From global challenges to local ones: linking communities around the world

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How do you connect young students from the developed world with people living in a small village in Kenya? How can you fight to preserve local Italian seed varieties that are becoming extinct, even if you are at the other side of the planet? How can you link a grand challenge (like feeding the increasing population of the planet) to a very local one (like helping a rural area to become more attractive to young families)? In the context of the CAPSELLA project, we are trying to make these exact connections and put the collective brain power of people interested in solving the pressing problems that matter.… Click to read the full post

European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food

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How do European officials working on agriculture and food topics deal with the emerging data revolution in the sector? How can they be aware of the recent developments in a way that may inform their thinking? And how can they respond to the community needs by appropriately shaping the policy programs and support instruments?

This was the topic of a meeting that took place in Brussels on September 30th, 2016. The meeting was organised by the Big Data Europe project, in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Agroknow, being the Big Data Europe partners responsible for the food and agriculture sector, worked together with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in order to invite to the meeting representatives from the European Commission (EC) DGs and a select group of community stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Data Science in Agriculture Summit

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a federal agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is convening a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government wide-efforts and investments in Big Data. Save the date for an opportunity to help shape the agenda driving innovation in the agricultural enterprise. You can join the event via livestream as leaders in agriculture and data science fields converge to synthesize the future of data-driven agriculture. usda-nifa-foundational-grants

This October 10, 2016 event entitled “Data Summit: Changing the Face, Place, and Space of Agriculture” will include an address from NIFA Director Dr.… Click to read the full post

What you need to know about the GODAN Summit 2016

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This year, the largest-ever event for open data in agriculture and nutrition, GODAN Summit will bring together the world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others in New York. The two-day event (15-16 September, 2016) will include various lighting presentations and exhibits that illustrate the opening, sharing, use and importance of the agri-food information.

Encouraging the openness of data in agriculture and nutrition to end world hunger” is the key message to be addressed at the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit.

During the event, a number of interesting speeches will be made from high-level profile world leaders and innovators who will share their thoughts on how open data can zero the world hunger and the malnutrition in every corner of the globe.… Click to read the full post

Participating in the 1st AgroHackathon in Montpellier

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Two months ago the 1st AgroHackathon caught the eye of the Agroknow team, and of course the initial reaction was: “Agroknow should definitely be a part of such an event organized for the first time, worldwide!”.

Of course we could not go there empty-handed, so we sat down and discussed a lot about possible hack propositions. Being a part of the OpenMintEd project we decided to combine its needs with these of the agricultural community and came up with a proposal that would cover text and data extraction from pdf publications on viticulture research and annotation of the extracted information against known endpoints (more info can be found here, and here).… Click to read the full post

Application for OpenCon 2016 now open

Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 on November 12-14 in Washington, DC are now open! The application is available at http://www.opencon2016.org/apply. Applicants can request a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to most of those accepted. OpenCon seeks to bring together students and early career academic professionals from around the world who want to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. A program of keynotes, panels, workshops, hackathons, and meetings with policy makers will build participant’s skills in key areas, but the benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington event.… Click to read the full post

Crete, London, Sofia: from data-powered ideas to a data ecosystem revolution

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From Crete, to London, to Sofia. I feel that during the past 30 days, some tectonic movements took place in our area of work. Our Open Harvest came first, assembling and connecting 30 handpicked experts from around the world. Offering them an oportunity and an environment to talk about enhancing collaboration, identifying elements of a common agenda, and sending a message to the rest of the world that the people that work on topics related to agriculture and food data management and sharing want to collaborate more. The experience was fulfilling, the outcome has been amazing: the Chania Declaration calls for stronger connections, more sharing, better alignment of the public and private sector.
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Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research – A very different Approach to Publishing Agricultural Research

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OKAD_F1000_ResearchOn 28th of June 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to learn more about open publishing of agricultural knowledge and  research.

This webinar will cover how the novel approaches taken by the publication venue Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) and the publishing platform it is hosted on, F1000Research, are addressing these issues. OKAD publishes academic articles, posters and slide presentations involving open knowledge projects within all areas of agriculture, nutrition and agro-biodiversity.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research.

For more information regarding how to join and the required system specifications, please visit http://aims.fao.org/node/119009.… Click to read the full post

CHANIA DECLARATION

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CHANIA DECLARATION

 

We the signatories of this declaration have come together at the “Open Harvest” event, to collaborate in developing a vision for e-infrastructures for agricultural research, extension and development.

We seek to catalyze creation of a powerful ecosystem of linked data repositories, data management services and virtual collaboration environments to increase the pace of knowledge production for agricultural innovation.

We agree to strengthen our collaboration through building a common roadmap for the infrastructure elements our sector so desperately needs.   As we define infrastructure we consider every element that is needed to achieve our goals: physical structures; software; standards; and procedures.… Click to read the full post

Harvesting open ideas from great minds: Open Harvest 2016

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The time has come again to open our home to the world. To invite good colleagues and friends, but to also welcome new people that we are meeting for the first time. To organise and host a special event, a unique gathering, a meeting of some select great minds, in order to discuss openness and information. Our Open Harvest series of events is kicking off this May in Chania, Crete. It aims to become a very special meeting and collaboration opportunity for people that work on various aspects of open sharing and discovery of information related to agriculture, food and the environment.… Click to read the full post