Welcome to the meta-database of AfricaNUANCES

 

This meta-database was developed as part of the AfricaNUANCES Project in 2007. The purpose of the database is to facilitate data exchange between researchers and to increase the utilisation of past research on African farming systems.

 

To access the meta-database, you can  login with a guest account (Login: pps, Password: pps).

 

If you login as a guest  the meta-database will be fully functional.

 

If you also would like to add data to the meta-database, please use the main menu to register.

 

 

The database structure

How to search in the database

Downloading data

Submission of data by researchers

 

 

 

The database structure

Research data in the database is stored as "ZIP"-files which may contain one or multiple files of any format. These files can contain raw data, data analysis, text files containing research details, or publications that were written based on the data. ZIP-files can be either free for downloading or restricted in access. In the database, the research is categorised by themes and methodologies to provide a basic categorisation of the research. Additional information is provided using keywords and notes.

 

How to search in the database

There are several ways to search the database depending on the search question. In the main menu, only the research folders that are stored under the specific theme and methodology you selected are shown, and the search will also take place within this selection.

To allow for a general search, all files have been labelled using a keyword list, with keywords that can be ticked for your choice of topic. When more specific information has to be located, a specific word search can be generated. For example, when you are interested in experiments with legumes, then you can generate a search using the keyword list in the theme Crop. If you are looking for figures for maize production in Kenya, then it is more efficient to generate a word specific search in the theme Crop.

 

Downloading data

The database is accessible for everyone, but not all of the data files in the research folders are instantly accessible. Researchers have included one or two "ZIP"-files that relate to a specific piece of research. A ZIP-file can either be downloaded for free by any person or access needs to be granted by the author of the research. To obtain access to the restricted access data, simple click on “Request data”. You will be prompted with a request form for the specific ZIP-file and on which you fill in your particulars and contact details. By submitting the form, the author of the data will receive an email with your details and the request for the specific ZIP-file, after which the author decides whether or not to grant access to the data. The ZIP-file will then be send to the email address you provided in the request form. For additional correspondence with the author, you can find the authors email address in the meta-database.

 

Submission of data by researchers

By adding your data to the database, more people can become aware of your work. Additionally, it could result in others using your data. Arrangements made between you and potential users could lead to further co-operation varying from an acknowledgement and citation, to co-authorship of papers.

Before you can submit any data to the meta-database as a researcher, you need to register. For a data submission form, please click on the “upload” button (only visible to registered researchers) in the main menu. On the submission form (see example) you will be asked to fill in your particulars, an email address for further communication and particulars of the research and dataset. It is the author’s responsibility that contact details are up to date. Changes of address can be directly communicated with the meta-database administrator.

 Two ZIP-files can be uploaded for the meta-database, one ZIP-file containing files that are free for everyone to download and one ZIP-file containing files of restricted access. To ensure people can access all files included in these ZIP-files, we advise you to store them in a commonly used format (PDF, XLS, etc.). If this is not possible, please indicate in the notes which program should be used to access your data. Be careful with adding publications in relation to authorisation rights! It might be better to only include the references of the publications.

If a visitor of the database would like to access to your restricted access ZIP-file, you will receive an email with the particulars of the applicant and which data (s)he is interested in. To grant or withhold permission for access, simply reply to the email of the meta-database administrator and he will arrange matters. Should you have any questions regarding the request, the email address of the visitor will be included in the request-email. This procedure allows authors to keep track of who is interested in their work and who has access to their data.