ICT based innovative solutions in building agroforestry training and learning support system

Miklós Herdon, Charles Burriel, János Tamás, László Várallyai, János Pancsira


The aim of the AgroFE project (www.agrofe.eu) is to develop vocational training in the field of agroforestry in 6 countries: United Kingdom, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and France. Several levels of training are targeted by the project, levels N3-N4 relate to farmers and future farmers, levels N5 + / N6 affect (future) advisors, trainers, teachers, technicians who are working in the domain. In the context of ICT related to the AgroFE project there are four components, the collaborative tools (OTC-CWS), the Knowledge Data Bank (KDB-BDC), the tools for training and a portal that integrates the tools. The knowledge data bank is a component of the project training system. It aims to gather and share a set of documents, resources that partners can use and which will have been accessed by learners and the public users. The project focuses to the newest innovative ICT solutions and trends. The knowledge data bank is to enable the sharing, access and consultation in the use of certain resources for training. These resources are under different forms: Mono document object (like a photo, a text, a diagram) and Composite materials (for example a html web page with images, a pdf file with pictures and diagrams, a video clip with images and sounds ...). The prototype of the AgroFE project is based on a software, RUBEDO, developed in PHP and RUBEDO is built on different components: a data base management software (DBMS-SGBD), type 'NoSQL', MongoDB, and the user interface uses the ElasticSearch search engine. The paper describes the prototype system and the used ICT tools in the project, such as LMS and the collaborative working environment.

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DOI: 10.17700/jai.2015.6.4.206

Journal of Agricultural Informatics