A new FAO partnership established with The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries (UNTB) supports the delivery of new online training activities to enhance the access and understanding of the knowledge platforms, AGORA and Research4Life.
What is AGORA/Research4Life:
Since 2003 FAO has led AGORA, a knowledge platform that provides free or low-cost access to major scientific journals and books on food and agriculture to public institutions in the lower-income countries.
AGORA, through the five Research4Life programmes, provides access to almost 100,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, the environment, and applied sciences. More than 9,000 institutions in over 120 low- and middle-income countries are benefiting from free or low-cost online access from AGORA.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC):
With the joint objective to enhance the access to recent scientific knowledge, UNTB and FAO will run two editions of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled: “Research4Life Online Training Tools to develop capacities in information use, scholarly communication and information management in least developed countries”.
The MOOC follows a modular structure, which allows participants to study their area of interest throughout a five-week period. The course covers topics relevant across all Research4Life programmes, such as the scholarly communication landscape, information literacy skills, advocacy and capacity development strategies. Additionally, it provides discipline-specific information for Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI.
Who Can Participate:
FAO works with many partners in the country offices worldwide, which may be eligible for access to Research4Life, and which would benefit highly from current scientific information.
The courses are set to be delivered in June and October 2020. FAO is currently collecting expressions of interest through an online application form. Interested participants can express interest via the form until the end of May.