A federated and curated metadata registry of agri-food datasets and data services

About the RING

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The CIARD Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways (RING) is a project implemented within the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative and is led by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

The RING is a global directory of datasets and data services for the agri-food sector. It is the principal tool created through the CIARD initiative to allow information providers to register their services and datasets in various categories and so facilitate the discovery of sources of agriculture-related information across the world.

The RING aims to provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of the outputs of agricultural research and of information relevant to ARD management.

Functions of the RING

  • to provide a map of accessible information sources with instructions on how they can be used effectively;
  • to provide a dataset sharing platform for the agri-food sector;
  • to federate metadata from existing sources whenever possible and alternatively allow for manual submission and curation;
  • to provide examples of services that show good practices on implementing “interoperability”;
  • to clarify the level and mode of interoperability of information sources;

This makes the RING a real “routemap” that guides the user in discovering, accessing and exploiting the existing information sources.

Who uses the RING?

The RING is designed mainly for:

  • agricultural information professionals and website developers looking for interoperable data sources and information services;
  • data scientists looking for datasets that can be processed.

It can also serve consumers of agricultural information as a “bookmark” list of agricultural information services. 

Benefits of using the RING

  • it allows data providers to publicize their services and datasets by registering them;
  • it provides technical metadata on information sources that enable providers of integrated services to discover, access and re-use the data.


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agINFRA The RING is part of the agINFRA project EC 7th framework program INFRA-2011-1.2.2 - Grant agr. no: 283770