#wechange

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Ήρθε η ώρα για μια αλλαγή. Μια μικρή, μεγάλη αλλαγή. Να σταματήσουμε να χωρίζουμε το όνομά μας στα δυο, για να είναι ξεκάθαρο και κατανοητό ότι αυτή η εταιρεία παντρεύει την αγροτική παραγωγή με τη γνώση – agriculture+knowledge. Σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, μεγάλοι φορείς που ασχολούνται με θέματα αγροτικής παραγωγής, γεωπονίας και τροφίμων μαθαίνουν για την ελληνική εταιρεία που κάνει μαγικά με την πληροφορία. Και θα πρέπει να μας ξέρουν με το όνομά μας: Agroknow. Μια λέξη, ολόκληρη, με συνοχή, που θα δείχνει τον ισχυρό και αδιατάρακτο δεσμό μεταξύ της αγροτικής παραγωγής και της γνώσης.

Είμαστε η Agroknow.… Click to read the full post

Visiting the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

The GFSP discovery service demonstrator that we customised for JIFSAN. It looks and feels like the JIFSAN web site and could be integrated into it, while being powered by the GFSP backbone. Only a sample of data has been populated but you can get a feeling yourself: greenlearningnetwork.com/jifsan/
As part of my Washington visit meeting in July’14, I also had the opportunity to meet with one of the great people that we have the pleasure to work with in the context of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).On July 8th, I arranged a visit to the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), to meet in person the Lab Manager Janie Dubois. Janie is one of the people that volunteered to serve as a case study for the analysis that the Knowledge and Learning Systems WG of the GFSP is doing on food safety information related data.
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What is Organic.Edunet?

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There are some things that we, the more experienced and old members of Agro-Know, take for granted. And that as new faces join the team and get involved in our everyday activities, we understand that we shouldn’t. One of those is the “totem” that is known as Organic.Edunet. I know what Organic.Edunet is, as well as what it was. I know how it was conceived. How it was designed. How it kicked off and developed in time. How it was launched, redesigned and re-deployed. But most of all, I know that Organic.Edunet was the opportunity that later would lead me to think about setting up a company specialised in agricultural knowledge management – yes, you which company I am referring to.… Click to read the full post

Takeaways from a meeting with a visionary

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In July 2014, I visited Washington DC for a Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) meeting at the World Bank headquarters. I could spend a whole week at the United States so I took the opportunity in order to organise some further meetings in order to explore synergies and collaborations in the context of our SemaGrow project activities. I was trying to understand better the data problems and needs that organisations like the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have, when they are trying to put together large amounts of heterogeneous information in order to help their researchers do their job.… Click to read the full post

Open data on what people eat?

An example of an indicator: % of households in a country consuming iodised salt. Not much data there...

I received an interesting question from some good colleagues in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative: can we have access to data about what people eat? The question originally focused on whether there exists a central database and/or very large dataset (including multiple years/countries) capturing what people eat.  This means not just caloric consumption per person, but what they actually consume.  For example – today I have consumed a small apple, half small melon, 5 pieces bacon. This got me into a little bit of thinking: do we have access to such data? And from what type of sources?… Click to read the full post

Open data+models for food safety: a first small step in making a really big difference

Come in, we are open

One of the great things about being part of the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (KLSWG) at a private-public network like the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) is that our team (a) works with some amazing people around the world that are pioneering the way that education & training takes place today in our sector; and (b) has a unique opportunity to validate innovative tools & ideas with the people that actually do this for a living and at an important scale.

This is exactly what bright people like Paul Stacey (Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons), Garin Fons (Programs Manager, Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin), and Theresa Bernardo (Founder, One Health Knowledge Initiatives & Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Michigan State University – and TEDx speaker 🙂 ) did in a concept paper that was just released for discussion & reflection among the GFSP network members.… Click to read the full post

Why should data-powered small businesses be interested in research e-infrastructures?

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A few days ago, I was invited by the iMarine project team to give a talk on different types of services and tools that may be developed on top of e-infrastructures, as part of their Ecosystem approach to marine and fishery data management workshop that took place as a satellite event of the 2014 edition of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI’14).

I have to admit that talking about a topic like “Specialised set of tools and services over an e-infrastructure” seems too boring for a group of great people (like the amazing Christos Arvanitidis from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research) that are trying to solve really difficult problems like the observation, modelling, documentation and preservation of marine biodiversity and fishery ecosystems.… Click to read the full post

Towards a data-powered world: should we expect the agri-food sector to change?

Guess who else was interested in the G-8 event...

There has been quite a discussion during the past few months on the way that the big data trend and evolution is going to change the sector that we work with. During 2013, our work that was very traditionally described as “agricultural knowledge management” and that sounded extremely uninteresting to several people, has suddenly become part of a hype. Some of the things that have served as catalysts include:

a) The decision that the G-8 Summit took in 2012, to commit to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, as the next phase of a shared commitment to achieving global food security.… Click to read the full post

Hire the boss!

Well, I have been complaining for quite some time (weeks? months? years?) that others don’t do things the way I would do them, and they might claim that they are doers, but they simply don’t do things in the beautiful, unique, amazing way that I would do them.

It seems that nobody believed me. And I have decided to prove it. This is why, at the end of the month, we will start a new thing in Agro-Know that we call “Hire the Boss”. Simply put, this is going to be half a day every month during which I will be working FOR someone in the company (instead of having them working for me).… Click to read the full post