Current Agricultural Research Information System (CARIS)
CARIS is created by FAO in 1975 to identify and to facilitate the exchange of information about current agricultural research projects being carried out in, or on behalf of, developing countries. The System identifies projects dealing with all aspects of agriculture. The basic unit in CARIS is a set of data describing a single project, giving such details as the project title, objectives, inception and termination dates; names of researchers and their specializations, contact addresses of individuals and institutes carrying out the research.
CGIAR Core Collection Database
The CGIAR’s Core Collection Database contains key records covering everything from the origins of the CGIAR in the late sixties to the present. There are 1939 documents available in full-text format as PDF files, as of February 1, 2010.
Web based Information System for Agricultural Research for Development (WISARD)
WISARD is a web-based information system focusing on projects, organizations, outputs and technologies in the field of agricultural and rural development, and natural resources management. It addresses questions related to ‘Who is doing what where?’ with a user-friendly Search Interface which is developed in co-operation with a broad group of end-users.
WISARD allows decentralization of input data and management. Focal points at organization, network or national level are responsible for maintaining data input and management on-line.
The system is scalable and can be used at organization, network, national and the international level. In addition to data on projects, organizations and experts including a module will be added for depositing outputs of research (publications/ GIS meta-data). Links to financial and accounting packages are envisaged. Furthermore the system is compatible with systems on local knowledge and best practices, notably InterDev and FAO’s Ecoport.
WISARD has been developed by Wageningen Information Services International (WIS Int.) and IAC-KIM Wageningen. Information and management specialists of these organizations have worked together to improve the applicability of the information system for the various user groups in ARD.
WISARD contains 5 parts as below.
- Project Information contains information on projects that are or have been conducted around the world in ARD.
- Person Information contains contact details of persons that may provide expertise to relevance project.
- Input & Management provides interact tool for adding & managing project and organisation information…
- Organisation Information contains information on institutions who focused on the same area of research.
- Output Information contains relevant research information.