The 9th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) took place in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 7 April 2017. The RDA Plenary Meetings constitute a major event where more than 4000 members from 100 countries come together to discuss, develop and promote data-sharing and data-driven research infrastructure through Working and Interest Groups. The Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) pre-meeting took place just a couple of days before the 9th RDA plenary meeting, from 3 to 4 April 2017 and attracted more than 100 participants from all over the world.
The first day the IGAD pre-meeting included presentations related to the topics of agrisemantics, data interoperability, data sharing, as well as capacity development.… Click to read the full post
On February 20th 2017, we had the pleasure to host a workshop at the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), co-organized together with the colleagues from the Laboratory of Viticulture.
Delegates from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and more specifically from the Agricultural Information Institute and the National Science Library, were also invited to present their research activities and the Big Data infrastructures that are being implemented in CAAS, in the scope of also exchanging knowledge, experience and ideas.
The workshop provided us with the excellent opportunity to present our use case pilot demonstrator, “VITIS”, that is being developed by Agroknow with support from the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project.… Click to read the full post
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
As mentioned in an earlier post, Agroknow participates in the Horizon 2020 EU-funded CAPS project, namely CAPSELLA. CAPSELLA project aims at developing novel ICT solutions tailored to the needs and requirements of farmers’ local communities and networks and other actors engaged in agrobiodiversity To do so, CAPSELLA use a strong bottom-up participatory approach, elicited through physical meetings with local communities and a dedicated online platform. In CAPSELLA, farmers’ local communities and networks interact with agroecology, agri-food and ICT experts to test, validate and select the innovative applications and tools best suited to their needs.
In this post, we are going to learn about Sarantoporo.gr, a very active and promising community in Northern Greece that promote sustainable development in the remote, isolated, mountainous region of Elassona municipality and it participates also at NetCommons, another CAPS EU funded project under Horizon 2020.… Click to read the full post
European project makes big data technologies easy to use.
Across 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
As mentioned in an earlier post, the European Commission has launched the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovations (CAPS), platforms that aim to combine data of interest to specific communities, such as social media, distributed knowledge as well as data from real environments (Internet of Things) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. To this context, many CAPS projects are activated in various thematic areas, like CAPSELLA where Agroknow is a part of the project consortium. In this post, we are going to learn more about two other CAPS projects (MAZI, NetCommons) through our interview with Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the nonprofit organization nethood.org.… Click to read the full post
May was all about Agroknow’s Open Harvest! The logic behind this meeting has been explained in detail here and one of the major outcomes is the -already famous- Chania Declaration.
As promised and planned, on Thursday 19th of May, second day of the meeting and after the end of all discussions and presentations, it was time to offer all participants a first sneak preview of the use case pilot demonstrator that we have been developing in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project.
In order to help participants visualize what this demonstrator will be all about and what problems could help solve, we had organized a hands-on-visit to a nearby traditional vineyard and winery.… Click to read the full post
In an earlier post, we explained how Variety, one of the four Vs of Big Data, applies in a specific domain as is the one of Viticulture and how all this connects with Agroknow’s work (a.k.a. our use case pilot) in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project.
Viticulture is one of those domains of Agriculture, and obviously not the only one, where data are present throughout the entire process, from the vineyard where various activities take place to the laboratory where analyses are being done. Different vineyards to set the experiment, different grapevine varieties or even different samples of the same variety but from different locations to study, different equipment to use, different methods and protocols to follow, all these contain more than one type of data and all these constitute variables that can differentiate the research outcomes.… Click to read the full post
The role of local communities in the development and maintenance of traditional, local knowledge is priceless. Different practices, assets and approaches are available at a local/regional level and exhibit both differences and similarities with the ones available in local communities in other locations. This is a highly important aspect in the agrifood sector where various related use cases exist, such as in the case of the preservation of local plant (and animal) varieties and breeds, agricultural practices adapted to local micro-environments, food production processes adapted to the specific needs of rural population in specific contexts etc.
Such knowledge reflects on the lifestyle, food production and consumption patterns and its accumulation is based on participatory democratic processes, passing from one generation to the other, openly shared among the community members.… Click to read the full post