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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

Portal HomeThe 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 practicing actions (manual, pdf)
  • 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 (manual, pdf) 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 (FAO)  Antonio Martucci, Information Systems Officer (FAO-DDN Geospatial Unit)
  • lp_portrait (8K)  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:

training participants

1Mr. Muhammad FarooqStatistical officerCRS PUNJAB
2Azaz AhmedAssistant DirectorCRS PUNJAB
2Mr. Adnan Ahmad SheikhStatistical officerCRS SINDH
3Alamdar RazaAssistant DirectorCRS SINDH
4Rahil AwanStatistical OfficerCRS SINDH
5Adnan Ahmed SheikhStatistical OfficerCRS SINDH
6Hassan AliAssistant ManagerSUPARCO
7Zubair IkhlaqManagerSUPARCO
8Rana Muhammad Usman FerozeAssistant ManagerSUPARCO
9Nusrat JavedManagerSUPARCO

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 (; 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.

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