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agropedia is a vision which seeks to address lacunae in Indian agriculture knowledge and application, specifically the lack of content, organized information, and extension services which are serious challenges. It has developed delivery mechanisms such as vKVK and KVK-Net, which are a means to connect extension scientists and farmers, based on its web platform which hosts information on agriculture and rural livelihood.  The web platform, agropedia, is unique in the agricultural domain as it is semantically organized and enabled so as to assist one in getting exactly what information or service she or he is looking for. Along with content in the library section, certified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (gyan dhara), it also allows space for interaction, knowledge co-creation (jana gyan) and social networking (chat, blog, forum) making the site dynamic and learning participative.

agropedia has an objective to build up an agricultural knowledge repository for India in the form of textual, audio and video clippings, which is delivered through the web. It wants to make a proper knowledge network among the different actors of the agriculture community by developing an open platform of knowledge sharing in the agricultural domain. 

The combination of getting authentic agricultural knowledge and information with the option of sharing own views can hardly be found in any Indian agricultural site. In this sense the process of gathering the wide spread agricultural knowledge and dissemination of this knowledge through e-network is unique.

This site provides the option for more specific search on a specific agricultural topic. In the agropedia one can increase his knowledge as well as can share his agricultural information with others.'Extension Material' includes different types of content, provided or thoroughly checked by the agricultural scientists. Beside this, anyone can create content and share his opinion and experiences through wiki, blogs, forum and online chat. Facilities provided in this site are incorporated by taking into account the requirement of different types of users. Every one can find and use his favourable way for creation and sharing of agricultural knowledge as the contents are provided through different form.

 Registration is free and any one can register just by creating an account in agropedia portal.

Presently, all the registered users are able to add content under all the categories.

A:Only the consortium partners have the authority to upload content in the Extension Material. The UAS- Dharwad and ZPD-IV, Kanpur, are the main content providers. IIM Calcutta, IIT-Kanpur and ICRISAT may also provide some content. However, in the Interaction section which includes Agrowiki, Agroblog and Agroforum each and every user can provide content on agricultural related issues. Contributions to the Interaction section are highly encouraged.

A:The users are expected to be extension workers from KVKs and NGOs, agricultural researchers, scientists, experts, academic institutions, organizations, Agricultural Research Stations (ARSs), advanced farmers, traders, retailers, and self-help-group.  Anyone with a keen interest in agriculture can access this site, contribute towards it and engage in healthy discussion.

A:Other supporting partners include Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), many ICAR organisations, National Agricultural Research System (NARS),IIT- Madras, some NGOs like WIZMIN, Shramik Bharti, Central Research Institutes, State Agricultural Universities like Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural university (ANGRAU)- Andhra Pradesh, and other agricultural related institutes as National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Sri Aurobindo Institute of Rural Development (SAIRD)- Andhra Pradesh (Gaddipalli), TATA-Chemicals. Moreover, some consortium partners are linked with two Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)/ Agricultural Research Stations (ARSs) each.

IITK works as the provider of technical and architectural wherewithal to develop and host the knowledge management platform, which is the agropedia. IITB and IIITM-Kerala provide specific agricultural services through specific portlets in the agropedia user interface. IITB develops a question answer forum on agriculture, named aAQUA (http://aaqua.persistent.co.in/aaqua/forum/index).  The contents for agropedia will be provided by the GBPUAT, Pantnagar and UAS, Raichur. They are also the implementing partners.  The NAARM and ICRISAT works as the support partners. ICRISAT is the consortium leader and coordinator who work as a channel for communication and overall impact assessment.

Other supporting partners includes:

  • ICRISAT, Hyderabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • UAS-Raichur
  • ZPD-IV, Kanpur

Presently, there are people of three broad areas, as technical background, agriculturalists, and social science background, working together at IITK for developing the AGROPEDIA.The technical experts work on computer programming for developing the basic technological framework of AGROPEDIA. The agricultural experts give focus on developing knowledge models using Concept-map tools and providing some relevant contents in Extension Material, AgroWiki, Blog, and Forum. The social science people help in finding out its impact on users and the existing socio- economic structure with its shortcomings, if any.

The users are expected to be extension workers from KVKs and NGOs. In addition, agricultural researchers, scientists, experts, academic institutions, organizations, Agri..RS, farmers, agricultural workers, traders, retailers, and self-help-group would find agropedia indica useful. Anyone with a keen interest in agriculture can access this site and contribute towards it and engage in healthy debate.

You can request for a new password in case you have lost your password.

     For new password one has to open the agropedia site and Click on 'Request for new password' mentioned below the User Login section on the right hand side of agropedia homepage.

     A new page will open, give your Username or e-mail address details and Click on the button below 'E-mail Address new password'

To change password one has to open the agropedia site and Click on 'Request for new password' mentioned below the User Login section on the right hand side of agropedia homepage.

A new page will open, give your Username or e-mail address details and Click on the button below 'E-mail Address new password'

 

When a user uploads contents which not relevant to agriculture and also when they do not fill up their user detail page properly.

To contact with the agropedia team

    Go to About Us menu given in the menu bar and Click on 'Contact Us'

Usage_of_site

agropedia basically has two types of search:- substring (basic search just like google) and the other one is semantic (tag specific-based on taxonomy). Now the search we see on the right top page of agropedia is a substring search: If you type rice fertilizers there, it will give some 4 pages (approx 40) results. But if you search it inside the section Library of agropedia which has fully semantic based searching, there we need to type the keyword which matches completely with tagset which are present in our taxonomy. To get the exact keyword first we need to click on either Browse search interface of Library page or Content Index search interface using these interfaces we get the exact "word" to be searched. Example:After selecting Rice in the first box we should write "basmati rice" which is a tag in our tagset and not just "basmati".

To edit any of the knowledge models the user has to send a mail to agropedia administrator or else he can post his comments/suggestions under 'Discussion on KM' (http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/?q=content/blog-knowledge-model-discussion).

To add comment to any content click on that content. On the lower right side you will find an option 'Add new comment', click on that and with an appropriate title write a comment to it.

To add link in agropedia content

Select the line you want to add link into and as you select the link you will see that the link icon is highlighted.

Select add link by selecting Insert/Edit link (Second row ninth button from right) from the toolbar of the document editor under add content option. One can also insert link through Insert link option given below the document editor.

One can add image by selecting insert image from the toolbar of the document editor under add content option. In the insert image option (Second row sixth button from right) one can also resize the image according to the need. One can also insert image through 'Insert image 'option given below the document editor.

Here it is very easy to create a table as it provides all the functionalities of a word document. Click on the Create wiki page, and then click on the insert new table option from the menu bar of the word document (Third row first button from left) provided in the page. Here one can also insert a table through 'Paste from word' option (Second row fifth button from left), if he has already prepared a table in his word file.

To add content first enter into the specific type of content like library, crop calendar, dos & don'ts, agrowiki, agroblog, or forums for which you want to add content. Then click on add or create content option which will give you a document editor, having mostly common features of Microsoft word, through which you can add content.

Write the keyword you want to search for, in the 'Search' option, and for specific search, go to the 'Advance search' option.

Click on contact us (under footer) for details.

Yes, but can be seen only by the agropedia administrator.

When username and password are not matched, or provided incorrectly.

If a user is found to continuously provide unnecessary content, then he will be blocked by the administrator.

Click on 'Request new password' option displayed in the 'User login' space of the homepage.

Go to the User Login section given in the left hand side of the homepage and click on 'Create new account'. It will open a user account page. Fill in your details and submit the page, you will receive an email with password. It is suggested to change the password immediately.

 

Every one can see all content and comments with the contributor's name and the date on which he creates /edits.

Knowledge_Model

Knowledge models are the structural representation of knowledge developed by using pieces of knowledge and relationships between them. In our case we create it by using the Concept Map (C-Map) Tools. In other words, a collection of Concept Maps associated with resources (like text, image, audio, and video clips) known as knowledge models.

Concept map is a diagrammatically presentation of a concept with arrows and nodes; where nodes present the related terms of the focused concept and the arrow shows the relations of that concept with the other nodes.

The Concept Map (CMap) tools software empowers users to construct, navigate and share knowledge models represented as Concepts Maps. It allows users to easily construct CMaps and link it with the related resources like text, image, audio, video clips and with other CMaps.

KMs are visual representations of the important concepts in agriculture and the relationships between them. It is a way of organizing, representing and visualizing the knowledge graphically. These have been designed with the intention of using them for indexing and browsing the content that we gather in the repository. Such models are useful in teaching as well. The Knowledge Models can also support inferencing and decision support systems.

Here we create the knowledge models with the help of C-Map tool software which allows users to easily construct CMaps and link it with the related resources. This tool, by default, provides spaces for concepts as nodes and by clicking on the node it provides the space for relationship with arrows. This tool helps in the representation of a large CMaps as one can split a large CMaps into different small parts and then navigate them through links. The users can also link and add images, video, sound clips and text in the CMap as resources and convert it into knowledge model easily. For details open and look at the Guide Lines for Creating Knowledge Models under Knowledge Models menu.

Open and follow the 'Guide Lines for Creating Knowledge Models' provided under Knowledge Models (http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/?q=content/knowledge-models)

The agricultural scientists only after getting a separate log in and password from the agropedia administrator can create and edit the knowledge models.

Follow this procedure:
Click on CMap tool software
Click on shared CMap (it will link you with server). CMap server opens and you can find already uploaded CMaps.
Select the folder in which you want to upload the CMap.
Right click and select Add
Click on Resources
Select Add Resources
Click on My CMap & Select the knowledge model you want to upload
Click on Add to upload knowledge model in the server.

Concept map is a diagrammatically presentation of a concept with arrow and nodes; where nodes present the related terms of the presented concept and the arrow shows the relations of that concept with the other terms or nodes.

Concept mapping tools allow you or your students to visually depict a system by creating a map in which nodes represent ideas or facts, and lines or arrows between nodes represent relationships (for example, cause-and-effect relationships, a category and sub-cate gory relationships, and so on).

Extension_Material

This space of agropedia portal deals with the certified contents added to the portal mainly by the agricultural scientists of the consortium partners of the project in the form of 'Library' content, 'Crop Calendar' or 'Dos and Don'ts' on the nine selected crops- Chickpea, Groundnut, Litchi, Pigeonpea, Rice, Sorghum, Sugarcane, Vegetablepea, and Wheat. Library: The document like contents. Crop Calendar: Month-wise package of practices of agricultural crops "Dos and Don'ts: Important information about what should and should not be done during crop production & allied fields.

There are different methods to search for different types of content, like
Library content can be searched through index or through browsing knowledge models or through general search option
'Crop Calendar' by clicking on the months from the month-table and
'Dos & don'ts'by clicking on crops in the crop-table

Enter into the specific type of content as Library, Dos and Don'ts, or Crop Calendar where you want to add content. Then click on the 'Add Content' option.

Any existing content can be modified or edited only by the creator of that content. He has to select the content where he will get the Edit option through which he can edit his content.

 

The content is not shown in the website, till it is not checked and published by the agropedia administrator. In the mean time you can view the content under the 'Shortcuts' available on the left hand side of the agropedia homepage as 'Unverified post'.

In 'Extension Material' only the certified contents are available. If any user uploads a content in any section of the Extension Material, the content will directly go to the 'Unverified' posts page. The content will be published on the agropedia homepage only after it is verified by the administrator or an agri expert.

 

To modify the existing content in the Extension Material

  • Click on the the content you want to modify, then
  • Click on the 'Edit' button and modify the content
  • Click on the 'Save' button to save the modofications done.

 To write comment and suggestion on any content:-

   Go to Extention Material section and Click on the link of the content

   The content will open and then click on 'Add new comment'

   Write your comment and click on 'Preview' and then click on the 'Save' button

 

 

 

Agrowiki is developed by using the concept of ‘Wiki’, popularised by wikipedia i.e. everyone is able to search and create content regarding agriculture, and share it with their peers. Here one can also visualize and upload images and audio abd video files in addition to text.

Interaction

This is the social interactions space for the agropedia users, which is based on web 2.0 technology. In contrast with the extension material it deals with contributed knowledge coming up through the active involvement of the users in agrowiki, agroblog, Forum and agrochat.

agrowiki is developed by using the concept of 'Wiki', popularised by Wikipedia i.e. everyone is able to search and create content regarding agriculture, and share it with their peers. Here one can also visualize and upload images in addition to text.

agrowiki is related to agricultural domain where Wikipedia is dealing with all types of information.  agrowiki is easier to use than Wikipedia especially in case of create a wiki page. It provides users a word document with a toolbar having all possible functionalities which are commonly used by them in creating a document. The authenticity of content in case of wikipedia is doubtable whereas in agropedia we have certified content under the category Extension Material. agropedia provides different features like blog, forum, chat, wiki to share and learn agicultural information and experiences but it is not in case of wikipedia.

To search a content on Agrowiki:-

Write the keywords of the content or the name of the topic in the search box available on the right hand side of the agropedia homepage

Select agrowiki from the options available and then click on search.

 

 

Click on  'Agrowiki' provided on the homepage of agropedia

A new page opens, Click on 'Create Wiki Page'

Create your wiki content and Click on the 'Save' button given below

 

 

 

If you are a registered user of agropedia site then you can write articles.

Any existing content can be modified or edited by all the registered users of agropedia. They just have to select the content where they will get the edit option through which they can edit the content.

If it is not relevant in the agricultural context or there is something wrong in the article then the agropedia administrator can delete the article.

Write the user's name in the general search option, given at the top corner of the window, then search. It will open a search result page. At the top of this page, there is an option 'Users' next to 'Help' and 'Content'. Click on 'Users' the search result will give you the link for that user's profile. Here at the end of the page you get the link for his blog.

There is no direct search option for content under blog. Search option is avaliable on the right hand side of the agropedia homepage.

 

 To create a Blog entry:-

 Click on the 'Agroblog' and a new page will open.

 Click on 'Create Blog Entry to create content.

 Write your blog and the click on the 'Save' button.

 Only the registered users are able to create blog entry and add comments.

There is no such search option for content under forum. By clicking on the relevant forum crop you can get your desired content or you can take help of the 'Specific search' option given under the general search option of the agropedia site.

Click on Forum; then click on Post new forum topic to put your question.

Click on Forum; select the topic for which you want to give a reply (or comment) and then click on the reply or add new comment option.

Only the consortium partners have the authority to upload content in the Extension Material. The UAS- Dharwad and ZPD-IV, Kanpur, are the main content providers. IIM Calcutta, IIT-Kanpur and ICRISAT may also provide some content. However, in the Interaction section which includes Agrowiki, Agroblog and Agroforum each and every user can provide content on agricultural related issues. Contributions to the Interaction section are highly encouraged.

To create a new article in Agrowiki:

  • Click on 'Agrowiki' of agropedia homepage
  • It will take you to next page 'Welcome to agrowiki'
  • Click on the link below 'Create Wiki page'
  • Fill up all the Fields available and then click on the 'Save' button.

Yes, any user who is registered with the agropedia site can write in agrowiki.

If the article uploaded is not relevant to agriculture will be deleted by the admin of agropedia.

To add comment on any content of Agrowiki:

  • Click on the link at the end of the content 'Add new comment'
  • Write your comment on the box opened below
  • Click on the 'Save' button