First Issue of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Newsletter

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GFSP_logoThose registered in the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) mailing list must have received the first issue of the GFSP digital newsletter; a publication intended to be published quarterly, highlighting news and events related to the Partnership and its members.

The newsletter is nicely divided in four sections, namely Features, Voices, News and Updates (both from GFSP Secretariat and our partners) and Events.

In this first issue, the major news items are:

The newsletter also features two interviews with researchers working on food safety as well as a detailed list of GFSP-related events.… Click to read the full post

Capacity building for agricultural innovation: the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP)

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What would come to your mind if you first heard about a “TAPipedia”? Something similar to Wikipedia? An encyclopaedia on topics related to the TAP acronym? A toy children that makes a ” tap tap” noise?

What can a tag cloud tell us about TAPipedia?

What can a tag cloud tell us about TAPipedia?

Well, you may not worry about this, but the agricultural ministers of the G20 countries will soon worry about what TAPipedia means. The reason is that, a couple of years ago that they first met as part of the G20 assemblies, it was agreed that action will be taken to support, facilitate and spur agricultural innovation in the tropical countries (that is, countries from all sides of the world like Costa Rica, Panama, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zambia).… Click to read the full post

Open Licensing and the Business World: A Creative Commons Initiative

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Many heated debates have been made over the years regarding the co-existence of open licensing and business development. As we speak there is a broad spectrum of businesses, organizations, governments and individuals who use Creative Commons’ license.  Although there is a tendency for more and more people to join, still many are wondering how it is possible for one to “openly license his work and give it away for free”, and at the same time make a living. In order to address this issue, Creative Commons, with the support and funding of the Hewlett Foundation, is launching an “open business models initiative” with the sole purpose of showcasing and indicating how their licenses are used.… Click to read the full post

Brief report on the outcomes of the AGRIS e-consultation

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The AGRIS e-consultation survey was conducted from November 2014 (that became also the first announcement to our blog) until the 12th of February 2015 with the support of the UN FAO. The AGRIS team wanted to recive the feedback from the AGRIS web portal users in order to get useful information about their real needs and use the results for the further development of AGRIS.

We would really like to thank all the participants of this survey that spent some of their time to evaluate the AGRIS web portal and its services through the short questionnaire. Their answers gave us a really good outcome.… Click to read the full post

Big Data (all over) Europe: an opportunity ahead for food & agriculture

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Is this the time for big data technologies to be streamlined in Europe? Are we going to see a wave of big data powered tools and applications in different application domains and industry sectors? This is the ambitious goal of the recently launched initiative Big Data Europe and its is a major opportunity (but also challenge) for the agri-food sector as well.

 

 

The European Commission decided to bring together some of the best European minds researching and developing big data technologies, and ask them to work with representatives of the six key Societal Challenges that Europe is facing (and the European Commission is channeling its funding towards) so that we explore the capabilities and limitations of existing technologies.… Click to read the full post

Press Release: “Big Data Europe” to empower communities with data technologies

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New European project develops a platform to facilitate big data usage

Big Data Europe project logoThe growing digitization and networking process within our society has a large influence on all aspects of everyday life. Large amounts of data are being produced permanently, and when they are analyzed and interlinked they have the potential to create new knowledge and intelligent solutions for both the economy and society as a whole. To facilitate the use of Big Data technologies, the European Union funds an interdisciplinary research and innovation project called “BigDataEurope”. A European consortium, led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, is developing a platform that will simplify the creation and access to Big Data applications and their integration into existing workflows.Click to read the full post

Land Portal & Global Open Knowledge Hub visit Agro-Know

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Between 14-15 of January 2015 we had two interesting people visiting Agro-Know: Laura Meggiolaro from Land Portal and Peter Mason from the Institute of Development Studies.  The aim of their visit was to get to know the Agro-Know team better (this goes especially to Laura, since Agro-Know is already working on the new version of the Land Portal Library Module) and also to explore possibilities of further collaboration.

Laura is the coordinator of the Land Portal Partnership and our first contact was made during the 1st CIARD/GODAN Consultation meetingwhen we had some initial discussions about the possibility to implement semantic web technologies in the Land Portal.… Click to read the full post

Will you be the godfather of our new agri-food data-powered solution?

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This is a different blog post and I am going to skip my usual long introductions to the subject and lengthy analyses: We have an idea and we need your help!

What we have (so far)

We are in the process of designing a data-powered solution, based on our Data Framework. What we have currently working on is a tool that will help users to (almost automatically) get help on specific topics or have data-rich microsites built for them, including the following (but not limited to them):

  • Ask for consultancy on the implementation of a given Open Access Policy (and the design of an Open Access Implementation Plan;
  • Automatic creation of a research microsite;
  • Management of multiple microsites through a single administration panel;
  • Addition of relevant resources (from specified data sources) in an existing website.
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Stakeholder consultation on CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework

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CGIARThe CGIAR Funders Forum and Fund Council discussed a draft version of a new Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for CGIAR in Brussels on November 4-5, 2014 and agreed on next steps to its completion, which will include a broad stakeholder consultation jointly organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium (as part of GCARD3) that provides stakeholders and partners both inside and outside CGIAR with two opportunities to provide inputs and feedback, highlighted in these 2 steps:

Step 1: CGIAR SRF Stakeholder consultation: November through December 2014

Step 2: CGIAR Stakeholder consultation on final draft SRF (released in late January, 2015 – ahead of a final version to be approved in April-May 2015)

In this context, everyone is invited to provide feedback on the ongoing Step 1 activities, by commenting on the existing principles or using any of the means provided in the Consultation page of the CGIAR website (e.g.… Click to read the full post

Practical considerations on the Open Access & Data Management Policy of CGIAR

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CGIARCGIAR (ex- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a large network of 15 agricultural research centers located all over the world, which generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The amount of research outcomes produced by the researchers of these centers is huge; still, there was no concrete plan for facilitating access to these outcomes nor any hint of opening up access to them until 2012 when the CGIAR Consortium approved the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets. It was obvious that the CGIAR Consortium had the intention to make all of its data and research outputs open and harvestable and in this context, these principles were approved and adopted in March 2012.… Click to read the full post