Online Course on Access to Agricultural Data is Now Open for Registration!

Published: Thursday 12th January 2017
Category: News

ASIRA online course for low-income countries is delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with Research4Life. The course registration is open from 11th to 27th January, 2017.


The goal of this online free course is to provide a platform to enhance the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science, particularly in low-income countries.

The course is designed to serve the needs of researchers, librarians and students who are operating in agricultural science in becoming familiar with academic publishing landscape, latest trends, and using scholarly information resources efficiently including the legal aspect of the field.

ASIRA will be facilitated by experts who will create active participation in the online environment, engage learners, tie the course to the real life practices, act as a guide and provide feedback to the learners.

The course will start on February 13th and last for four weeks until March 10th, 2017. It consists of 3 units including 8 lessons as follows:

Unit I: Scientific Publishing Landscape
Lesson 1: The scientific publishing landscape
Lesson 2: Overview of research and publishing environment in agricultural sciences
Lesson 3: Local information and global access systems
Unit II: Accessing scientific information resources in agriculture
Lesson 4: Identifying information sources
Lesson 5: Using information sources
Lesson 6: Information resources in agricultural sciences
Unit III: Using search results
Lesson 7: Citing and referencing
Lesson 8: Intellectual property and copyright

Participants will be provided with access to all of the relevant course materials as well as online discussion forums, webinars, videos and additional materials.

The course is open to anyone working in agricultural science related institution or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority will be given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries. Group A and Group B respectively. Those who pass the end of course exam successfully will be awarded with a course completion certificate.

Applications must be submitted by January 27th 2017. Please send the completed Registration Form (.pdf .doc or online) and a signed Confirmation Letter form (.pdf or .doc) to [email protected].

Online submission of the Registration Form is also accepted and no need to resubmit the soft copy to the given email address.

You may find the course background information in detail and necessary forms in the attached documents:

If you have any questions or queries, please email us at [email protected].