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Report on agropedia training workshop at Palampur, CSK Himanchal Pradesh Agricultural University

 

Introduction

A training workshop was organized by the IIT-K agropedia Team with Collaboration  of Dr. R.S. Rana, Deparment of Agronomy at CSK Himanchal Pradesh Agricultural University,  Palampur on 7th May, 2010. Our main objective behind organizing such training-cum-workshops covering in almost all the agricultural universities in India is to create awareness about the agropedia portal in the agricultural community as a whole. The workshop was organized with a belief to let people know about agropedia and also the new features added to it like openagri and writing messages to the registered users. Many agricultural students participated in the training workshop and showed interest in knowing about agropedia. Around 50 Ph. D and M.Sc. scholars attended the workshop. The IIT­-K agropedia team who conducted the workshop consists of Dr. Vimlesh Yadav, Dr. Sharwan Shukla;  agricultural experts, Nitesh Singh, technical person; K. K. Dubey and Deepak Kumar looked after the administration part.

 

Presentation On agropedia & openagri

First of all, Dr. R.S. Rana Agronomist, Deparment of agronomy has inaugurate agropedia training/workshop programme. The first session of the training workshop was conducted by Mr. Nitesh Singh. He focused on the brief description on agropedia, its basic features and functionalities. He explained the basic things about agropedia as how agropedia site is different from other agricultural sites. He laid emphasis on the two types of searches provided in the agropedia site. The difference between semantic and syntactic search- the two types of searches which is only available in agropedia portal and the difference between certified and uncertified content. Further on, he gave a live presentation on the portal explaining the Extension Material which includes-Library, Dos and Don'ts and Crop Calendar, the methods of creating own wikipage through agrowiki, writing a blog through agroblog and posting a question and answer through agroforum and the procedure of chatting through agrochat in the Interaction section.  He also demonstrated the procedure of uploading content, writing or replying to a comment, uploading images to the site and writing message to the user which is the new functionality added to the site.

Dr. Sharwan Shukla focused on the Knowledge Model section which is also the main attraction of the agropedia portal. He gave detailed information on the ten crop knowledge model being displayed in the agropedia portal. He focused on the method of creating a knowledge model of a particular crop following the guidelines prepared by our agricultural scientists. Currently, there are ten knowledge models being prepared on different crops and displayed in the site and the crops are-Rice, Wheat, Pigeonpea, Sugarcane, Chickpea, groundnut, Litchi, Sorghum, Vegetable-Pea and Safflower.

Later on, in continuation of the workshop session Dr. Vimlesh Yadav took over the openagri - An Open Access Agricultural Research Repository with a brief description on openagri, its features and functions. He explained the basic things about openagri as how openagri site is different from other repositories. Further on, he gave a live presentation on openagri and also focused on the types of content to be uploaded and the process of uploading the content in openagri. openagri contains thesis work, conference papers, articles, journals, books, book chapters and conference proceedings related to agriculture. He also said that one day it will turn out to be a huge library for all the agriculture related people. Any information regarding agriculture can be browsed through it.

 

Hands On session

After lunch we started for the Hands On session. The main motive stands providing practical knowledge to the participants because only theoretical knowledge is not enough if your aim is to get success in a particular field. Here in the Hands On session the participants are asked to be friendly with the site. The entire participants are told to browse through the agropedia site. They are asked to create their own account and become a registered user, learn the methods of uploading content and images to the site, add content, writing a wiki page in agrowiki, blog and forum and how to interact through chat. In this session they also get to learn to prepare knowledge models on different crops and upload journals and articles in openagri. The agropedia team is always present there to assist the participants in case they get stuck somewhere or have any query.

In continuation to this the Question and Answer session was conducted. In this session we raise question related to agropedia site and the participants are asked to answer. The participants get a good chance to be in interaction with the team, clear their doubts, and ask queries and give there feedbacks. The feedbacks taken guide us in improving our site and making it more user friendly for all kinds of users.

 

FEEDBACK

  • They liked the concept of knowledge model defining it as an interesting feature and asked to add more knowledge models.
  • They said learning through knowledge is easier.
  • They were not satisfied with one day training programme.
  • The participants found the agropedia site very interesting and assured to add contents to it.

 

We the IIT-K agropedia team were also obliged by the warm behaviour and co-operation they maintained throughout the training/workshop session which ultimately helped us in making it a successful one.