Contribute to AANRO


Index publications online- introduction

Infoscan indexers use an online facility for indexing publications onto the AANRO database.

Each indexer has their own user id/password and work space where they can continue to work on a batch of new records until they are ready to be sent on to the AANRO publications editor for inclusion in the main AANRO knowledge base.

The online edit form is linked to authority files/data dictionaries for document type, author, sponsor, keyword and locality fields and includes a capability for indexers to update authority files online.

During the next phase of the AANRO web development we will look at options for extending this facility for AANRO owners to index publications online.

AANRO owners, please contact Infoscan to register interest in online indexing publications onto AANRO.

Contact: Infoscan Pty Ltd




Individual research project descriptions can be submitted to AANRO by filling in a form online. Copy and paste information from word processing documents to save lengthy retyping. Do not use formatting, particularly bulleted lists and tables.

Research information submitted to AANRO online is validated before being added to the AANRO knowledge base and accessible online.

Contributing research organisation may submit a batch of projects as a file for processing onto AANRO. Please contact us to double check arrangements before submitting a batch for the first time.

Whether you are submitting an individual project or a batch, please provide as complete a description of each project as possible, but ensure that you do not supply information, which is confidential in nature and not for public access.

As a general rule, always provide more rather than less information including financial sponsors of the research and the project codes used by the major sponsors. This assists us to integrate your research project information into the AANRO knowledge base and to provide a single point of access to past and present research on particular subjects and produced by particular people and organisations as well as to group research by industry for ease of access.

The AANRO editor reserves the right to change/delete information as required.

Contact: Sharn Ogden



Reasons to participate in AANRO

It is important to contribute your information to AANRO even if you already publish all or part of it on your own website for a number of reasons. As a national ongoing information service AANRO:

– provides an enduring record of research both past and present and as such

– is a focal point and single point of access for rural research in Australia

– is specifically designed to encourage contact and networking between researchers and research users across the rural research spectrum

– guides researchers and funding agencies to knowledge gaps and research priorities by showing the big picture

– encourages researchers to build on past research by providing the historical perspective, and

– provides a permanent storage for details of your organisation’s publications, research and innovation

AANRO can also provide tailored access to your research to suit your needs.

We need your information to complete the picture, so please join us in this exciting development.

Researchers can submit descriptions of their by projects online and research organisations can submit batches of research information for processing on to AANRO.

Contact: Infoscan Pty Ltd

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Submit a new research project online- step-by-step guide

Each field in the form presents as a one line display on your browser and will open up to display its contents when you click on it.

– Title of the project: title of the approved project

– Start date: commencement date of the project in the format YearMonth eg 200206

– Finish date: estimated date for the project’s completion in the format YearMonth eg 200407

– Objective(s): brief statement of the project aims, objectives or goals (approx 200 words)

– Background: a brief description of the reason for the research

– Methodology: a brief description of work including the methods employed in the project (approx 200 words)

– Progress: a brief progress or termination report if the research project is already underway (approx 200 words)

– Implication(s): the relevance and expected outcomes to industry (approx 200 words)

– Keywords: additional keywords to describe the projects eg synonyms, abbreviations, alternate spellings that might be useful for retrieval. Click on the keywords link to view and select from the AANRO subject keywords dictionary

– Locality: please specify the locality if the research is about a place. Click on the locality link to view and select from the AANRO locality index to place names, catchments and agro-ecological regions

– Participants: provision for up to 4 researchers are provided on the form. Each researcher’s details to be completed in a separate window and added as a separate record to the AANRO knowledge base before submitting the project description

– Additional researchers: if necessary

– Collaborators: collaboration with organisations or persons other than those listed as a researcher

– Sponsors: All the organisations that are providing financial support for the project, including in-kind assistance

– Program: research program area of the major sponsor if known

– Subprogram: research subprogram of the major sponsor if known

– Sponsor’s project/pms code: identification number for the project as provided by the major funding organisation

– Your name: the person completing the form and not for publication

– Your email: to contact you if we need to and not for publication

– Comments: not for publication



Submit a research file for processing

Contributing organisations can send a batch of research projects in an XML format, as a comma delimited text file or DB/Textworks dump file for processing onto AANRO.

Detailed descriptions and a template for each of the file formats are provided on the web pages listed below.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Contact: Sharn Ogden

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