A New European Initiative: Organic.Edunet Launched

10 March 2008

organicOxford University Library Services (OULS) in collaboration with Intute: Health and Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham is one of 15 partners from 10 European countries that is building an on-line repository to promote the study and teaching of Organic Agriculture and Agro-Ecology.

This new European project, Organic.Edunet, aims to raise awareness about Organic Agriculture and Agro-ecology in schools, colleges, and universities. The project will set up a network of online repositories with educational resources from various content producers, accessible from the Organic.Edunet Web portal, providing a multilingual environment that will facilitate end-users’ search, retrieval, access and use of the educational resources.

The project will also develop educational scenarios, using digital content to support teaching of concepts related to Organic Agriculture and Agro-ecology in schools, colleges, and universities. These will be piloted in more than 10 European countries.Overall, Organic.Edunet aims to inform schoolchildren, students, and teachers about the benefits of Organic Agriculture and Agro-ecology, and to cultivate a sustainable lifestyle. Coordinated by the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET S.A.) the project is EU funded.

Intute’s role is in providing descriptions for relevant web resources from the Intute database, and enhancing them to Organic.Edunet standards ( based on the IEEE LOM application profile). Oxford is assisting in testing and publicising the portal, and advising on content and the development of a specialist ontology.

The formal launch coincided with the second project meeting, held at Klosterneuburg, just outside Vienna, 5-7 March. The meeting was hosted by the Höhere Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau, Austria’s research and teaching centre for wine and fruit growing.

For more information, please visit:www.organic-edunet.eu

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