight the theme of Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability.

The SciDataCon 2014 Steering Committee now invites proposals for sessions, and abstracts for oral presentations, addressing the overarching conference theme of ‘Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability’ and related themes such as those indicated below:
  1. Data sharing, integration, and interoperability to address research challenges in global sustainability:
    • Data publication and citation
    • Innovative approaches to data integration and interoperability
    • Semantic data integration
    • Interoperability standards and reference data
    • Software architecture and systems
    • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary case studies: environment, health, social sciences, humanities, biodiversity, climate change, materials, energy, disasters, etc.
  2. Big Data science and technology:
    • Data-intensive scientific discovery
    • Large-scale computing software and systems
    • Presentation, analytics, learning, and knowledge discovery
    • Data mining and visualisation
    • High-impact applications
  3. Development and sustainability of data services:
    • Data systems and infrastructure sustainability
    • Data curation and stewardship, and development of trusted repositories
    • Solutions and tools for research data management and data security
    • Rescue of scientific data at risk
    • Capacity building and education in data science
    • Private sector roles and public-private partnerships
  4. Scientific data fordecision making and policy:
    • Assessment of the impact and economic and societal value of data
    • Data quality, documentation, and credibility
    • Data-driven models and data products for decision- and policy-makers
    • Citizen science and crowdsourcing
    • Sustainability indicators and metrics
    • Open government
  5. International collaboration on research data:
    • Development of new observational and data networks
    • Interoperability and integration of existing data networks
    • Data policy and access, particularly in developing countries
    • Open scientific research data frameworks, including legal issues
    • Capacity building and advocacy
    • Lessons learned from past or current international research and data programmes
    • New opportunities to support Future Earth and other international research initiatives

Submission Instructions

Proposals should be submitted before 24 May 2014 at 00:00 UTC

Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Sessions

Proposed Oral Presentations must be submitted online. This involves completing an online form and uploading a two-page abstract, with additional information, using the following MS Word template: Template for Oral Presentation proposal
Proposed Sessions must also be submitted online, and envisage a panel discussion, a workshop, or a series of papers on a coherent theme. This involves completing an online form and uploading a summary, with additional information (theme, format, speakers, in, status of speaker invitations and their commitment), using the following MS Word template: Template for Session proposal

Abstracts publication

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings, following the prescribed submission format.
Selected authors, who indicated their intention to submit full papers, will be invited to publish a peer-reviewed manuscript in a special issue of the CODATA Data Science Journal.
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