Valeria Pesce from the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) presented the "Web Ring" project. The Global ARD Web Ring is now defined as a "voluntary coalition of web spaces that share information related to agricultural research and innovation for development." This "coalition of the willing" will provide related information sources more accessible through each other and serves as a framework within which the partners in agricultural information area agree to common standards and protocols. It is not "yet another" database but rather a conceptual framwork that creates a more sematic space between applications (data stores) that store and share ag-information.
Her presentation is available at: http://www.slideshare.net/valeriap/the-global-ard-web-ring-presentation/
Read the full paper at: http://www.egfar.org/egfar/website/new/newsletters/newsletterarticle?contentId=2061&newsletterId=2000