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agropedia is an agriculture knowledge repository of universal meta models and localized content for a variety of users with appropriate interfaces built in collaborative mode in multiple languages. It aims to develop a comprehensive digital content framework, platform, and tools in support of agricultural extension and outreach. It is envisioned to be a one stop shop for all kinds of information related to Indian agriculture, which is semantically catalogued and easy to find.

This agropedia project is nurtured under the aegis of the National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) to accelerate technology-led pro-poor growth and diffusion of new technologies for improving agricultural yield and rural livelihood in India.  It is a collaborative project of seven consortium partners' viz. ICRISAT- Hyderabad, NAARM- Hyderabad, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Bombay, GBPUAT- Panthnagar, UAS- Raichur and IIITM-Kerala. ICRISAT is the Consortium coordinator which works as a channel for communication and over all facilitation. IITK develops the software architecture and deploys it complete with user interface. Content, which is the backbone of agropedia for it to be successfully deployed and used, will be provided by the implementing partners, GBPUAT, UAS-Raichur and ICRISAT. IITB and IIITM-Kerala have assured to provide some content through certain web services. The resources of NAARM could be used to introduce and popularize the agropedia.

 

agropedia develops an open digital platform for creating and exchanging knowledge where everyone who has some interest in agriculture can take part and become an agropedia user.   In this site, under 'Extension Material' one finds the certified content in the form of Library (the document like content), Crop Calendar (month-wise package of practices of agricultural crops) and Dos & Don'ts (important information about what should and should not be done during crop production & allied fields); while under 'Interactions', one gets the platform for sharing and exchanging his experiences or views regarding agriculture through agrowiki, agroblog, forum or agrochat. On the one hand, it provides scientists, teachers, students and others to gain knowledge and contribute their idea in the large knowledge base and on the other hand, it provides the chance to directly discuss their agricultural problems with agri-experts. Though in agropedia any user can create any type of content, but the content will publish under extension material only after getting approval from the agropedia administrator as the question of authenticity is there in this type of content.

The distinct feature of this site is that the agropedia content is semantically catalogued. To provide this facility IITK takes help of knowledge models (KMs). The agropedia team develops KMs by using the Concept Map (C-Map) Tools. These have been designed with the intention of using them for indexing and browsing the content that is there in the repository. That is knowledge models help in mapping the knowledge and tagging content of this site so that the information is efficiently searchable. However, agropedia starts by focusing on the nine main crops like rice, wheat, Chickpea, green pea, pigeon pea, sorghum, groundnut, litchi, and sugarcane of the Indian agricultural domain.

In brief, through the whole work process agropedia wants to manage and organise the widespread knowledge of the Indian agricultural domain through building up an agricultural e-community and strengthening the networks among the different members of that community. This is the platform where everyone starting from scientists, researchers, teachers, students, extension workers, farmers, traders, and businessman can interact with each other through participating in the site.

 

 

 

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