Crop Information Portal v.2: Server and Data Content
Administration, and Geospatial Data Publishing with Geoserver and Geonetwork
8-17 February, 2017. Islamabad at FAO Representation Office
The Crop Information Portal is a web based, open source platform developed to support
the analysis and dissemination of Pakistan's crop data and related climatic, agronomic,
hydrologic and economic variables. It is a component of the "Agriculture Information System"
project which is funded by the USDA and implemented by SUPARCO with technical support by
FAO and the University of Maryland.
The Portal development started on January 2013 and was delivered as first version in December
of the same year, followed by local initiatives of capacity building and awareness (January 2014).
Based on lessons learned on using the system, local authority representatives and university
specialists highlighted some additional needs to make the system more informative, which were
then assessed and proposed for a second development phase.
It started in early 2015 and finalized on late 2015 for deployment in an operational environment at
the SUPARCO office of Islamabad and the Crop Reporting Service HQs of Lahore (Punjab) and Karachi (Sindh).
Trainings: agenda and outlines
This 8 day event has been arranged in three sequential trainings:
- Feb 8-10: CIP architecture, components and server maintenance
The first step of this training has been an interactive installation of the system on
one of the three LINUX servers on which the CIP platform will be delivered in a production
environment. In performing the installation, a review of the system architecture, components
and their interactions was given with the objective of getting the participants familiar
with the setup, platform components and maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. As part
of this task, test environments through a virtual machine was provided for verifying and
- Feb 11-12: GeoServer and GeoNetwork
GeoServer is an opensource back server application for publishing geographic data on the Web based
on international standards. GeoNetwork is an opensource metadata catalogue
for describing and disseminating geospatial information on the Web using international metadata standards.
Because both systems are core components of the Crop Information Portal platform, an overview
of their functionalities and practical examples of publishing spatial data were given.
- Feb 15-17: Workflows for CIP's data maintenance
The new CIP has a deeply revised graphic interface for content management. This training provides
the audience with an overview of tools and procedures at their disposal to ingest data and perform
basic configurations. Test environments (complete local setup of the portal in a Virtual Machine
implementation) have been made available to participants for practicing the main tasks.
Instructors / Coordinators
Antonio Martucci, Information Systems Officer (FAO-DDN Geospatial Unit)
Lorenzo Pini, System Administrator / Software Engineer (GeoSolutions SAS)
Nine officers and managers from SUPARCO and CRSs of Punjab and Sindh were invited
to attend the trainings:
|No||NAME ||DESIGNATION ||ORGANIZATION|
|1||Mr. Muhammad Farooq||Statistical officer||CRS PUNJAB|
|2||Azaz Ahmed||Assistant Director||CRS PUNJAB|
|2||Mr. Adnan Ahmad Sheikh||Statistical officer||CRS SINDH|
|3||Alamdar Raza||Assistant Director||CRS SINDH|
|4||Rahil Awan||Statistical Officer||CRS SINDH|
|5||Adnan Ahmed Sheikh||Statistical Officer||CRS SINDH|
|6||Hassan Ali||Assistant Manager||SUPARCO|
|8||Rana Muhammad Usman Feroze||Assistant Manager||SUPARCO|
Documents and Presentations
The output of this training can be summarized in three main achievements: 1) delivered version, configured
and quality controlled the updated CIP platform on CRSs and SUPARCO's production servers, with technical
support in making the SUPARCO server live on Internet (cip.sgs-suparco.gov.pk);
2) increased skills of SUPARCO and CRS's technical staff in managing applications and ingest data; 3) promoted
awareness among participants of the need to establish a coordinated governance and mutual assistance
to ensure future sustainability of the system in terms of IT support and data development / sharing.
Special thanks to the FAO Representation Office in Pakistan, in the persons
of Mr Patrick Evans, Francisco Gamarro and Saeed Faisal for having provided
the premises and the logistic assistance to make this training possible.
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 >>>>