FAQS

Can I still submit the old arrip forms?

We prefer you to submit research project information online:

– you will find it easy to fill in the form online

– copy and paste from your own documents

– there is online help to guide you, and

– your research project information will be added to AANRO more quickly

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How are AANRO and RMIT’s Informit search service different?

Both services are based upon the AANRO research and publications databases, but offer different functionality and cater to different audiences.

The AANRO website is the definitive product where the AANRO knowledge base is continuously updated online with new research and publications as well as information from key websites. AANRO is designed for stakeholders and casual users.

The ANR compendium available through Informit Search is a commercial product designed for librarians and information services and is updated bi-monthly with research and publications data from AANRO.

In summary the two products are designed for a different audience, they offer different functionality and are updated on a different schedule. The AANRO gateway and a range of custom-built products and query interfaces are exclusive to the AANRO website. Whereas, Informit Search offers the convenience of a smorgasbord of databases through one supplier and the convenience of only having to learn one search interface to access all of them.

 

What are agro-ecological regions?

Australia is divided into regions used to index information on AANRO into broad categories like the tropical, temperate and arid regions etc.

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What is the AANRO gateway for?

AANRO aims to be a national decision support system and single access point for knowledge on Australian agriculture and natural resource management (ANR).

The AANRO central knowledge base is a growing and permanent historical record of Australian information on ANR. This central store contains descriptions of major research, abstracts and executive summaries of published and refereed documents. Even so, there is a wealth of information of a more transient nature being published on governmentl websites across Australia. This information is not indexed on AANRO.

The role of the AANRO Gateway is to allow users to search other websites without leaving the comfort of the AANRO search interface. The gateway extends and unlocks the power of AANRO as a key national information retrieval system by providing access to electronic full text of fact sheets and other publications as well as research programs and projects .

The information in the gateway is automatically updated and maintained by spider technology similar to that used by Internet search engines. Our information gatherer (or spider) regularly reaches out to trusted ANR web sites and collects information including site content and publications. The AANRO Gateway is in a sense a mini ‘google’ with an ANR focus where websites are spidered for new content every week.

Click on the “show me” link to see the list of websites currently being spidered by the AANRO Gateway.

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What thesaurus does AANRO use for indexing?

AANRO used the CAB Thesaurus published by CAB International. This thesaurus is also used to index bibliographic records for CAB Abstracts and Agricola databases. It is the world’s largest English language thesaurus for agriculture.

We have adapted the thesaurus to suit Australian terminology. For example, we have abandoned the CAB term – Watersheds in favour of the index terms Catchments, Catchment Management etc.

Click on the link below to see a typical bibliographic record on AANRO. The index terms are listed down the right hand side of the page and show the extent and quality of the indexing.

HINT: use the search again option to explore other areas of the AANRO knowledgebase.

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Where are Streamline, ARRIP and ABOA?

These databases no longer exist as separate entities. ARRIP, ABOA and Streamline have been combined into one database called the AANRO knowledge base without any information loss.

An AANRO search automatically searches across the entire knowledge base including the ABOA, Streamline and ARRIP.

Contributors to ARRIP, ABOA and Streamline can continue to send information to Infoscan. Over coming months we will introduce new and better ways to add information to AANRO.

Contact: Pam Handyside pamela@infoscan.com.au

 

Who funds AANRO?

AANRO is jointly funded by the members of the Primary Industries and Natural Resource Management Standing Committees together with the Rural Research and Development Corporations.

AANRO is owned by about 40 government organisations working together in a unique cooperative arrangement to make AANRO the national decision support system and single access point for knowledge on Australian research and extension information on agriculture and natural resource management.