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|Title:||Towards an architecture for open archive networks in agricultural sciences and technology|
|Author(s):||Imma Subirats, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy), Irene Onyancha, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy), Gauri Salokhe, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy), Stefka Kaloyanova, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy), Stefano Anibaldi, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy), Johannes Keizer, (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy)|
|Citation:||Imma Subirats, Irene Onyancha, Gauri Salokhe, Stefka Kaloyanova, Stefano Anibaldi, Johannes Keizer, (2008) "Towards an architecture for open archive networks in agricultural sciences and technology", Online Information Review, Vol. 32 Iss: 4, pp.478 - 487|
|Keywords:||Agriculture, Agriculture and food technology, Grey literature, Knowledge management systems, Open systems, Research|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14684520810897359 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore addressing the accessibility, availability and interoperability issues of exchanging agricultural research output by means of the AGRIS application profile – an exchange metadata standard – and controlled vocabularies or subject-specific knowledge organisation systems.
Design/methodology/approach – Based on an analysis of the open access (OA) publishing model and the open archives initiative (OAI), the authors share their proposal for the architecture for open archive networks in agricultural sciences and technology.
Findings – The lack of adequate information exchange possibilities between researchers in food and agricultural sciences represents a significant weakness, limiting the research system to properly help address the issues of agricultural development. The OA publishing model promotes the availability of content online, including grey literature, which is not available through commercial distribution channels but which significantly contributes to agricultural research and development. The new architecture proposed in this paper is based on these OA and OAI paradigms and has three components: the creation of content with agreed content description standards, the harvesting of the content using common exchange standards and the value-added services provided to the users using the exchanged standard content.
Originality/value – The paper presents how the agricultural sciences and technology community can adopt the OA model and OAI tools. The paper will be useful to information professionals who are planning to improve the accessibility and interoperability of the agricultural research produced in their institution by the creation of institutional repositories.
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