The RING is a global directory of data services and datasets for food and agriculture. It is the principal tool created through the CIARD initiative to allow information providers to register their services and datasets in various categories and so facilitate the discovery of sources of agriculture-related information across the world.
Besides interactive registration, now the RING also offers automatic harvesting of interoperable dataset catalogs (CKAN, Dataverse).
The RING aims to provide an infrastructure to improve the accessibility of the outputs of agricultural research and of information relevant to ARD management.
As of December 2017, there are 800 data providers and 4800 data services, of which 2700 datasets.
Functions of the CIARD RING
- to provide a map of accessible data sources with instructions on how they can be used effectively;
- to provide a dataset sharing platform for agriculture;
- to provide examples of services that show good practices on implementing “interoperability”;
- to clarify the level and mode of interoperability of information sources;
- to provide instructions for building enhanced integrated services that repackage information in different ways.