A lot of valuable data and information is generated by the constitutes of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in India and of course in all other countries related to agriculture and allied fields which would guide us in taking the right decisions at the right time for addressing and solving the problems related to agriculture. However, this data and information though ‘available’ is not in an ‘accessible’ and ‘interoperable’ format and is not in ‘interoperable’ formats!
Most of the times, the researchers in NARS do not know what is happening to the data and information after publication and at times, much of the data and information would never get published! Coming to the information on websites for farmers, if accessible, is still in the form of electronically delivered pamphlets!
In a case study about the availability and accessibility of publications from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) shows that public availability of IARI publications is very meager. Only 9% articles published during 2008-10 were in open access journals and 14% of the total published articles are found on Eprints@IARI, an institutional repository of the IARI. Thus, only up to 23% of the IARI’s published literature is available and accessible to the public.