From global challenges to local ones: linking communities around the world


How do you connect young students from the developed world with people living in a small village in Kenya? How can you fight to preserve local Italian seed varieties that are becoming extinct, even if you are at the other side of the planet? How can you link a grand challenge (like feeding the increasing population of the planet) to a very local one (like helping a rural area to become more attractive to young families)? In the context of the CAPSELLA project, we are trying to make these exact connections and put the collective brain power of people interested in solving the pressing problems that matter.… Click to read the full post

What is Sarantaporo?


As mentioned in an earlier post, Agroknow participates in the Horizon 2020 EU-funded CAPS project, namely CAPSELLA. CAPSELLA project aims at developing novel ICT solutions tailored to the needs and requirements of farmers’ local communities and networks and other actors engaged in agrobiodiversity To do so, CAPSELLA use a strong bottom-up participatory approach, elicited through physical meetings with local communities and a dedicated online platform. In CAPSELLA, farmers’ local communities and networks interact with agroecology, agri-food and ICT experts to test, validate and select the innovative applications and tools best suited to their needs. 

In this post, we are going to learn about, a very active and promising community in Northern Greece that promote sustainable development in the remote, isolated, mountainous region of Elassona municipality and it participates also at NetCommons, another CAPS EU funded project under Horizon 2020.… Click to read the full post

Here is your call – Come and join forces!


Second call for expressions of interest: national or regional information and data partnerships on land

The Land Portal Foundation is looking for national or regional partners to build an information and data ecosystem on land governance. The Land Portal Foundation is particularly interested in working with well-established information providers or land-related organizations who want to further develop their information services. The aim of each partnership is to create a sustainable connection between the collection and use of content at specific locations and the aggregation of content from all levels and promoting its use globally. The purpose of the partnership will be to increase the availability and accessibility of land-related content from the global south by developing shared approaches and standards for data sharing and exchange.… Click to read the full post

European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food


How do European officials working on agriculture and food topics deal with the emerging data revolution in the sector? How can they be aware of the recent developments in a way that may inform their thinking? And how can they respond to the community needs by appropriately shaping the policy programs and support instruments?

This was the topic of a meeting that took place in Brussels on September 30th, 2016. The meeting was organised by the Big Data Europe project, in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Agroknow, being the Big Data Europe partners responsible for the food and agriculture sector, worked together with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in order to invite to the meeting representatives from the European Commission (EC) DGs and a select group of community stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Agroknow visits Canada to talk about big data in farms


One of the fun things we did during our visit to Ontario this September was our meeting with Canada’s first NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges: Dr. Mike Duncan. With a specialization in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies, the five-year mission of Mike as a NSERC Chair was to develop data-powered solutions for provincial and national farming communities.

Mike, Gregor MacLean and the Agriculture & Environment Innovation Center team at the Niagara College are focused on developing new ways to gather, process and disseminate the massive amounts of data gathered each day from Ontario farms, including the use of an experimental unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and field sensors.

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Αναζητούμε Data Engineer


Έχεις πτυχίο Πληροφορικής ή Επιστήμης Υπολογιστών ή Μηχανικού Υπολογιστών και δουλεύεις τουλάχιστον 2 χρόνια σε back end development; Είσαι από αυτούς που σε συναρπάζουν τα προβλήματα με πολλά δεδομένα και θέλεις να λύνονται πραγματικά καθημερινά προβλήματα με τη χρήση αυτών;

 Τότε σε περιμένουμε στο FOODAKAI. Στείλε μας το βιογραφικό σου στο με θέμα το FOODAKAI.

Θα δουλέψεις με τεχνολογίες όπως Java, MongoDB, elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash και Python. Ακόμα θα είσαι μαζί με μια ενθουσιώδη, αληθινή ομάδα που θα σε βοηθά κάθε μέρα να γίνεσαι καλύτερος, θα σε επιβραβεύει και θα σε μαθαίνει μέσα από την 10ετή εμπειρία της Agroknow.

Τι θα συμπεριλαμβάνει η θέση σου

  • θα χρησιμοποιήσεις τεχνικές για τη συλλογή πληροφορίας
  • θα εφαρμόσεις τις καλύτερες τεχνικές text mining για φιλτράρισμα και εμπλουτισμό της πληροφορίας
  • θα χρησιμοποιήσεις τεχνολογίες big data για την απόθήκευση και επεξεργασία της πληροφορίας
  • θα συνεργαστείς με την ομάδα front end του FOODAKAI

Μπορείς να μάθεις περισσότερα για εμάς, εδώ 

Πάνω από όλα όμως ελπίζουμε πως θα περνάς καλά, κάνοντας αυτό που σου αρέσει πάνω στη δουλειά σου, φτιάχνοντας μαζί μας το FOODAKAI.… Click to read the full post

Data Science in Agriculture Summit

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a federal agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is convening a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government wide-efforts and investments in Big Data. Save the date for an opportunity to help shape the agenda driving innovation in the agricultural enterprise. You can join the event via livestream as leaders in agriculture and data science fields converge to synthesize the future of data-driven agriculture. usda-nifa-foundational-grants

This October 10, 2016 event entitled “Data Summit: Changing the Face, Place, and Space of Agriculture” will include an address from NIFA Director Dr.… Click to read the full post

Θέλεις να δουλέψεις για το Foodakai;


Θέλεις να γίνεις μέλος του startup που φιλοδοξεί να φτιάξει το επόμενο επιτυχημένο application στον αγροδιατροφικό τομέα;

Ο COO της Agroknow Γιάννης Στοΐτσης, ο βασικός άνθρωπος πίσω από τις τεχνολογικές λύσεις της Agroknow και τo πρώτο αγροτικό start up, στήνει την ομάδα που θα δουλέψει αποκλειστικά στην ανάπτυξη μία νέας εφαρμογής για την ασφάλεια τροφίμων. Η Agroknow είναι μια εταιρεία που τα τελευταία 8 χρόνια δουλεύει με διεθνείς οργανισμούς πάνω στα open data για τον αγροτικό τομέα και την ασφάλεια τροφίμων. Μπορείς να δεις όλα αυτά που κάνουμε, εδώ 

Αν ήδη δουλεύετε τουλάχιστον 2 χρόνια και νιώθετε ότι είναι η ώρα για να κάνετε το επόμενο σημαντικό επαγγελματικό σας βήμα, αν θέλετε να δουλέψετε σε μια startup και να χρησιμοποιήσετε τεχνολογίες big data, machine learning, natural language processing και front-end, τότε στείλτε μας το βιογραφικό στο με θέμα “Foodakai”.… Click to read the full post

Can Europe lead a data revolution in agriculture and food?


Let’s take a step to the near future.

A shared global data space for agriculture and food will propel the industry forward. Information will become available to all actors producing innovation. Analytical and decision making tools can incorporate a greater abundance of data sources. A digital economy may arise with online services and applications that use machine readable, interoperable and often publicly shared data. The necessary infrastructure components, including the technology, people, policy and business ones, may seamlessly integrate and work together.

 We believe that Europe is strategically positioned to lead such a transformation of the agriculture and food industry.Click to read the full post

What you need to know about the GODAN Summit 2016


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