GARDIAN and facilitating data interoperability at CGIAR
The CGIAR online search engine, GARDIAN, is easy to navigate and to perform simple queries to locate data and publications; however, there is a challenge to making these data useable on a large scale.
There is a major gap between the potential value of data collected in agricultural experiments and the value currently obtained through the use of those data. Typically, data collected in experiments are used for the original research purpose only, but a much greater value might be obtained if the data could be combined across locations, time, and management conditions.
Combinations of large datasets could enable scientific advances in such areas as genetic modeling, management optimization, and variety selection, and may potentially reduce the need for collection of additional field experimental data. The CGIAR research centers generate large amounts of data, which could gain value through the application of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, particularly for data which are suitable for quantitative analyses.