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'Agricultural Wikipedia' debuts in India


02 February 2009

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Indian scientists have launched an 'agricultural Wikipedia' - Agropedia - to act as an online repository of agricultural information in the country.

The wikipedia, started as a Government-backed initiative, aims to disseminate crop- and region-specific information to farmers and agricultural extension workers — who communicate agricultural information and research findings to farmers — and provide information for students and researchers.

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Image credits: OWSA / Agricultural field in India

Currently comprising information on nine crops — rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea, vegetable pea, lychee, sugarcane, groundnut and sorghum the website will eventually cover all topics related to agriculture.

"Content will be continually added and validated through review and analysis by invited agricultural researchers, in a manner similar to that used by Wikipedia and using open source tools," said V. Balaji, Head of Knowledge Management and Sharing with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a partner in the project.

The site also houses blogs and forums where anyone can provide and exchange knowledge.

The 85 million-rupee (around US$17 million) project is being implemented over 30 months and is backed by the National Agricultural Innovation Project, a six-year government programme intended to modernise agriculture.

The World Bank and the Indian government have provided the funding for the project and six Indian agricultural and technology institutions are partners in the project, providing information and technological expertise.

India is considered a global leader in promoting innovative ways of using technology for farm and rural outreach, Balaji said.

In the last five years close to 12,000 information technology-enabled rural information centres — some with Internet access — have been established but there is still a lack of accessible agricultural information.

It is hoped that even where farmers have no access to the Internet, the Agropedia information can be used as a basis for radio plays, for example, added Balaji.

Agropedia's lead architect, T. V. Prabhakar of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, initially envisioned the website as the equivalent of Wikipedia for global agriculture three years ago, but for now it will concentrate on India-specific information.

He said that the initial phase of the project — developing a mechanism to manage the vast repository of knowledge — is nearly completed, and the next step is to develop ways to disseminate the knowledge.

Trials will soon begin in six locations around the country.

 
Source : SciDev.Net

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