A federated and curated metadata registry of agri-food datasets and data services

The National Agriculture Data/Information Sharing System Development Workshop was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

In order to promote agricultural scientific research data and information sharing, accelerate China's agricultural information sharing system construction, establish effective cooperation mechanism, strengthen national agricultural scientific research information knowledge base construction, open access more information and results of agricultural scientific research serving the users of the agricultural community, CIARD RING China working group and the Chinese Agricultural Library Society organized ‘the National Agriculture Data/Information Sharing System Development Workshop’ from May 8-10 2012 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Participants from the Agricultural Information Institute (AII) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the Information Institute of Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Information Institute of the Chinese Academy of Forestry Sciences, Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, and some other agricultural information institutions and university libraries totally over 20 people attended the workshop. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Meng Xianxue, deputy director of AII, CAAS, Meng Zhiqi , vice president of Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences delivered their speeches. Dr.Ajit Maru, Senior staff from GFAR, FAO and Prof.Mei Fangquan, former director of AII, CAAS respectively gave presentations at the meeting. Discussions have been conducted on many aspects around CIARD including its concept, activities, development, technology and content management as well as capacity buildings.   During the workshop, some major themes discussed are: (1) CIARD concepts, ideas, activities and achievements; (2) CIARD.RING Development Globally and implications for National Agricultural research and innovation Systems; (3) CIARD China possible contributions to agricultural research and innovation community ; (4) Further Development of CIARD RING China. The participants agreed that CIARD RING is an opportunity, they will build an open resources directory first, and then integrate all other type resources and services like institutional repository and characteristic library resources according to the international coherent standards. They also suggested to hold CIARD RING practical training to personnel in order to promote the activities and solve the barriers of language and systems. The participants showed more enthusiasm in CIARD movement and expressed that they will do more work in advocacy for policy support and promote the development of CIARD RING China
agINFRA The RING is part of the agINFRA project EC 7th framework program INFRA-2011-1.2.2 - Grant agr. no: 283770