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Training/Workshop on agropedia and openagri at AAU on 16 November, 2011

Report on Training/Workshop on agropedia and openagri

Introduction

A training workshop was organized by IIT-Kanpur, agropedia team at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, Assam on 16 November, 2011. Dr. Sharwan Shukla from the agropedia team conducted the workshop. The workshop was on two platforms agropedia and openagri. The workshop was organized with a view to create awareness among the agricultural people and the community as a whole. Overall 32 participants attended the training workshop program. 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 very enthusiastic and waited patiently for the next session of the training workshop. With the joint efforts and cooperation of the institute the workshop was a successful event. 

Presentation on agropedia

Suneel Pandey demonstrated the whole site of agropedia. In this session he primarily focuses in providing training to the workshop participants on how to use the agropedia website. In this session the participants are given practical training of how to operate the agropedia site as well as were our main objective stands to make the users familiar with the contents and features of the website so that one can able to click on the right link and on the webpage in order to quickly and easily access the right information. During the training session the participants saw the 'knowledge models' of various crops created by the NAIP partners.  Then to the Extension Material which consists of 'library' where one can search information specific to their need, and add information to it. Further we moved on to 'crop calendar' and 'dos and don'ts' and described the knowledge contained. Training was also provided on the preparation of knowledge models on different crop varieties based on the guidelines prepared by our agricultural scientists.

After teaching the methods of receptive interaction, we shifted towards the training of contributive interaction with the agropedia website. During this session, the features of web pages titled 'agroblog', 'agrowiki', 'forum', 'agrochat' and 'users discussion' were demonstrated and explained. Here the participants were trained on different methods to participate in contributing knowledge to the agropedia. The participants were guided on uploading contents to agrowiki & Library, uploading images, writing a blog entry and forum and online chatting facility through agrochat.

Presentation on openagri

Later down the session he gave a presentation on openagri - An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository and explained the basic things about openagri as how openagri site is different from other repositories and also focused on the types of content to be uploaded and the method 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 and accessed through it.

The Hands On session

The last session of our training workshop was The Hands On session. In this session the participants browse through the websites. The participants browse through the whole site and get familiar to the site, its features and functions. They are trained practically on the total usage of the site, the methods of creating account, uploading content, uploading image in content, writing comment or replying to a comment, creating wikipage, blog entry, and forum topic, agrochat, using multilingual editor and inviting their friend on agropedia. Some of the participants even shared their experiences in agroblog, agrowiki and raised queries in agroforum. In this session the participants access the portal on their own and check the features, functions and usage of the site demonstrated earlier.