Agroknow History 101 (and Happy New Year!)

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Last night the Ghost of Christmas Past visited me in my sleep, and took me for a trip back to the very early years  of this company – to 2007 when the idea for setting it up was born. I was still working on my PhD on agricultural information management, and οne evening Kostas came by our house for a social visit. The idea hit us while we were sitting in a small room at the back of my house – full of books, CDs, dirty laundry and baby toys. We saw the potential in what I was doing in my PhD: why not start a company to deliver this promise?… Click to read the full post

We Change

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Τhe time has come. Not any more do we need to split our name in two, so that people may understand that we do agriculture+knowledge. All around the world, more and more find out about the small but mighty Greek superhero team that is doing magic with agricultural information. And they should know us by name: Agroknow. A single word that glues together agriculture with knowledge. A simple change in our name that conveys a powerful message.

We are Agroknow, the company that does the magic to seamlessly connect agriculture with knowledge. The company that is among the leaders of the global movement of open data for agriculture and nutrition.… 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

DBpedia goes Agro-Know

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DBpediaFor those working with linked open data, DBpedia does not need an introduction; for the rest, DBpedia is one of the largest linked open datasets available – the DBpedia dataset consists of 103 million RDF triples and is interlinked with other open datasets.

The DBpedia project focuses on the task of converting Wikipedia content into structured knowledge, such that Semantic Web techniques can be employed against it — asking sophisticated queries against Wikipedia, linking it to other datasets on the Web, or creating new applications or mashups. I will skip the more technical details on how this is achieved; you can find more information here.… Click to read the full post

300 blog posts and counting!

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The Agro-Know blog started by the end of 2013, after a discussion I had with Nikos; I have already shared some parts of the story here and we have already celebrated the 100th one (but we missed the 200th in the meantime…). Today we are celebrating the 300th post on the Agro-Know blog!

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Yes, sometime we feel like the Spartans :-)

I am personally proud of the Agro-Know blog, as I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort in setting it up, shaping it, making it look beautiful (in terms of theme and user interface), administering it (backing up everything, moderating posts, installing and updating plugins etc.) but most of all making sure that fresh and interesting content is published on a periodic basis.… Click to read the full post

Right before the August break…

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So here I am, Saturday noon all alone in the office, working on bits and pieces of things that I would like to put together before I leave for the August family holiday break… Still thinking about what Margarita asked me yesterday: “How can this handful of people do such an impressive amount of work during August?”

#LifeAtAK: Really, where is everybody? 😆

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So what keeps me busy these last working hours, before I depart for a few more days in the sunny Greek islands?

  • Taking a look at the new version of AKstem.com that Panagis is working on, so that I provide him with a description of the core services that we will offer (Open, Share, Use, Map), in order to be ready for the September launch.
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Agro-Know: Doing business as usual!

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During the last days (or even weeks) we receive a number of kind inquiries from friends, colleagues, customers and collaborators around the world, asking us about the current situation in Greece and how this affects our work. The answer is simple: No matter what happens outside the Agro-Know office in Athens, we are doing business as usual!

The Agro-Know team, having the flexibility of operational bases in both Greece and Belgium, is working full speed on various tasks, just before our summer holidays begin:

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AK Value of the Month (May): One happy family (or how to find the next Picasso)

The winner, CEO Nikos Manouselis with '1 Χάπι family" drawing (if lost in translation, happy=Χάπι-->pill in Greek)

In May’s All-Hands session, the 10th and last commandment of Agro-Know values ‘One happy family‘ was chosen by Kelly and George (ladies first) and they managed to make a buzz around it!

The value meaning comes further into that  ‘We want to build a family, not just a team. We manage our teams fairly, effectively and with a sharp focus on our common goals. We serve those we lead by removing obstacles and enabling our people to succeed. We watch out for each other and care for each other

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Agro-Knowers’ versions of ‘One Happy Family

 

They made us compete by drawing our personal version of “One Happy Family”.… Click to read the full post

Demographics of Agro-Know – May 2015 version

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Topic of this blog post was requested by some members of the Agro-Know team. Indeed, working  and assembling all the data together we could see what are those human resources that we so often refer to. The Admin team collects basic information about the team members in order to extract useful analytics.

Agro-Know’s population sums up to 25 people at the moment; a number that is changing mostly due to the acquisition of new team members. You can see some statistical data on who we are and what we look like in the graphs right below.

Education

As one can see, the Agro-Know team consists of members with different educational background and expertise.… Click to read the full post