agropedia workshop on 13 May 2012 at Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya
A training workshop on agropedia was organized by IIT-K agropedia team at at Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Ksishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (RVSKVV) Gwalior , M.P on 13 May 2012. This workshop was organized with a view to let people know about this agricultural website called 'agropedia 'browse it and seek the benefit out of it. Almost 55 participants attended the training workshop which included agricultural students and some of the faculty members also showed keen interest and participated in the training programme. The training workshop turned out to be a successful one as it created a state of curiosity among the agricultural group of people. The participants looked interested and waited patiently for the next session of the training workshop.
The IIT-K agropedia team members included three agricultural experts Dr. Vinod Kumar Mr. Suneel Pandey and Mr. Krishan Kant Dubey.
Presentation & demo of agropedia portal and openagri
A live presentation on agropedia was conducted by Mr. Suneel Pandey of IIT-K. In this session he explained in detail about agropedia and its various features and functions. He discussed on such points like Gyan dhara (certified content) and Jana gyan (contributed content), the two kinds of searches Semantic search and Syntactic search available only in agropedia portal, Knowledge Models, New Releases in agropedia and how this site is different from other agricultural sites. He briefed agropedia as a stop shop for all agricultural related information and it also enables the sharing and creation of agricultural knowledge by bridging the gap between explicit knowledge holders like researchers, scientists, experts and tacit knowledge holders like farmers and other field workers. In the presentation he demonstrated the methods of creating own account and become a registered user of the site, Add content in the Extension Material which consists of Library, Crop Calendar and Dos and Don'ts. Then comes the Interactions space were one can create or write their own wikipage in agrowiki, write a blog entry in agroblog, post a forum topic in agroforum and share any information related to agriculture.
The most interactive of all is agrochat were any registered user can do online chatting with the online agricultural scientist and do online discussion on any topic related to agriculture. The crop Knowledge Models (wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea, vegetable pea, sorghum, groundnut, sugarcane, litch, safflower, banana, mango, tomato, pearl millet, rice, grapes, potato and generic) were also demonstrated and their usefulness as a tagging model was also explained
Further down the session a brief introduction about vKVK (Virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) which is a simple to use platform that provides facilities like sms and Voice for services like advisory, alert, private messages.
Hands On session
The last session of our training workshop was The Hands On Session. In this session the participants get chance to browse through the agropedia site. The participants browse through the whole site and become familiar to the site, its features and functions. They are trained practically on the usage of the site, the methods of creating account, uploading content, uploading image in a content, writing comment or replying to comment, creating wikipage, blog entry and forum topic.
After sharing the practical knowledge a small quiz session was arranged by the agropedia team were the participants are asked to clear their doubts in the way of question and answer forum. The agropedia team raises questions based on the agropedia site and ask the participants to answer. The participants are awarded with agropedia goodies for the every right answer. Ultimately this session remained the most enjoyable and interactive part of the whole workshop.