Revamping the GFAR Website: The contribution of Agro-Know

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GFAR logoIt was November of the previous year when Agro-Know responded to GFAR’s call on revamping the global forum’s website. Since then, a new collaboration started after Agro-Know was awarded a contract with GFAR for this purpose so our company deployed its consultation services in order for GFAR to rebuild the architecture of its main communicational tool. In this direction, we have been working on the reshaping of the information gateway by suggesting readjustments to the repositories, which will enhance the exploitation – exploration of the data by the users and therefore elevate their use at its full potential.

In order to achieve the above and decide what needs to be changed, as a first step we analyzed the existing website by highlighting its strong and weak points.… Click to read the full post

Open Licensing and the Business World: A Creative Commons Initiative

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Many heated debates have been made over the years regarding the co-existence of open licensing and business development. As we speak there is a broad spectrum of businesses, organizations, governments and individuals who use Creative Commons’ license.  Although there is a tendency for more and more people to join, still many are wondering how it is possible for one to “openly license his work and give it away for free”, and at the same time make a living. In order to address this issue, Creative Commons, with the support and funding of the Hewlett Foundation, is launching an “open business models initiative” with the sole purpose of showcasing and indicating how their licenses are used.… Click to read the full post

Insights on the Agro-Know blog

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It has only been two months since I started my internship here at Agro-Know and I have already realized how important, as a communicational tool, the company’s blog is. One of the jobs that I am in charge of is to evaluate the progress that Agro-Know’s blog is making in terms of the outreach and dynamic that it has within the community. After some consideration, we decided to externalize a part of this process and let our audience to get a sneak peek at some of the results of our evaluation. Hence, the following infographic illustrates a comparison between specific metrics of the first and second half of 2014, offering this way a good overview of our blog’s progress.… Click to read the full post

Reflections on the Greek Open Data Day 2015


Last Saturday Agro-Know joined forces with ODI Athens on a quest to answer the question “Open Data. Why?”. It was a coalition formed as part of the Open Data Day event, hosted at the beautiful building of innovathens. Agro-Know was in charge of organizing and facilitating a participatory lab on open agri-food data, titled “Open Data in the agri-food sector”. The lab was divided into two parts, namely the first one which included speeches on the role of data on agriculture and food by prominent figures of the academic, public and private sector, and the second part during which an interactive round table for the optimal utilization of open data in the agri-food sector was organized.… Click to read the full post

Greek Open Data Day 2015 (and a hint on the open agri-food data session)

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“Open Data. Why?”. This is the issue that the Open Data Day (ODD) event will ELL-LAK logoaddress on the 28th of February 2015 at the Innovathens space in the center of Athens. The event is organized by OpenData Institute (ODI) Athens of the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) (ΕΛΛ/ΛΑΚ in Greek), as part of the celebrations for the world open data day. Hosted at the beautiful Technopolis of Athens, ODD 2015 is actively supported by a team of esteemed co-organizers, namely NCSR Demokritos, National Documentation Center, Agro-Know, SciFY ΑΜΚΕ, Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Ministry of Internal Affairs, and it is sponsored by the FREME project (which recently held its kick-off meeting in Berlin, Germany).… Click to read the full post

Know Agro-Know: Meet Panagis Katsivelis


This time we have the pleasure to interview Panagis Katsivelis, out usability expert and also one of the latest members of the Agro-Know team. Panagis has a unique role in the team; the one of the usability expert (among others), a role that I personally consider really important for shaping the Agro-Know products and solutions. Let’s see what Panagis has to share with us in the short interview provided right below!


1. You are one of the latest (if not the latest!) persons to join the AK team. Would you like to share some info on how you found us and what drew your attention in the AK job opening?Click to read the full post

Agro-Know joins FREME’s kick-off meeting


The kickoff meeting of the FREME “Open Framework of E-Services for Multilingual and Semantic Enrichment of Digital Content” project,  will take place at Berlin, Germany, between 5-6 of February 2015. FREME is a project co-funded by the EC under the H2020 Framework Programme for Research & Innovation and its activities are steered towards the creation of an open innovative commercial-grade framework of the e services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The choice of the project’s acronym is not out of chance since “freme” means “advantage, gain, benefit” in Old English. Therefore, FREME will endow digital content managers with the advantages and benefits which brings to the market.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know in GODAN 2015 Workshop & Future Food Hack


GODANGODAN (The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) is an initiative which, as its name states pretty clearly, fosters global actions that create and share agricultural and nutritional open data. From its birth at the Open Government Partnership Summit, on October 2013, GODAN has undertaken the quest of formulating a “high- level” policy on open data. Being a mediator between current agriculture and open data activities, it has become a rally point for stake holders to gather and puzzle out long standing global problems. The realization that the absence of international policies and openness of data diminishes the effectiveness of research and innovation, prompted GODAN to generate a shared agenda with the intention to “increase the supply, quality and interoperability of data”.… Click to read the full post

agINFRA 5th project meeting


agINFRA_logo_newThe agINFRA 5th project meeting took place during the 15th and 16th of January 2014. The meeting was hosted at the Computer and Automation Research InstituteHungarian Academy of Sciences (SZTAKI) premises in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary and the AK team was represented by Nikos Manolis. It seems that the project loves Budapest, as a lot of agINFRA related events take place there; of course it is convenient thanks to its location and easily accessible from most European capitals, SZTAKI has proven to be an excellent host and of course the city itself is lovely!

With agINFRA project having not only European but also international partners, the meeting was a great opportunity for the project’s partners to come together and discuss for the project plan over the next year.… Click to read the full post