India launches Agricultural Wikipedia
Scientists in India have launched an Agricultural Wikipedia, which will act as an online database of agricultural information in the country.
It goes by the name of Agropedia.
It provides crop and region specific information so that farmers can not only find information about their region, but can also provide information to other farmers and researchers.
The website currently contains information on nine crops — rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea, vegetable pea, lychee, sugarcane, groundnut and sorghum — but its creators say that all agriculture-related topics will be eventually covered.
Content will be continually added and validated through review and analysis by invited agricultural researchers, in a manner similar to that used by Wikipedia and using open source tools, says V. Balaji, head of knowledge management and sharing with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a partner in the project.
The site also houses blogs and forums where anyone can provide and exchange knowledge.
It costs 85 million rupees and will be built up over the next 30 months with backing from the National Agricultural Innovation Project.
India is considered a leader for promoting ways to use technology to improve farming and rural areas of the country.