CG Core, Open Access Initiative, new developments

The AgTrials team continues developing on-going and new collaborations. In the last few days we have been in discussions with colleagues at the University of Florida, the CGIAR Consortium Office, the CropOntology team at Bioversity and many others. Over the next months we will be upgrading our system to make with more interoperable with different

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AgTrials at GODAN workshop in Wageningen, Netherlands

Last week I had the good fortune to present AgTrials in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) workshop at Alterra in Wageningen in the Netherlands. The GODAN initiative is closely aligned to AgTrials objectives of opening access to agricultural data. Our presentations in the parallel sessions were only seven minutes long and unfortunately there wasn’t

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Interoperabilidad de datos de ensayos agronómicos entre las plataformas Agtrials y Ag-MIP

Cross-posted on Dapa Blog Durante la primera semana de Enero algunos miembros del programa DAPA visitaron la Universidad de Florida para trabajar en el proyecto de colaboración para la interoperabilidad de datos agronómicos AgMIP – CCAFS. En la reunión de trabajo se establecieron dos objetivos principales: Definir una metodología para el mapeo de metadatos y

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Continued collaboration between AgTrials, CropOntology, AgMIP, CSISA and others

The Climate Change and Agricultural Food Security (CCAFS) program’s AgTrials initiative places a strong emphasis on partnerships with other initiatives, and on interoperability between systems designed for crop improvement applications. On the upstream end, linking to information resources is a critical input to making the agricultural trial database work. Our collaboration with CropOntology — an

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feeding the future

AgTrials friends may be interested in a recent comment by Susan McCouch in the journal Nature. She makes a broad case for the importance of increased research and development in agricultural biodiversity, including support for gene banks and bio-informatics efforts oriented towards crop improvement. You can note in the article that there are several references

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New Modifications to AgTrials.org

We have been upgrading the appearance and the batch upload process for uploading trial evaluation results and validation checking related trials sites, variety names and variables measured. Future efforts will improve usability and accessibility as well as processing speed when uploading data. The main improved features are; Link to the post: New modifications to AgTrials.org

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From PLOS Biology: “Where Have All the Crop Phenotypes Gone?”

AgTrials colleagues may be interested in this article on crop phenotyping from the Journal PLOS Biology. As I read this, I thought about many of the similar issues that our AgTrials community has faced in the development of our initiative. Most importantly, Prof. Zamir’s point about losing phenotyping data is highly relevant. Much of this loss of data

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Yam traits now available through CropOntology

AgTrials has updated the system to include traits and variables measured for the tuber Yam. The program is planning to include new trials from colleagues at IITA. Remember that the traits that are documented in AgTrials  are derived from the CropOntology  system and website. Currently that system holds 181 traits for documenting the yam. we

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Intellectual property rights and protocols in Agtrials.org and Proper permission to access data

Now the Agtrials system is capable of handling data permission aspects. If you have already uploaded the data, you can add or remove permission to/from other users who you know well. Without such permission, there is no any doubt that the other users can’t access data. Three layers of data restrictions are built into AgTrials

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