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Report on agropedia and Open Agri Training Workshop, University of Agricultural Sciences-Raichur, Karnataka

Introduction

Our main objective of visiting UAS (Raichur) was to spread awareness of agropedia and openagri: An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository among the professors and assistant professor (agriculture domain) of UAS (Raichur) with the believe that the only way of gaining knowledge is spreading and sharing knowledge.

The professors and assistant professors belonged to different disciplines and specialization like (mushroom, fisheries, water management, home science, seed technology, medicinal and aromatic plantology etc).

Participants here were very trained and had good computer skills. They had a very strong intensity to learn the new phase of agriculture. They termed  agropedia and openagri: An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository  as a upcoming "Kranti" in the field of agriculture.

agropedia team which conducted the workshop is as follows:- Mr. Amit Tripathi and Mr. Nitesh Kumar Singh.

We are very happy and satisfied about the response which we received.

 

The Inaugural and Training session

Mr. Amit Tripathi started with a warm introductory speech as what are our main objective behind conducting various workshop and how the content added by various people from different domains will be helpful and further explaining the use of agropedia and openagri: An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository as well as giving a view as where do we see agropedia three years down the lane.

Mr. Amit Tripathi also explained the usage and the three important features of agropedia (Knowledge models, Extension material, Interactions). Amit and Nitesh also explained the navigation of the site. People were keen to understand the delineating line between semantic and syntactic search which was effectively explained by Amit. The concept of Free tagging was also catching interest.

Then Amit Tripathi and Nitesh Kumar Singh who very well explained the usage and operations of cmap tool in complete details and explained the functionality of Knowledge Models covering all the doubts raised by the audience.

This was a very informative and interactive session.

Hands on session (Post lunch)

This was a very useful session where almost all the participants created their account on their own and the agropedia team just had to assist them a little.

Some of them even wrote blogs as well as some of them contributed in wiki & in openagri also.

They were looking forward to the time when we will have content in all our nine crops.

Those who brought their laptops we installed cmap tool on their machines, those who didn't we gave them the tool on their memory sticks and demonstrated the installation procedure.

 

Feedback and Issues


1. Many of the participants queried about the destiny of the project.

2. They even wanted to know about the duration of the project.

3. Crop selection was also asked as on what basis we have selected these nine crops (suggestion came that why not mango instead of litchi (fruit category) and potato instead of vegetable pea (vegetable category)).

4. Content administrator was also inquired quite a number of times. They suggested having content administrator belonging to different agro-climatic zones.

5. To include agriculture experts from agropedia collaborators in the central government call centers (telephonic response for those who don't have access to computers).

6. Participants were ready to provide the data but they were expecting some sort of authorized certificate once their data is published on the site.

7. Many of the professors were excited to use cmap tool instead of ppt's for their teaching purpose.

 

The team gave their best to explain and clear all their doubts and queries.

Overall a very good and nice learning experience.