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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Intermediate roles in privatised extension systems: The Dutch case


The privatisation of formerly state extension services in European countries did not only bring about benefits. At present in the Netherlands several programmes, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, are ongoing to re-establish linkages that got lost in the post privatisation period. The Dutch experience sheds some light on functions that seem to be crucial in Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS). Are there essential functions that tend to be overlooked in privatised systems? Different concepts of knowledge, rooted in different rationalities, lead to different answers to this question. Recent Dutch history shows how these rationalities have changed from an expert orientation to dominance of the market and a recent interest in networks. It is hoped that networks will restore connections that got lost in the over-competitive knowledge market. In this paper I argue that it is impossible to construct a suitable list of essential functions for AKIS. Connection is the key word, but there are many ways to create and maintain it. A better perspective is to make sure that any network has at least one free actor capable of doing what is necessary to keep relevant networks healthy, meaning that stakeholders are connected. This calls for special attention for the position of intermediate roles in AKIS.

      Data keywords
      • knowledge
      • information system
      Agriculture keywords
      • agriculture
      Data topic
      • information systems
      • knowledge transfer
      Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future: New Visions for Rural Areas
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