Using competences & skills as the link between job offers and training opportunities

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One of the key aspects of the market is to provide accurate links between the actual needs of the market and the training opportunities available in terms of skills and competences. In an ideal system, businesses will be able to describe their job offerings though a well-defined schema (including skills and competences needed for this position) and at the same time, individuals who want to apply for the specific position will be able to see if they meet the requirements defined by the business or if they need to improve their profile by taking specific courses that address the specific competences and skills of the specific position.… Click to read the full post

Know Agroknow: Meet Nikos Marianos

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This time we are going to learn more about Nikos Marianos, one of the oldest members of the Agroknow team – and not age-wise! Nikos is our Project Management Director and has already successfully managed a high number of EU-funded projects. FYI, Nikos is holding a BSc, an MSc and a PhD from the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of Aegean, Greece – on top of that he holds a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), which makes him the ideal person for the specific position.

Let’s see what Nikos has responded to our questions.… Click to read the full post

Reporting on the Workshop on EU’s Open Science Cloud: the agri-food use case

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On November 13th, 2015, a community workshop on the Open Science Cloud titled “Shaping the Open Science Cloud of the Future” took place in Bari, Italy, as a part of the EGI Community Forum 2015. Agro-Know was invited as a data-powered SME in order to contribute its experience on the data- and e-infra-related needs of the agri-food research community – other communities were represented as well, including bioinformatics, cancer research and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), among others.

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This provided us with excellent opportunity to present how three different user types could benefit from the envisaged Ope Science Cloud – based on our actual experience in all three cases:

Back to the 90’s and the available data storage solutions

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Need help with ECVET? Check out the ECVET-STEP Toolkit!

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The ECVET-STEP project has been working on the development of instruments (e.g. software tools and standards, such as RULOs) and the methodology for these tools to be used and integrated in existing workflows and practices related to Vocational Education & Training. In this context, one of the challenges to be met by the project is  for it to be able to showcase the effectiveness of RULOs for the efficient adoption of ECVET principles by organisations engaged in mobility-based VET activities across Europe.

The ECVET-STEP project is also working towards the transformation of the systems’ architecture design and the associated metadata Application Profile for RULOs into a set of software components and services that can allow and facilitate the implementation and interoperability of competence-oriented software applications for VET.… Click to read the full post

New Horizon 2020 calls for agri-food research are on

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If you are looking for funding for your agri-food research idea you should definitely look at the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls!

Horizon 2020 has already secured a budget of around €3.7 billion for the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) on “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” for 2014-2020, out of which the Horizon 2020 SC2 Work Programme for 2016-2017 offers a budget of around €877 million.

The main opportunities for agriculture and forestry can be found in three main calls, each one of which includes a number of themes and each theme includes a number of topics:

Sustainable Food Security (SFS): It includes the following themes

  • More resilient and resource efficient value chains (25 topics)
  • Environment-smart and climate smart primary production (7 topics)
  • A competitive food industry (3 topics)
  • Healthy and safe foods and diets for all (5 topics)
  • Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (3 topics)
  • Implementation of the EU-China FAB flagship initiative (5 topics)

Blue Growth (BG): It includes the following themes

  • Boosting innovation for emerging Blue Growth activities (5 topics)
  • Linking healthy oceans and seas with healthy people (3 topics)
  • The Arctic dimension (3 topics)
  • Valorizing the Mediterranean sea basin (2 topics)

Rural Renaissance (RUR): It includes the following themes

  • New approaches towards policies and governance (5 topics)
  • New value chains and business models (4 topics)
  • Innovation and skill development (7 topics)

Bio-based innovation (BB): It includes the following themes

  • Securing sustainable biomass supply for bio-based goods and services (4 topics)
  • Building the “bio-based markets of the future”- mobilising stakeholders engagement (2 topics)

You can find more information about these calls, themes and topics in the corresponding Horizon 2020 call document.… Click to read the full post

Open Access & Text Mining: Moving Things Forward

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Text mining refers to “the process or practice of examining large collections of written resources in order to generate new information” (source). I am not an expert in text mining, but I understand that it is about applying specialized software/algorithms/techniques on existing textual information so that it can be read and analyzed by machines in order for them to extract more meaningful information for us, humans. Of course, text mining is no news to the research community, as it seems that it all started back in the ’80s with a methodology titled CAVE (Content Analysis of Verbatim Explanations) but its background goes beyond the scope of this article.… Click to read the full post

Who we work with: Meet Laura Meggiolaro

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Meggiolaro_LauraWe had the pleasure to meet Laura Meggiolaro back in April 2014, when we both attended the joint CIARD/GODAN Consultation Meeting in Rome. It was there that we were introduced to Land Portal and got to learn more about the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This meeting also provided us with the opportunity to learn more (always through our discussions with Laura) about the work of Land Portal and explore collaboration opportunities – Nikos Manouselis was also there and he quickly identify the potential contributions of Agro-Know in Land Portal.

In the meantime, Agro-Know helped Land Portal with the revamp of its Library Module (you can read more about this work here) and we got to meet Laura again at our offices.… Click to read the full post

Το μεγαλύτερο γεγονός για τα ανοικτά δεδομένα είναι σήμερα: ODI Summit 2015

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Το ODI Summit με τίτλο “Celebrating Generation Open” πραγματοποιείται σήμερα, 3/11/2015 στο Λονδίνο – και προφανώς διοργανώνεται από το Open Data Institute. Αν με ρωτήσετε (εμένα και πολλούς άλλους), πρόκειται για τη μεγαλύτερη εκδήλωση σχετική με ανοικτά δεδομένα της χρονιάς. Παγκοσμίως. Η εκδήλωση αυτή δίνει την ευκαιρία σε διάφορους συμμετέχοντες να συναντηθούν, να ανταλλάξουν απόψεις και να μοιραστούν τις εμπειρίες τους, πάντα σχετικά με τα ανοικτά δεδομένα.

Η Agro-Know είναι εκεί, με τον CEO μας Νίκο Μανουσέλη, ο οποίος ήταν ενθουσιασμένος με το αντίστοιχο event πέρυσι. Από τότε μέχρι σήμερα, είχαμε την ευκαιρία να μάθουμε καλύτερα την εξαιρετική δουλειά που κάνει το ODI – ακόμη και να δουλέψουμε μαζί τους επάνω στο GODAN Discussion Paper (δείτε επίσης εδώ).… Click to read the full post

5 cool things we learned in October

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October was a busy month, not only for Agro-Know, but also for our colleagues – this was depicted in the number of blog posts that we shared with you; a total of thirteen (13!) posts on what Agro-Know and our friends are doing!

So what were the five coolest things we learned in October?

  1. There are 5 Vs in Big Data, but what matters in agri-food Big Data is the variety.
  2. Food Safety is one of the hottest topics nowadays – and we are keeping our eyes on it. Same goes for IBM and Mars.
  3. The Open Access Week led to a huge number of related activities globally; we had our (small) share in that.
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ECVET-STEP: Invitation to a Public Online Consultation

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ECVET-STEP_logoThe ECVET-STEP project aims in making the best value of the ECVET system, facilitating the transfer, accumulation and recognition of credits and learning outcomes or competences acquired otherwise between countries, thus promoting mobility and lifelong learning. Our mission is to support EU citizens and industry to ‘take the ECVET step’ adopt and use ECVET through a stepwise, quality-controlled framework and online services for building knowledge-based employment for the 21st century and beyond!

ECVET-CMF is an innovative maturity framework and a software toolkit that any interested organisation engaged in VET mobility activities may use to achieve a progressive capability for supporting ECVET processes.… Click to read the full post