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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Printed information needs of small-scale organic farmers in KwaZulu-Natal


Four resource-poor farmer groups in KwaZulu-Natal participated in a study to explore how to meet their need for printed agricultural information materials (PAIMs) to promote small-scale commercial organic farming. Participatory rural appraisal methods (focus groups, semi-structured questions, information tabulation, voting, ranking, sorting and observation) were used to determine how farmers access innovative agricultural information, their preferences for information channels, the effect of literacy and language on their use of printed information, and the provision of relevant printed information materials. Participants evaluated five PAIMs. The findings show that there is a critical need for appropriately repackaged PAIMs to reach farmers. Intermediaries, on whom farmers rely for external (mostly oral) information, could expose farmers to alternative information channels and/or sources. Materials written in the farmers' first language, isiZulu, were preferred, while at least one functionally literate farmer was a member of each of the participating groups, thereby facilitating group literacy The study concludes that printed materials on their own are not sufficient to meet small-scale farmers' new information needs, and recommends a collaborative, action research approach to ensure that farmers are involved in developing their agricultural knowledge and information systems.

  • ZA
  • Univ_KwaZulu_Natal_UKZN (ZA)
Data keywords
  • knowledge
  • information system
Agriculture keywords
  • agriculture
  • farming
Data topic
  • information systems
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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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