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Training/Workshop on agropedia and openagri being held on August 30, 2010 at Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya

Training/Workshop on agropedia and openagri at MGCGV, Chitrakoot

Programme Schedule:

9:30-10:30             Registration

11:00-11:30            Inaugration and Introduction speech by VC Prof. KB Pandey

11:30-1:30             Presentation and demo of agropedia portal and Openagri

1:30-2:30               Lunch

2.30-4.30               Hands on session (agropedia portal and openagri)

4:30-4:45               Tea   

4:45-5:00               Feedback   

The Inaugural and Training session

A training workshop was organized by the agropedia IIT-Kanpur with collaboration of Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot, Satna, MP. The inauguration session was started with warm welcome of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. KB Pandey. He gave a brief idea of agropedia portal and focused on the components, features and the utility of the portal to the participants of the workshop. The workshop was divided into two sessions. More than 40 users were participated comprising faculties members, KVK experts and research scholar.


Dr. A. K. Gupta, Dean of Agriculture, Dr. D.P. Rai, H.O.D. Transfer of technology, Dr. S. P. Mishra, HOD, Crop Science and S. S. Gautam HOD Computer Science highlighted the recent trends in technology dissemination and innovation in agricultural field. This was followed by presentation by Dr. Vimlesh Yadav. He clearly defining the concept of semantic web application he drew the distinction between agropedia and other websites on Indian agriculture.


This was followed by presentation and demo on agropedia portal by Mr. Nitesh Singh. The session before the lunch ended with the presentation and demo by Dr. Sharwan Shukla on Knowledge Models. Dr. Shukla explained the usage and operation of cmap tool in details and explained the functionality of Knowledge Models covering all the doubts raised by the audience. This was a very informative and interactive session.

The agropedia team who went to conduct the workshop consists of Mr. Nitesh Singh a technical person and Dr. Vimlesh Yadav, Dr. Sharwan Shukla and  Dr. Rahul Rai were among the agri-scientists.


Presentation and Demo of agropedia portal

Mr. Nitesh Singh gave the presentation and demo part on agropedia portal. In this session he explained in detail about agropedia and its various features and functions. He focused 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.  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  Dos and Don'ts and Package of Practices. Then comes the Interactions space were one can create or write their own wikipage in agrowiki, write a blog entry in agroblog and share any information related to agriculture, post a forum topic in agroforum for any query. The most interactive of all is agrochat which also falls under Interaction were any registered user can do online chatting with the online agricultural scientist and can come on online discussion on any topic related to agriculture. In Recent comments we can view the comments written on the contents and Popular content which includes most read contents.

openagri - An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository was demonstrated was also demonstrated by Mr. Nitesh Singh. Openagri is the new dimensions of agropedia were any registered user can upload anything and everything published journals, write-ups and articles related to agriculture. In this section one can upload their Thesis work, Conference Papers, Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Books, and Conference Proceedings and much more.

Dr. Shrawan Shukla explained the CMaps. Knowledge Models (KMs) on (wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea, vegetable pea, sorghum, groundnut, sugarcane, litchi and safflower) are based on the concept of Cmap tool. The KMs stands as the crucial section in agropedia and all the crops knowledge models are created by following the guidelines prepared by the agricultural experts. The KMs were demonstrated and their usefulness as a tagging model was also explained.

Further down the session Dr. Vimlesh Yadav gave a brief introduction on the concept of Agrotags and Agrotagger which is also one of the important criteria of openagri. Agrotags is a proper subset of Agrovoc which enables semantic searching and retrieval. Agrotags are specially designed with tagging in mind and provides semantic interlinking between documents. Agrotagger allows assigning key phrases automatically from Agrotags.

Further down the session Dr. Rahul Rai gave a brief introduction on vKVK (Virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) which is a simple to use platform that provides facilities like Text messages and Voice messages (sms) for services like advisory, alert and private messages.

The Hands On session

With the Hands On session we come to the end of the training workshop. In this session the participants gain the practical knowledge of all that was online demonstrated on agropedia. Every participants get chance to browse through the agropedia site. They browse through the whole site and get 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, and 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.

On the whole the workshop was conducted very well and it remained a wonderful experience for both which includes the participants from MGCGV University and also for the agropedia team. We the agropedia team is grateful to the institute for the cooperation we received from the University.