Farm researchers urged to make use of ICAR’s digital resources.

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A training – cum – awareness workshop on Consortium of e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) called for promoting ICT-driven technology and information dissemination systems to improve agricultural research in the country. Keeping pace with the current knowledge diffusion trends, the new-generation researchers should come forward to utilise the digital knowledge resources maintained by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the workshop proposed.

The workshop was held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) to create awareness in using CeRA on J-Gate platform. An ICT-driven initiative by ICAR, the CeRA is a consortia mode of journal subscription and electronic information services which help in saving huge resources by avoiding duplication in journal subscription by various agricultural research institutes and universities under the National Agricultural Research System.

Addressing the librarians and research scholars, SK Singh, Project Director, Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, ICAR, said CeRA would help upscale the existing R&D information resource base of ICAR research institutions and agricultural universities comparable to world’s leading institutions. This will definitely help improve the quality of scientific publications, research and teaching, he added. Librarians representing the ICAR research institutes and agri universities located in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala attended the workshop.

Source: Business Line

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