Here is your call – Come and join forces!

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Second call for expressions of interest: national or regional information and data partnerships on land

The Land Portal Foundation is looking for national or regional partners to build an information and data ecosystem on land governance. The Land Portal Foundation is particularly interested in working with well-established information providers or land-related organizations who want to further develop their information services. The aim of each partnership is to create a sustainable connection between the collection and use of content at specific locations and the aggregation of content from all levels and promoting its use globally. The purpose of the partnership will be to increase the availability and accessibility of land-related content from the global south by developing shared approaches and standards for data sharing and exchange.… Click to read the full post

Can Europe lead a data revolution in agriculture and food?

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Let’s take a step to the near future.

A shared global data space for agriculture and food will propel the industry forward. Information will become available to all actors producing innovation. Analytical and decision making tools can incorporate a greater abundance of data sources. A digital economy may arise with online services and applications that use machine readable, interoperable and often publicly shared data. The necessary infrastructure components, including the technology, people, policy and business ones, may seamlessly integrate and work together.

 We believe that Europe is strategically positioned to lead such a transformation of the agriculture and food industry.Click to read the full post

Press Release: “Big Data Europe” addresses societal challenges with data technologies

Source: http://www.open-evidence.com/farmers-meet-big-data-how-data-driven-technologies-can-serve-a-traditional-sector-like-agriculture-27th-april-at-1500-cest/

European project makes big data technologies easy to use.

Big Data Europe project logoAcross society, from health to agriculture and transport, from energy to climate change and security, practitioners in every discipline recognize the potential of the enormous amounts of data being created every day. The challenge is to capture, manage and process that information to derive meaningful results and make a difference to people’s lives. The Big Data Europe project has just released the first public version of its open source platform designed to do just that. In 7 pilot studies, it is helping to solve societal challenges by putting cutting edge technology in the hands of experts in fields other than IT.Click to read the full post

5 cool things we learned in October

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October was a busy month, not only for Agro-Know, but also for our colleagues – this was depicted in the number of blog posts that we shared with you; a total of thirteen (13!) posts on what Agro-Know and our friends are doing!

So what were the five coolest things we learned in October?

  1. There are 5 Vs in Big Data, but what matters in agri-food Big Data is the variety.
  2. Food Safety is one of the hottest topics nowadays – and we are keeping our eyes on it. Same goes for IBM and Mars.
  3. The Open Access Week led to a huge number of related activities globally; we had our (small) share in that.
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Open Source Agriculture? Meet the OpenAg Initiative!

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It must have been more than ten years since I did my MSc and PhD in Agricultural Biotechnology; both of them focused on the study of effects of artificial and controlled sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus deprivation on corn plants grown hydroponically. I was also using a controlled plant growth chamber that allowed me to control environmental aspects like temperature, light and humidity – big enough to fit hundreds of plants and 4-5 people. Since my work involved the use of antibodies and the analysis of proteins, RNA & DNA, I was constantly wearing my clean, white lab coat, like the one that the guys and girls in the following picture wear.… Click to read the full post

Food Safety Information Leaders Come Together

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At the District of Columbia (D.C.) lies the capital of the United States of America, the beautiful Washington D.C. And it is there, at the World Bank Group headquarters, where a number of great minds will meet on October 14th, to decide on the next steps for developing an information sharing infrastructure that can help the world scale up food safety capacity building activities.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

As part of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), the international public-private network that the World Bank facilitates, the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (WG) will come together once more to plan ahead on the way that the various components and services of this information infrastructure should be implemented.… Click to read the full post

Don’t cry over spilled sugar

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Obesity is one of the most important health challenges of the last decades at a global level, especially affecting children; since 2013, it is considered a disease. According to the World Health Organization, “globally, in 2013 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 31 million of these are living in developing countries“. Obesity is caused by the lack of proper energy balance and are various and include an inactive lifestyle, environment, genes and family history, health conditions / medicines and other factors – you can consult the article by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for more info on the factors).… Click to read the full post

Fighting hunger with big data: doing it the CGIAR way

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Get ready for some serious numbers – by 2030, the CGIAR wants its action to result in 150 million fewer hungry people, 100 million fewer poor people – at least 50% of whom are women, and 190 million ha less degraded land. They have mobilised a tremendous amount of money from their donors to achieve it. And they are now designing the way in which they will make it happen.

Taking a closer look to their recently published progress of work, I was intrigued by two things:

  • They follow a truly transparent process, since they have published quite elaborate and detailed pre-proposals that are still under evaluation.
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AgNIC Annual Meeting 2015: Updates on PubAg and AgData Commons

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The Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC – scroll at the end of this post for more info) organizes a meeting on an annual basis. In this context, the 2015 AgNIC Conference took place between May 6-7, 2015 at Beltsville, Maryland and it marked the 20th year of this series of Conferences.

The 2015 Conference included participation from some really active stakeholders in the field of agricultural information management, such as Stan Kosecki (Acting NAL Director), Dr. Simon Liu (Associate Administrator, USDA Ag Research Service and former NAL Director as well as one of the persons involved in the development of the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS)), as well as Dr.Click to read the full post

Agro-Know got funded for Foodakai: an intelligent app to harmonise access to food safety information

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One of the good news of this summer was that Agro-Know, together with EPI Interactive, have been selected for funding from the European Commission in order to develop further the concept of Foodakai: an intelligent online application that aims to help consumers and small food businesses get better and more quickly informed about emerging food risks and relevant food alerts in their area.

Food safety is one of the hottest topics these days; food has become more complex than ever with the addition of ingredients for coloring, flavor, preservation etc.… Click to read the full post