Introducing the Greek Vitis initiative

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With many majors initiatives taking place all around the world, like the GODAN initiative (more information can be found here) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and with Agro-Know being an important member actively supporting and contributing to many of these initiatives, as in the case of many of the RDA groups and their data interoperability activities, it is time for a Greek initiative that will particularly focus on one of the oldest crops in the world, the grapevine, and thus the domain of viticulture. In collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens, we are launching an effort that will try to create an online map of research and innovation of relevant topics, the -as we call it- Vitis initiative!… Click to read the full post

New series of blog posts on open, linked and big data

Less than one year ago, we were really happy to feature a guest blog post on using social networks for disaster recovery, focusing on the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on March, 8, 2014. The post was authored by Mohammed Z. Al-Taie, a PhD candidate at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Faculty of Computing (FC) – Soft Computing Research Group (SCRG).

Mr. Al-Taie was kind enough to propose authoring a series of blog post on open, linked and big data in the following months through the Agro-Know blog. We gladly accepted this kind gesture as these topics are really close to what we are working on in Agro-Know, focusing on the agri-food sector.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know joins the ODI Train the Trainer course on Open Data

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It has only been a while since I had the pleasure to collaborate with the ODI team (among others) for the development of the GODAN Discussion Paper; now, another opportunity for collaboration between Agro-Know and ODI is in the works!

Stoitsis_GiannisMore specifically, our COO Giannis Stoitsis is traveling to the ODI premises in London next week, in order to attend the week-long Train the Trainer course which will allow him to become one of the ODI registered trainers. Giannis is going to be the one out of only two people selected by ODI Athens, one of the ODI nodes, for this specific training. … Click to read the full post

Call to Action: How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?

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GODAN Discussion PaperWhile the GODAN Discussion Paper was presented during the International Open Data Conference 2015 (IODC15) , GODAN made a call for contributions on the theme of the Paper: “How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?“.

The point is simple: What has been depicted in the report was the status of open data in agriculture and nutrition at a specific time, as seen by a limited number of people (the GODAN Secretariat, the ODI team and some more people, among others): Due to the tight deadline, it was not possible to contact as many people as we would like and to have their opinions expressed in the report; on top of that, there was a clear limitation in the total size of the report (regarding the number of pages), as a typical, long report would not be as usable and efficient as we would like it to be – and we wanted the report to be easy to use!… Click to read the full post

The Hague Declaration and the Agro-Know use case on food safety

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Some days ago we shared the news about the Hague Declaration on Open Knowledge – and the fact that we are proud to be among the original signatories. Since then, there has been a lot of activity around the declaration: many more signatories, updates on the initiative’s website and the public availability of the initiative’s declaration.

Even though we keep an eye on the updates of the Hague Declaration, we were surprised (in a really good way!) to see the list of use cases available through the website and the Agro-Know one to be on the top of the page (one of the perks of having your brand name starting with an A)!… Click to read the full post

AGRIS new data service supported by Agro-Know stem is up and running!

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We are happy to announce that AGRIS new content providers service is now up and running. The new online service is supported through the Agro-Know stem service. Our goal is to facilitate the submission of data to AGRIS by content providers and their interaction with AGRIS data processing unit!

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The new online service gives the option at new providers to register using improved registration forms and to AGRIS content providers to submit their data in a more efficient way! As you will see in the main page we provide the following 4 categories:

View the AGRIS network
Contributing bibliographic information
Using AGRIS bibliographic information
Asking questions

The first category presents an overview of the AGRIS network visualized in a map.… Click to read the full post

On the Grey Literature Day & the Pisa Declaration

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Grey Literature Day is annually commemorated on May 16th. This is a day on which the International Grey Literature Community “seeks to manifest its presence and responsibility for a wealth of diverse document types both in print and electronic formats that may appear less visible but are often the basis for research and development for science and the public good. Grey Literature Day is celebrated by multiple stakeholders responsible for both the supply and demand sides of these valued assets” (quote from the GreyLit Network Announcement).

Grey Literature Day likewise celebrates the signing of the “Pisa Declaration on Policy Development for Grey Literature Resources” which was published on May 16, 2014 and is currently translated into more than 15 languages worldwide.… Click to read the full post

Describing a data management plan for your Horizon 2020 proposal

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For those interested in submitting a proposal in the next Horizon 2020 calls on Blue Growth, Sustainable Food Security & Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy they have to hurry; these calls have a deadline on 11/6/2015, so in less than one month.

Agro-Know has a long experience in the aforementioned thematic areas, through its involvement in related projects and initiatives; for example, as regards the Blue Growth, we were involved in the iMarine project (mostly through our agINFRA FP7 project as well as the role of our CEO Nikos Manouselis in iMarine’s advisory board) while our collaboration with the Hasselt University (Belgium) during the VOA3R ICT-PSP project brought our attention to the wealth of bibliographic data available in the oceanography, marine science, fisheries and aquaculture context through the OceanDocs repository (among others).… Click to read the full post

The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

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The_Hague_Declaration_logoA new, interesting initiative was caught in our radar some days ago: The Hague Declaration. According to its founders, “The Hague Declaration aims to foster agreement about how to best enable access to facts, data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age“. The ultimate aim of the Declaration is to remove barriers to accessing and analysing the wealth of data already produced by society.

Background

It all started back in December 2014 (more specifically between 9-10 of December 2014), when LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, took the initiative to bring together 25 global experts in The Hague, The Netherlands, in order for them to collaboratively work on the first draft of the Hague Declaration.… Click to read the full post