Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

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The role of local communities in the development and maintenance of traditional, local knowledge is priceless. Different practices, assets and approaches are available at a local/regional level and exhibit both differences and similarities with the ones available in local communities in other locations. This is a highly important aspect in the agrifood sector where various related use cases exist, such as in the case of the preservation of local plant (and animal) varieties and breeds, agricultural practices adapted to local micro-environments, food production processes adapted to the specific needs of rural population in specific contexts etc.

Such knowledge reflects on the lifestyle, food production and consumption patterns and its accumulation is based on participatory democratic processes, passing from one generation to the other, openly shared among the community members.… Click to read the full post

Working with legal interoperability in the fishery and marine sciences

(ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS) Schooling jacks (Carangidae sp.) near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The Solomon Islands nation is ranked among the top 10 most biologicallly diverse and imperiled nations in the world. The Conservancy's conservation work in Melanesia, part of the Global Islands Parntership, has provided models for conservation that are being leveraged roadly and deeply throughout the Pacific region.  The Global Island Partnership between organizations and governments engages in high-level commitments and action for island conservation and sustainable use. Photo credit: © Daniel & Robbie Wisdom

One of the most interesting things that we have been working on during the last weeks is related to an analysis of data sources and stakeholders in the fishery and marine sciences in terms of legal interoperability – a work taking place in the context of a collaboration with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO). What we are actually contributing to a detailed deliverable for the EGI-Engage project is an analysis of key data stakeholders in the marine and fishery context, along with the major data sources and licensing schemes available (the latter being the most important part of our contribution to the deliverable).… Click to read the full post

How can we use data for improving food production?

Source: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/fao-oecd-food-security-key-to-g-20-growth-goals

Food security is one of the hottest topics nowadays; with a constantly growing population that is expected to reach (and even exceed) 9 billion by 2020, and the traditional food production systems reaching their limits, new, innovative ways need to be followed in order to ensure that there will be enough food for everyone in the upcoming years. What is strange is that at the same time, huge amounts of food are going to waste on a daily basis; in EU alone, more than 100 million tones of food are going to waste annually.

Intensive and industrial agriculture exhibit higher yields of cultivated crops but the price is high: The (increasingly high) use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers, among other chemicals, has its toll on the ecosystems, flora and fauna at a small and larger scale.… Click to read the full post

Know Agroknow: Meet Anthony Patricarakos

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Anthony Patricarakos is a new addition to the Agroknow team; a student of the Agricultural University of Athens who selected Agroknow as the company for his internship, bringing a fresh view to our work. Anthony has been with us for quite a long time now and has already helped us a lot with various tasks – how does he see things inside (and outside of) Agroknow? Lets see what he has responded to our questions!

You are one of the latest interns to join the Agroknow team. Would you like to share some info on how you found us and what drew your attention in the Agroknow job opening ?Click to read the full post

Building the new European e-infrastructure: Your opinion matters!

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We have been following the updates and ongoing joint work (and plans for the future) of the major European networks in developing the European Open Science Cloud; it is a really ambitious effort that aims at providing all the necessary cloud, grid and other types of services to researchers in any discipline and research field so that they become more easily accessible and useful to their expected end users – the researchers. This process exhibits a high level of complexity, as it involves different types of stakeholders while it also needs to take into consideration the differences in the requirements of research communities activated in different contexts/domains.… Click to read the full post

From small to big agrifood data: A 100-year timeline

Source: http://bigdatatimeline.wageningenur.nl/en/

The Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) is a Dutch public university in Wageningen, Netherlands, which consists of the Wageningen University and the former agricultural research institutes (Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek – DLO). WUR is one of the top institutes at a global level in the field of agri-food and environmental research.

As expected, such a large and active group of research institutes produces huge amounts of data – and WUR has developed the expertise throughout the years to make good use of big data in the agri-food research context. It has been almost one century (98 years, to be more precise) since WUR started collecting research data of various types, using various means and managing all this information and data so that it can be easily reused.… Click to read the full post

Facilitating access to educational and learning resources: Experiences so far

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As you may already know this week (March 7-11) is the Open Education Week 2016 – an initiative that aims to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. The event takes place at a global level and is coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.

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This was an excellent opportunity for us to write something relevant to this concept, as a small contribution to this global set of events – and it seems that the best I could think of at this point is our (as Agroknow) contributions in facilitating access to educational resources, mostly in green topics.… Click to read the full post

EURAGRI: The EURopean AGricultural Research Initiative

Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/02/monsantos_big_data_taxpayer_ripoff/

euragri_logoThe European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI) is a European platform for the political and executive organizations in the fields of Food and Agricultural Policy and Research. By providing a forum for informal exchange on opinions and views on developments in science, society and industry, thus facilitating the design, implementation and planning of agri-food research, EURAGRI plays a key role in agricultural research at an EU level. From an organizational point of view, EURAGRI consists of representatives of Ministries of Agriculture and Research in various EU countries, a fact that allows EURAGRI to be in the position to advocate and work at a high level, involving EU countries as members and have an impact on the directions of agri-food research at national and EU level.… Click to read the full post

Webinar: A Big Data platform for the future

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BigDataEurope is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, aiming to facilitate European companies in building innovative multilingual products, applications and services based on semantically interoperable, large-scale, multi-lingual data assets and knowledge, available under a variety of licenses and business models. The project aims to provide a generic approach meeting a wide variety of needs, and in this context it encompasses all seven (7) societal challenges defined by the European Commission. Agroknow is a consortium member of the BigDataEurope project, representing the agri-food community in the Societal Challenge 2.

The BigDataEurope project is organizing a webinar titled “A Big Data platform for the future: Technical insights into the BDE Project“.… Click to read the full post