Using Big Data – in the food safety sector


Trying to emphasize on the importance of food safety information and data is probably meaningless; we are discussing about data that can be used for saving millions of lives each year so its management and sharing is of highest importance at a global level. And when we are talking about related information aggregated through various sources, we are talking about big data at the service of the food safety sector.

In this context, Agroknow CEO Nikos Manouselis made a trip to Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK in order to participate to an event simply titled “Using Big Data“, organised by the Cranfield University. … Click to read the full post

Text mining in agriculture: The AgroTagger keyword extractor


The use of keywords is crucial for the description, organization, indexing, retrieval and sharing of research in every scientific field and agriculture is not excluded. However, manual annotation of research outcomes is time-consuming and error-prone so automatic methods for metadata annotation are always explored. AgroTagger is one of the tools facilitating the work of information and knowledge managers (among others) in the agri-food sector, by applying text-mining on top of agri-food research outcomes.

AgroTagger is a keyword extractor that uses a subset of the AGROVOC thesaurus (about 2,5K concepts out of the total >40K concepts of AGROVOC) as a set of allowable keywords, used for indexing information resources.… Click to read the full post

Text Mining and Agriculture: The AgroNLP projects


The TETIS team (Territoires, Environnement, Télédetection et Information Spatiale or Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information in English) is a Joint Research Unit of some of the major French actors in text mining and Natural Language Processing, namely AgroParisTech, Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) and Cirad (the International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Development Research). It is located in Montpellier. The TETIS Unit has been really active in projects related to the application of text mining in use cases in the agricultural sector.

These AgroNLP projects (Natural Language Processing applied to AGRicultural dOmain) aim to address different challenges faced by stakeholders in the agri-food sector, such as:

  • Animal Disease Surveillance: The project proposes a new methodology in the domain of epidemic intelligence in animal health in order to discover knowledge in web documents dealing with animal disease outbreaks.
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Friends of Agroknow: Meet Mohammed Zuhair Al Taie

It has been quite a long time since we established a communication with Mr. Mohammed Zuhair Al Taie about the possibility of him contributing to the Agroknow blog; he would then become the first external author of the blog. Back then the blog was pretty different in terms of content and Mohammed’s post on linked and big data (being domain agnostic) helped us reach a different audience which kept growing post after post. Now his Agroknow posts have also made it into the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project blog as well as in other blogs, shared with a larger audience. So, it was about time that we learned more about the person behind these interesting blog posts!… Click to read the full post

Working on text mining – this is what we do


Our participation in the OpenMinTeD Horizon 2020 project allowed us to get to know a little bit more on text mining, the communities around it, the various types of stakeholders and the issues that they face.

Our job was everything around the user requirements’ elicitation; we were responsible for defining and applying a methodology for creating the profiles of various types of text mining stakeholders, understanding their content-related needs, identifying their issues and proposing the optimal solutions to address them – focusing on the text mining-related ones. Pretty demanding, right?

The project encompasses four (4) different communities:

  1. Scholarly Communication
  2. Agriculture / Biodiversity
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Social Sciences

Our methodology consisted of two rounds of requirements’ elicitation:

i) A general online questionnaire was prepared and project partners were asked to adapt it for their communities.… Click to read the full post

Know Agroknow: Meet Nikos Toumaras

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Coming back to those team members who usually stay outside the spotlight but still go through a learning process through their participation in the Agroknow team; they learn from us and we learn from them! Nikos Toumaras is one of the last persons who decided to do their internship in Agroknow and get some first-hand experience of the competitive market in which Agroknow is activated. Nikos is working closely with the Admin Dept. of Agroknow and gains experience by helping solve real-world issues. Let’s see what Nikos has responded to our questions.


You are one of the latest interns to join the Agroknow team.
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Here is a BigDataEurope Webinar- Ready to join?


One of the components of Agroknow’s work in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project is to identify and promote big data initiatives and existing work in the agri-food sector and at a global level and see how these could be mapped to the technical work that the project will design and deploy at a later stage. At the same time, existing efforts, work and outcomes are studied and good practices are identified, in order to be adapted and adopted in different cases. In this context, we were happy to see some month ago CGIAR, a global network of fifteen (15) agricultural research centers all over the world, show activity towards the exploitation of big data for addressing food security.… Click to read the full post

Know Agroknow: Meet Christina Tsoka


Christina Tsoka is another person who selected Agroknow for performing her internship and get some real working experience in her field. Christina has been with us for quite some time now and it was about time that she responded to our typical questions – the responses to which will allow us to get to know her better!

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 vacancy?

Well, I first heard about Agroknow from my university’s internship office.… Click to read the full post

Global Agricultural Concept Scheme: One KOS to rule them all?


Anyone working with research these days could confirm that scarcity of research outcomes is not an issue anymore; thematic repositories and aggregators provide access to a wealth of research publications and data, as well as related information such as projects working in a specific thematic area, profiles of researchers and organizations activated in a specific research context, funding opportunities, tools and services etc. However, one of the major issues identified is the difficulty in retrieving such information from various heterogeneous content sources that are scattered worldwide, isolated and incompatible with each other. This is, to a high degree, due to the lack of interoperability between the different systems hosting such information.… Click to read the full post

Open Access & MAPs in India: Meet Dr. Satyabrata Maiti


While working on the interview of our friend Dr. Sridhar Gutam, we identified (with his precious help) a person that played a key role in the development of ICAR’s first Open Access journal; an agricultural researcher with a long history and achievements throughout his career. We were curious to learn more about this person, Dr. Satyabrata Maiti, and after an initial communication we have now the honor to publish a short interview on the role of Open Access in agricultural research.

1. Can you please share some info on your education and studies?

I did my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture [B.… Click to read the full post