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NISO/DCMI Webinar: Implementing Linked Data in Developing Countries and Low-Resource Conditions
PRESENTER: Johannes Keizer & Caterina Caracciolo

DATE: September 25, 2013 
TIME: 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern (17:00-18:30 UTC) World Clock: http://bit.ly/18LAQwh


Open data is a crucial prerequisite for inventing and disseminating the innovative practices needed for agricultural development. To be usable, data must not just be open in principle -- i.e., covered by licenses that allow re-use. Data must also be published in a technical form that allows it to be integrated into a wide range of applications.

This webinar describes the technical solutions adopted by a widely diverse global network of agricultural research institutes for publishing research results. The talk focuses on AGRIS, a central and widely-used resource linking agricultural datasets for easy consumption, and AgriDrupal, an adaptation of the popular, open-source content management system Drupal optimized for producing and consuming linked datasets.

Agricultural research institutes in developing countries share many of the constraints faced by libraries and other documentation centers, and not just in developing countries: institutions are expected to expose their information on the Web in a re-usable form with shoestring budgets and with technical staff working in local languages and continually lured by higher-paying work in the private sector. Technical solutions must be easy to adopt and freely available. The webinar will be of interest to any institution seeking ways to publish and curate data in the Linked Data cloud.


Johannes Keizer has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since 1998, primarily as head of the FAO documentation group. The bibliographic database AGRIS and the multilingual concept scheme AGROVOC were completely remodeled under his leadership. In the Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extensions, he heads a staff of 20 -- the AIMS (Agricultural Information Management Standards and Services) team -- which provides standards, tools, and advice for FAO stakeholders. The AIMS Team provides the technical backbone for the global Coherence in Information forAgricultural Research for Development (CIARD) Initiative. Through EC framework projects such as NeON, D2Science, and agINFRA, the AIMS Team has channeled the results of innovative European research into the international work of FAO to combat hunger and poverty in the world.

Caterina Caracciolo is senior information specialist at the FAO. After working at the National Council of Research (CNR) in Pisa, she joined FAO in 2006. Since then, she has worked on various aspects related to information management and sharing, with special focus on metadata. She is currently involved in the SemaGrow project and part of the AGROVOC management team at FAO. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam.


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern (16:00 UTC) on September 25, 2013. Discounts are available for NISO and DCMI members and students.

NISO/DCMI are holding six joint webinars in 2013. Register for three and receive the 4th for free. 

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