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J-Gate@CeRA User-awareness workshop organized at ICAR-SBI

COIMBATORE: ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore organized a one-day J-Gate@CeRA User awareness workshop here on Friday.

Dr Rameshwar Singh, Project Director, ICAR- Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi in his inaugural address said that CeRA has been successfully serving as an R&D information resource base for the Agricultural researchers of our country over the years.

Urging the researchers of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research-Regional Station, ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering-IEP and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to make use of CeRA, Dr Singh mentioned that CeRA is the largest e-resource consortium in the country, after UGC-Infonet. The Document Delivery Request (DDR) is a unique feature of CeRA, he added.

Highlighting some of the new initiatives of CeRA such as trial access to Encyclopedia Britannica, JoVE and a few e-books, Dr Singh felt that research institutes should improve their Net connectivity to effectively utilize CeRA facility.

Dr.Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-SBI, Coimbatore in his Presidential address, complimented the efforts of CeRA in providing quick access to quality journals in the field of Agriculture. Appreciating the initiatives of ICAR-DKMA in showcasing the important technologies of ICAR, Dr Ram suggested that researchers should use the advanced search facility of CeRA for accessing information, rather than conducting searches through common search engines such as Google.

Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Dr D Puthira Prathap, Principal Scientist & Officer In-charge, ICAR-SBI Library said that the discipline of Agricultural sciences has been immensely benefitted with the launch of CeRA in 2007. The high number of un-cited papers, which would come down with access to CeRA, has long plagued the discipline, he said. This is the fifth in the series of CeRA workshops conducted at SBI, since 2008, he informed.

Dr.K.Sivaraman, Principal Scientist & Chairman, Library committee, ICAR-SBI proposed a formal vote of thanks and Dr R.S.Rana, In-charge, CeRA, New Delhi co-ordinated the Interactive session of the workshop.

The workshop, conducted by Informatics India Ltd., Bangalore was attended by 100 participants.


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