New information resource for the semi-arid tropics

ICRISAT (less of a mouthful than ‘The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics’) has announced a new information product they have named ‘EXPLOREit@ICRISAT‘. EXPLOREit (for short) is a web-based system that automatically assembles and updates packages of information about their main subject areas. ICRISAT has initially defined 35 subjects across the spectrum of crops, topics, geographic locations, systems and the knowledge/data stores on which they work.

As they put it:

EXPLOREit weaves together our current knowledge on each of these subjects from across our websites, databases and the internet, making it easily accessible from a single-page starting point. There, the knowledge is sub-organized by tabs so that learners can focus on their areas of interest. For example, for each of our five focus crops the tabs offer the learner an overview, knowledge of the crop’s botany, facts and figures about the crop, releases of improved varieties, past and current major projects on that crop, publications, databases, and public awareness stories.

This is an extraordinarily extensive resource, so much so that it it is easy to get diverted into another topic of interest. My exploratory trip resulted in a visit to uniBRAIN, and I’m sure you will get diverted as well: after all, that’s what it’s there for.

(ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world.)