e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Text, Textiles and Techne: On the Barthesian Myth of the T-shirt


As a form of cloth and clothing, the T-shirt "speaks" at once about the "seen" surface of materiality, of imagery and of embodiment; and about the "unseen" depth of cultural disposition, of socio-politics and of commodification. The T-shirt in this respect is considered a text, a techa of productive knowledge, and read as the textility of both thought and matter. This article discusses the "mythical" reading of the T-shirt with specific reference to the semiology of Roland Barthes. The discussion begins with the proposition of the T-shirt as material culture, the T-shirt consumed in such a way as to articulate the complex signifying fabric of cultural systems in the practices of everyday life. The "system of object" of the T-shirt in this regard is perceived as an activity consisting of the systematic manipulation of signs. We then discuss the relationship between material culture and semiology; and how the T-shirt may possibly relate to Barthes's notion of "myth." The Barthesian myth suggests the production of the "second-order language" of the T-shirt. The consumption of the T-shirt in this sense is considered at once ontologically social and ideological. This becomes a basis for exploring the mythical reading of the T-shirt using two T-shirt "works of art": the "T-shirt painting" of Untitled (Jimi Hendrix) by Richard Prince (1992-3); and the "designed T-shirt," the "Tunku Abdul Rahman T-Shirt" by Pop Malaya (2007). It is argued that both T-shirts suggest a very particular mythical reading, Le. of Americanization and of counter-Americanization. This mythical reading prompts the dialectical conflict between the "face and surface" of the T-shirt. We term this the "(sur)face of the T-shirt." This article therefore paves the way for possibly linking textile studies of the T-shirt between fashion, the human body, and the sociologic study of mass culture.

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  • AU
  • Univ_Putra_Malaysia (MY)
  • Univ_Sydney (AU)
Data keywords
  • knowledge
Agriculture keywords
  • cultural system
Data topic
  • information systems
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  • Univ_Sydney (AU)
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e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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