Workshop: "Crop Information Portal and GeoNetwork software"
January 20th-31st, 2014, at SUPARCO, Islamabad, Pakistan
There is a strong need to share information efficiently and consistently among
stakeholders for its effective information utilization. Pakistan Space and Upper
Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in collaboration with the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) made an
effort to develop the Crop Information Portal,
which serves the purpose to support local/national crop reporting services
in data and information dissemination on major crops and agro-meteorological
conditions affecting crop growth.
To give an overview of the Crop Information Portal, its graphical interface with
hands on practice on data extraction, charting and mapping, a training course
was arranged from 20-31 January at SUPARCO Islamabad, Pakistan.
It included training on extracting data, generating maps about major crops and
agro-meteorological variables archived in the Portal. During the training, a thorough
understanding was developed about the web interface, tools and functionalities to
filter the database and extract raw data for further analysis, generate charts and
maps on the fly, analyze the retrieved information and compile outputs to improve
research documents, reports, bulletins or presentations for their own activities.
User guides and practical exercises were arranged to support the practical sessions
during the training.
SUPARCO has facilitated the event by providing training room and equipment,
as well as any other required support. The workshop has been organized
in three following dedicated trainings:
Trainers were: (1) Emanuele Tajariol (Geosolutions Inc), (2) Antonio Martucci (FAO) and (3) Patrizia Monteduro (FAO)
Provide experts from SUPARCO, Provincial Crop Reporting Services (CRS) and Universities
of technical insights on the administration and use of the Crop Information Portal,
and an overview of the state-of-art standards and tools for managing geo-spatial
data by using GeoNetwork opensource software.
Through this training, participants have familiarized with the WEB interface, tools
and functionalities of the Crop Information Portal, and have had details on back-end
components and technologies adopted to build the application. Through practicing
GeoNetwork, participants have become aware of methodologies and tools for
documenting and publishing geospatial data by adopting international standards
and widely adopted protocols.
- Promote and increase awareness of the Portal among Government organizations,
statistics agencies, universities etc..
- Build capacity of extracting data and information on Pakistan's crops and
agromet variables archived in the Portal.
- Provide and overview of the technologies on which the various components
of the Crop Portal infrastructure have been built.
- Provide technical details on tools and procedures for data upload and
management which have been developed for the Portal.
- Provide an overview of concepts and standards for data cataloguing,
documentation, and dissemination, and practice the use of GeoNetwork opensource
software as a metadata and data management tool.
|No||NAME ||DESIGNATION ||ORGANIZATION ||E-MAIL|
|1||Azaz Ahmad||Statistical officer||CRS, PUNJABfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Muhammad Farooq||Statistical officer||CRS, PUNJAB||Farooq.email@example.com|
|3||Muhammad Haris Mazher||Research officer||CRS, PUNJABfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Maqsood-ur-Rahman||Director||CRS, Khyber Pakhtunkhwaemail@example.com|
|5||Muhammad Jamil Khan||Research officer||CRS, Khyber Pakhtunkhwafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Nasir Hameed||Deputy Director||CRS, BALOCHISTANemail@example.com|
|7||Muhammad Farrukh Ghias||Statistician||CRS, SINDHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|8||Alamdar Raza||Assistant Director||CRS, SINDHemail@example.com|
|9||Sarfaraz Ali Bhutto||Statistical officer||CRS, SINDHfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|10||Dr. Abdul Samad Chandio||Assistant Professor||SINDH, AGRI,UNIVERSITY,TANDOJAMemail@example.com|
|11||Dr. Altaf Ali Siyal||Professor||SINDH, AGRI,UNIVERSITY,TANDOJAMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|12||Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Latif||Assistant Professor||UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE FAISALABADemail@example.com|
|13||Umer Saeed||Research officer||UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE FAISALABADfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|14||Muhammad Habib-ur-Rahman||Research officer||UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE FAISALABADemail@example.com|
|16||Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar||Manager||SUPARCO||Ibrar.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|17||Sofia Iqbal||Assistant Manager||SUPARCOemail@example.com|
|18||Raheel Ahmad||Assistant Manager||SUPARCOfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|19||Rana Muhammad Usman Feroze||Assistant Manager||SUPARCOemail@example.com|
Closing cerimony and certificates distribution:
Sep 2, 2015 - A new amendment (no. 3) was signed by USDA and FAO to formalize a no-cost
extension of the project GCP/PAK/125/USA from Oct 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2016.
Aug 8, 2016.
E-bulletin 11, Apr-Jun 2016.
Aug 5, 2016.
E-learning courses on agriculture monitoring and statistics.
Aug 5, 2016.
FAO's ECONET approach and land cover change in Pakistan.
Aug 5, 2016.
Training on Carbon Sequestration.
Aug 5, 2016.
CRS Punjab bulletins Apr 2016.
Apr 22, 2016.
Cotton Production & Analytics.
Mar 1, 2016.
Testing Sentinel-2 images for crop monitoring in Pakistan.
Feb 20, 2016.
Crop Information Portal training.
Jan 20, 2016.
Sugarcane Production & Analytics.
Jan 20, 2016.
Training on REDD+ Technology for Forest Department Officers of Punjab.
Oct 29, 2014.
Agriculture Information System project: roll-out workshop.
Aug 13, 2015.
RS/GIS Training in Forest Management, Lahore, 4-8 May 2015.
FAO Pakistan website
Forum: "Pakistan Agriculture Sector". >>>>
SUPARCO, the National Space Agency of Pakistan
Government of Sindh: Agriculture Department
Agri Punjab >>>>