E-Agriculture

Sridhar Gutam

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Sridhar Gutam
Sridhar GutamIndian Council of Agricultural ResearchIndia

Its very nice topic to be discussed on what we are sharing and what needs to be shared. I am working as senior scientist at ICAR institute in lucknow. Sharing is a new concept in NARS, India. Only during last year, we can see some of the research articles are being shared as few journals have become Open Access. Before them few other journals are in Open Access mode. But only for few journals at higher level, a policy was made to make ICAR journals Open Access. To achieve this, many people who are advocates of OA had put lots of efforts.

Now slowly, establishment of repositories talk had come up. Only four institutes had so far established Institutional Repositories in NARS, India.

When internationally "sharing" for public good is be talked about, we at ICAR level are still not able to talk about it. Now the more emphasis is being on IPR (=Patents).

More sensitization on sharing is need to be advocated in ICAR, SAUs (whole of NARS).

Sridhar Gutam
Sridhar GutamIndian Council of Agricultural ResearchIndia

Hi all, I am late to join this forum. I am now working at Unit of Simulation and Informatics at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. I am basically interested in emprowerment of agricultural farmers and scientists in use of ICT for Agricultural Development. I have seen many of the inititatives are being taken up in India on Agriculture but, they are not much popular. It means that they are restricted to only few subjects/areas/institutes. I wish everyone who is into agriculural research and farming should be using more and more ICTs. I would also like to add that use of Free and Open Source Software for these ICTs should be mandatory.