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

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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

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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.

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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

CHANIA DECLARATION

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Open Harvest

CHANIA DECLARATION

 

We the signatories of this declaration have come together at the “Open Harvest” event, to collaborate in developing a vision for e-infrastructures for agricultural research, extension and development.

We seek to catalyze creation of a powerful ecosystem of linked data repositories, data management services and virtual collaboration environments to increase the pace of knowledge production for agricultural innovation.

We agree to strengthen our collaboration through building a common roadmap for the infrastructure elements our sector so desperately needs.   As we define infrastructure we consider every element that is needed to achieve our goals: physical structures; software; standards; and procedures.… Click to read the full post

Harvesting open ideas from great minds: Open Harvest 2016

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The time has come again to open our home to the world. To invite good colleagues and friends, but to also welcome new people that we are meeting for the first time. To organise and host a special event, a unique gathering, a meeting of some select great minds, in order to discuss openness and information. Our Open Harvest series of events is kicking off this May in Chania, Crete. It aims to become a very special meeting and collaboration opportunity for people that work on various aspects of open sharing and discovery of information related to agriculture, food and the environment.… Click to read the full post

“V” for Visualizing Vineyards and Varieties data

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In an earlier post, we explained how Variety, one of the four Vs of Big Data, applies in a specific domain as is the one of Viticulture and how all this connects with Agroknow’s work (a.k.a. our use case pilot) in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project.

Viticulture is one of those domains of Agriculture, and obviously not the only one, where data are present throughout the entire process, from the vineyard where various activities take place to the laboratory where analyses are being done. Different vineyards to set the experiment, different grapevine varieties or even different samples of the same variety but from different locations to study, different equipment to use, different methods and protocols to follow, all these contain more than one type of data and all these constitute variables that can differentiate the research outcomes.… Click to read the full post