What you need to know about the GODAN Summit 2016

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This year, the largest-ever event for open data in agriculture and nutrition, GODAN Summit will bring together the world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others in New York. The two-day event (15-16 September, 2016) will include various lighting presentations and exhibits that illustrate the opening, sharing, use and importance of the agri-food information.

Encouraging the openness of data in agriculture and nutrition to end world hunger” is the key message to be addressed at the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit.

During the event, a number of interesting speeches will be made from high-level profile world leaders and innovators who will share their thoughts on how open data can zero the world hunger and the malnutrition in every corner of the globe.… Click to read the full post

A Common Data Ecosystem for Agriculture and Food? #GODANsummit2016

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We believe that for a data revolution to happen, agriculture and food need a fabric of interoperable and interplaying infrastructure layers. Having such an infrastructure in place, will make data sharing and exchange as natural to us, as it is to use the road or rail infrastructure to move from one country to another. This may become possible by the creation of a common data ecosystem, where diverse stakeholders (from smallholders to multinational conglomerates) will both build and use the infrastructures that will propel the industry forward.

Some months ago, Syngenta (with GODAN’s assistance) commissioned Dean Allemang to write a discussion paper that would try to catalyse consensus around what form a global data ecosystem might take, how it could bring value to key players, what cultural changes might be needed to make it a reality, and finally what technology might be needed to support it.… Click to read the full post

Press Release: “Big Data Europe” addresses societal challenges with data technologies

Source: http://www.open-evidence.com/farmers-meet-big-data-how-data-driven-technologies-can-serve-a-traditional-sector-like-agriculture-27th-april-at-1500-cest/

European project makes big data technologies easy to use.

Big Data Europe project logoAcross society, from health to agriculture and transport, from energy to climate change and security, practitioners in every discipline recognize the potential of the enormous amounts of data being created every day. The challenge is to capture, manage and process that information to derive meaningful results and make a difference to people’s lives. The Big Data Europe project has just released the first public version of its open source platform designed to do just that. In 7 pilot studies, it is helping to solve societal challenges by putting cutting edge technology in the hands of experts in fields other than IT.Click to read the full post

CAPS projects: An Interview with Panayotis Antoniadis

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As mentioned in an earlier post, the European Commission has launched the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovations (CAPS), platforms that aim to combine data of interest to specific communities, such as social media, distributed knowledge as well as data from real environments (Internet of Things) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. To this context, many CAPS projects are activated in various thematic areas, like CAPSELLA where Agroknow is a part of the project consortium. In this post, we are going to learn more about two other CAPS projects (MAZI, NetCommons) through our interview with Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the nonprofit organization nethood.org.… Click to read the full post

Participating in the 1st AgroHackathon in Montpellier

All of the participants of the 1st AgroHackathon

Two months ago the 1st AgroHackathon caught the eye of the Agroknow team, and of course the initial reaction was: “Agroknow should definitely be a part of such an event organized for the first time, worldwide!”.

Of course we could not go there empty-handed, so we sat down and discussed a lot about possible hack propositions. Being a part of the OpenMintEd project we decided to combine its needs with these of the agricultural community and came up with a proposal that would cover text and data extraction from pdf publications on viticulture research and annotation of the extracted information against known endpoints (more info can be found here, and here).… Click to read the full post

Application for OpenCon 2016 now open

Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 on November 12-14 in Washington, DC are now open! The application is available at http://www.opencon2016.org/apply. Applicants can request a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to most of those accepted. OpenCon seeks to bring together students and early career academic professionals from around the world who want to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. A program of keynotes, panels, workshops, hackathons, and meetings with policy makers will build participant’s skills in key areas, but the benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington event.… Click to read the full post

Vitis Big Data Demonstrator @ Open Harvest 2016

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May was all about Agroknow’s Open Harvest! The logic behind this meeting has been explained in detail here and one of the major outcomes is the -already famous- Chania Declaration.

As promised and planned, on Thursday 19th of May, second day of the meeting and after the end of all discussions and presentations, it was time to offer all participants a first sneak preview of the use case pilot demonstrator that we have been developing in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project.

Vitis demo @ open harvest

In order to help participants visualize what this demonstrator will be all about and what problems could help solve, we had organized a hands-on-visit to a nearby traditional vineyard and winery.… Click to read the full post

Crete, London, Sofia: from data-powered ideas to a data ecosystem revolution

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From Crete, to London, to Sofia. I feel that during the past 30 days, some tectonic movements took place in our area of work. Our Open Harvest came first, assembling and connecting 30 handpicked experts from around the world. Offering them an oportunity and an environment to talk about enhancing collaboration, identifying elements of a common agenda, and sending a message to the rest of the world that the people that work on topics related to agriculture and food data management and sharing want to collaborate more. The experience was fulfilling, the outcome has been amazing: the Chania Declaration calls for stronger connections, more sharing, better alignment of the public and private sector.
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Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research – A very different Approach to Publishing Agricultural Research

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OKAD_F1000_ResearchOn 28th of June 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to learn more about open publishing of agricultural knowledge and  research.

This webinar will cover how the novel approaches taken by the publication venue Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) and the publishing platform it is hosted on, F1000Research, are addressing these issues. OKAD publishes academic articles, posters and slide presentations involving open knowledge projects within all areas of agriculture, nutrition and agro-biodiversity.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research.

For more information regarding how to join and the required system specifications, please visit http://aims.fao.org/node/119009.… Click to read the full post

Building the new web site of GODAN

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As part of our #wesupport activities, Agroknow team worked on a very exciting project during the last three months: the development of the new web site http://www.godan.info/ for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). The new web site goes beyond a mere communication site. It constitutes an information gateway for this very important initiative and at the same time it is a tool that facilitates the collection and management of the information about GODAN partners.
The new web site targets organisations and individuals that are interested in news, resources, datasets and events that are relevant to Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. … Click to read the full post