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Workshop on
Learning Technology Standards for Agriculture and Rural Development
Athens, Greece, September 19, 2008

in conjunction with the
4th International Conference on Information & Communication
Technologies in Bio & Earth Sciences (HAICTA'08)


Interoperability has been judged essential in order to realize an
open infrastructure for learning that can put a wide diversity of
tools and content in the hands of learners and tutors.  It allows
the preservation of crucial learning and teaching information (such
as competency profiles, learning activities, learning metadata and
resources), as well as its future reuse among a large number of
different systems and repositories. Recent standardization and
specification efforts in the area of learning technologies have
improved this vision.

On the other hand, in the field of agricultural education, the
specifications and standards produced by groups and bodies working on
learning technologies have not yet been widely adopted and implemented.
It is essential to identify, collect and report experience from the
large-scale implementation of learning technology specifications and
standards in the agricultural domain. Sharing this experience with
other people working on similar topics, and providing feedback from
such implementations to standardization initiatives of the agricultural
information management domain, can prove valuable. Apart from leading
towards a wider dissemination of learning technology standards for
educational applications, it can help us reaching a potential consensus
of related work by comparing and harmonizing similar/competing approaches.

The aim of the AgroLT 2008 Workshop is to bring together researchers
and implementers that are working on the design and development of
technology-enhanced learning systems and services to support the needs
of the agricultural and rural communities. It aims to serve as a
discussion forum where interested experts will present the results of
their work, exchange experience, and establish liaisons with other
groups that are working on related subjects. Overall, it aims to
outline the rich potential of the agricultural domain as an application
field for learning technologies.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (but not limited to):

* Describing and categorising agricultural learning resources using 
standards such as IEEE LOM and DC
* Designing and building learning repositories for agriculture and rural 
* Federating and querying agricultural repositories
* Describing learning opportunities for agricultural stakeholders
* Interoperable curricula definitions for agricultural and rural education
* Creating and representing learning activities for agricultural 
* Representing agricultural competencies in a reusable manner
* Agricultural skills and competencies using transparency and mobility 
frameworks such as Europass
* Learning technologies standards & specifications for mobile learning 


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as extended
abstracts (2-4 pages). All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by
at least three members of the program committee for originality,
significance, clarity and quality.

Authors should follow the formatting instructions at:

All submissions should be written in English. Electronic version
(MS Word or PDF) of the manuscripts should be sent to both
nikosm[at]ieee[dot]org and gauri[dot]salokhe[at]fao[dot]org.


Accepted papers will be invited for oral/poster presentation at the
workshop and will be included in the Proceedings published by the
HAICTA association. Also, they will appear in the digital library CEUR.
CEUR-WS.org is a recognised ISSN publication series, with ISSN 1613-0073.

Selected papers from HAICTA proceedings will be further considered for
publication in two special issues of the following Elsevier journals:
- Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
- Environmental Modelling and Software


   Submissions: ****April 25, 2008****
   Notification: May 12, 2008
   Camera-ready: June 9, 2008
   Workshop date: September 19, 2008


* Alexander Sideridis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
* Ambjorn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Christian Stracke, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Demetrios Sampson, CERTH/ITI & University of Piraeus, Greece
* Diane Hillmann, Cornell University Library, U.S.A.
* Jan Beniest, World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya
* Jan Pawlowski, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
* Johannes Keizer, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy
* Matthias Palmer, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
* Salvador Sanchez, University of Alcala, Spain
* Sarah Currier, Intrallect Ltd., Scotland, UK
* Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece
* Thomas Zschocke, United Nations University, Germany
* Venkataraman Balaji, International Crops Research Institute for the 
Semi-Arid Tropics, India
* Zeynel Cebeci, Cukurova University, Turkey


* Nikos Manouselis, Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of 
Athens (Greece)
* Gauri Salokhe, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 
* Cleo Sgouropoulou, Greek Standardization Organization & Technological 
Education Institution of Athens (Greece)
* Constantina Costopoulou, Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University 
of Athens (Greece)


The 4th International Conference on Information and Communication
Technologies in Bio and Earth Sciences (HAICTA 2008) will be held
during September 18-20, 2008, in the premises of the Agricultural
University of Athens, Greece. HAICTA 2008 aims to bring together
professional, experts and researchers working on ICT systems and
applications in Bio and Earth Sciences.
See http://infolab.aua.gr/haicta/conf/ for details.


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