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Training/Workshop on agropedia and openagri at Dr. Y.S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan on 14 October 2011

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A training workshop on agropedia and openagri was organized by IIT-K agropedia team at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan on 14 October 2011. 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 31 participants attended the training workshop which included agricultural students and 10  faculty members also showed keen interest by attending the whole workshop and knowing about the portals agropedia and openagri. 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 which conducted the workshop included Dr. Sharwan Shukla and SuneelPandey were the agricultural experts.

Presentation & demo of agropedia portal and openagri

A live presentation on agropedia was conducted by Suneel Pandey of IIT-K. In this session he explained in detail about agropedia and its various features and functions and 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, litchi and safflower) were also demonstrated and their usefulness as a tagging model was also explained.

After this the openagri-An Open Access Agriculture Research Repository was demonstrated. Openagri is the new dimensions of agropedia were any registered user can upload anything and everything published 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.  


The Hands On session

The Hands On session is the end of the training workshop. In this session the participants get the opportunity to come in direct interaction with the agropedia team. They get the chance to 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 its features and functions. They are trained practically on the usage of the site, the methods of creating account, uploading content and image in the 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 site and share their agricultural related knowledge and the lastest developments and technologies being used in agriculture. The agropedia team is there to assist them whenever they face any difficulty in accessing the site. 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.