“V” for Vitis (and for Variety)

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One aspect of Agroknow’s work in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project (and as the project is moving forward entering its second year) is to develop a pilot addressing a specific Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge and from a domain specific perspective (in our case that of Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy). Our pilot is specific to agriculture and more specifically to viticulture and the diversity of grapevine varieties. What we want to do is to explore how we can “support advanced crop data discovery, processing, combining and visualization from distributed and heterogeneous data repositories”.… Click to read the full post

Open Data in a Day for Business

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On November 5th 2015, I had the opportunity -not to mention the pleasure- to follow my very first open data related seminar entitled “Open Data in a Day for Business”, organized by the ODI Athens node, at the premises of Epinoo.  ODI Athens logo

Working for over a year now at Agroknow, I have had an overall idea of what Open Data is all about, but this seminar seemed like the perfect opportunity to go deeper in this emerging topic. Although the audience consisted of totally different disciplines (including banking sector, public sector, freelancers and many more), there was a common ground: our need to know the “whats”, the “whys” and the “hows” of Open Data.… Click to read the full post

AK Value of the Month (October): Serve people, not solutions

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In October’s mini All-Hands session, the lucky number 7 value of the fundamental Agro-Know Values,  a.k.a. Serve People, not solutions, was chosen by Panagis and myself to elaborate on, and we certainly had our hands full with this one! According to this value:

“We listen to our customer needs and work in order to find ways to serve them. We understand their workflows and the problems that we can help with. We deliver more value than our customer expect. We are all involved in customer service delivery and happiness, regardless of the position or level”

While it a quite straightforward value and everyone can understand its meaning loud and clear, we had to think hard as to find the best way to present the value to the rest of the team and to figure out a way for the ambassador of the value to be declared through an open competition of some sort.… Click to read the full post

Introducing the Greek Vitis initiative

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With many majors initiatives taking place all around the world, like the GODAN initiative (more information can be found here) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and with Agro-Know being an important member actively supporting and contributing to many of these initiatives, as in the case of many of the RDA groups and their data interoperability activities, it is time for a Greek initiative that will particularly focus on one of the oldest crops in the world, the grapevine, and thus the domain of viticulture. In collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens, we are launching an effort that will try to create an online map of research and innovation of relevant topics, the -as we call it- Vitis initiative!… Click to read the full post

The Organic-AgriWare project takes us for a short visit in Denmark

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As mentioned in an earlier post, one of the outcomes of the kick-off meeting of the Organic-AgriWare project back in April was to conduct face-to-face interviews with its end-users, namely researchers, advisors and farmers of the organic agriculture community. To this end, and after a fruitful communication and planning with Mrs. Ilse Ankjær Rasmussen and Mr. Tomas Nørfelt, Maritina Stavrakaki from the Agro-Know team travelled to Aarhus, Denmark, where project partners the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) and the Knowledge Centre for Agriculture (SEGES) are located.

During one of the interviews.

During one of the interviews.

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Short report on the CLORA thematic day on Open Access to Research Data

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CLORA network logoOn March 24th 2015, in Brussels, the CLORA network organized a thematic day on “Open Access to research data” and as you no doubt have guessed, Agro-Know was there, together with more than 40 participants from different French institutions and universities.

Representing the Big Data Europe H2020 project together with our colleague Phil Archer, we had our very own 45 minutes of the audience’s absolute attention, with the presentation “Big Data Europe: Understanding the requirements of the agri-food community“.

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Phil presented in a clear way what the Big Data Europe project in general is all about, and then Effie took the stand in order to explain and help the audience understand which are the difficulties that research project managers and knowledge managers encounter when working in EU-funded projects in terms of Open Access and research outcomes, specifically in the agri-food community.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know Value of the month: Mother Earth Inspiration

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As mentioned and explained in previous post (‘Mother Earth Inspiration’ Picture Contest!), November’s value of the month was all about “Mother Earth Inspiration”. Let’s try to express our interpretation of this value here, decomposing the value in its core:

Everything in nature is a balance. And everything alive on this planet should supposedly live according to this balance. There is the circle of life, comprising the food cycle, where nothing goes to waste, and on way or the other, it is being reused. Every output of one thing is an input of something else.

Take plants for example, they generate oxygen which is essential for all forms of life and at the same time, plants constitute the food source of herbivores.… Click to read the full post

The VOA3R experience as seen through the eyes of an agriculturist

During the 7th (and last) VOA3R Project meeting in Rome, Italy.

I am a certified agriculturist, and more specifically I would like to consider myself an expert on Viticulture, since by now, I am a proud holder of a PhD in Viticulture from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA).

In all my years as a student, I was studying plants, biology, physiology, ecology, genetics and generally, anything that has to do with the biological and environmental sciences as taught in the vast area of expertise in the Agricultural University of Athens. So I quickly started seeing things from the point of view of the researcher. And it was not until I went to my very first congress with an oral presentation in Budapest, in 2007 that I realized what it means to be a part of the researcher world and the scientific community.… Click to read the full post