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

Big data in Europe calls on Agro-Know

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We have been following Big Data Europe since its early stages, learning about the recent advances and trends in big data by prestigious partners like Fraunhofer (yes, the guys that invented MP3). We got more and more involved in this flagship big data initiative for Europe, sharing our understanding of data-related challenges in the agri-food sector, what kind of big data our communities work with, and how cutting edge solutions using big data analytics may be developed to serve their needs.

This is the time to take an important step forward: and beautiful Paris is the place where this will happen.… Click to read the full post

Organic-AgriWare at the SAF2 Pitch & Demo event

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SmartAgriFoodAgro-Know is one of the just 50 top European ICT SMEs and web entrepreneurs that were selected by SmartAgriFood (SAF) to develop smart applications and services for agriculture using FIWARE technologies following a European wide call that resulted in over 150 applications. The outcome of this collaboration is Organic-AgriWare: a FIspace-powered web application (click here to access it) that aims at serving stakeholders in organic agriculture by providing them with quality information on topics of interest to them in a user-friendly format. The app is developed with the precious contributions from ICROFS and SEGES from Denmark.

These 50 SmartAgriFood beneficiaries will have the opportunity to present their work during the SAF2 Pitch & Demo event that will take place in The Hague between 16 & 17 of September – this means tomorrow and the day after!… Click to read the full post

Uplifting workshop on the FIspace offerings

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FIspaceOn Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Ι was in Bremen for participating in a FIspace workshop. The workshop’s goal was to present all the FIspace offered tools to companies, in order to help them easy develop their mashups and that was successfully achieved. The logic behind the workshopwas to explain the platform’s functioning from various point of views: the developer’s, the end user’s and the business architect’s.

FIspace is the space for business collaboration under the different FIWARE accelerator programmes. In FIspace every company can develop applications called mashups which could be offered to other businesses; in this way, an “under development” company’s product can grow very fast.… Click to read the full post

Paper submission for the EDEN Open Classroom 2015 / ODS Conference

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This year, the European Distance and e-Learning Network‘s (EDEN) Open Classroom is collocated with the Open Discovery Space (ODS) Conference titled “Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations“. The 3-day Conference will take place between 18‐21 September 2015 in Athens, Greece, at the premises of  Ellinogermaniki Agogi. It will be hosted by the Open Discovery Space, DigiSkills and GreeNET projects.

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Agro-Know, in collaboration with the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) is participating in both the ODS and the GreeNET project and we decided to prepare a submission for the Conference. In this direction, we worked on a paper titled “Environmental Education through Enquiry and Technology: the case of the GreeNET project“.… Click to read the full post

What happens in Turin stays in Turin? We have a FREME report

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Have you ever used services like Open Calais ? If yes then probably you were amazed by how easy is to automatically extract semantic information directly from the submitted text. If you are not familiar with Open Calais it is a service that extracts events, people, organisations, topics and social tags from unstructured data. I would suggest to try it. A lot of developers and companies are using such services to enrich their content, to improve discovery services, to build recommendations services and to extract analytics from content.

But could such great service work with any open dataset that you have for your domain and not only with a specific and close data?
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Join our Webinar@AIMS: How AKstem supports the AGRIS network

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)We are happy to announce, thanks to our dearest colleagues from AIMS team Karna and Thembani, the webinar dedicated to our AKStem service and AGRIS Data processing!

The aim of the webinar is to present the new online service desk powered by the AKstem service that facilitates the submission of AGRIS data provider’s collections to AGRIS, providing an improved interaction with AGRIS data processing unit. Additionally, in this webinar we are presenting the ways and methods that AGRIS data providers can contribute their bibliographic information (metadata) to AGRIS. The webinar is addressing to both new and old AGRIS data providers, as it will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding on the new service and its functionalities.… Click to read the full post

Presentation of ODI Athens and Greek Open Data Trainers

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ODI Athens logoThe Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS/EELLAK in Greek) in the context of its collaboration with the Open Data Institute for the deployment of the ODI Athens node is co-organizing with Epinoo, a structure of the National Technical University of Athens the first open meeting for the official training program of ODI Athens. The meeting will take place today, Monday 27th of July 2015 at 17.00, at the premises of Epinoo (map).

The event will provide the opportunity to the first Greek ODI Athens open data trainers certified by ODI (those who have recently attended the Train the Trainer week-long course at the ODI premises in London) will present the training services that will be available in Greece. … Click to read the full post

Giants join forces to improve agricultural semantics

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I am writing this post on my way back to home from Rome where I participated in the Improving Agricultural Semantics workshop that was held in Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations and which was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

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Arriving I decided not to speak about the situation in Greece and get as much as possible from this event where all the important organisations of the agricultural sector will be present. Of course you understand that this was difficult because everybody was asking me about the referendum. I broke my promise 🙁

The workshop started with a very interesting session about the results of the pre-workshop survey about the Knowledge Organisations Systems and data used and produced by organisations and the main problems that they are addressing.… Click to read the full post

“Improving Semantics in Agriculture” Workshop

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A Workshop titled “Improving Semantics in Agriculture” is taking place between July 2-3, 2015 at FAO HQ, Rome, Italy. Our COO Giannis Stoitsis has already arrived in Rome and is currently attending the Workshop, which engages a number of people with long experience in knoweldge management in the agricultural sector.

The goal of this workshop is to draw a roadmap for the future of information management and sharing in agriculture based on shared semantics. It is expected that a large part of the discussions will revolve around GACS (“Global Agricultural Concept Scheme”) that aims to bring together three major thesauri in agriculture to build a common, global repository of conceptual and terminological information.… Click to read the full post