Indian scientists have launched an agricultural Wikipedia to act as an online repository of agricultural information in the country. The government-backed initiative, Agropedia, was launched on January 12. The website currently contains information on nine crops--rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea (toor), vegetable pea, litchee, sugarcane, groundnut and sorghum--but its creators say that all agriculture-related topics will be covered eventually.
Content will be continually added and validated through review and analysis by invited
agricultural researchers, in a manner similar to that used by Wikipedia, 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.