Facilitating access to educational and learning resources: Experiences so far

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As you may already know this week (March 7-11) is the Open Education Week 2016 – an initiative that aims to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. The event takes place at a global level and is coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.

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This was an excellent opportunity for us to write something relevant to this concept, as a small contribution to this global set of events – and it seems that the best I could think of at this point is our (as Agroknow) contributions in facilitating access to educational resources, mostly in green topics.… Click to read the full post

Text Mining and Agriculture: The AgroNLP projects

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The TETIS team (Territoires, Environnement, Télédetection et Information Spatiale or Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information in English) is a Joint Research Unit of some of the major French actors in text mining and Natural Language Processing, namely AgroParisTech, Irstea (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) and Cirad (the International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Development Research). It is located in Montpellier. The TETIS Unit has been really active in projects related to the application of text mining in use cases in the agricultural sector.

These AgroNLP projects (Natural Language Processing applied to AGRicultural dOmain) aim to address different challenges faced by stakeholders in the agri-food sector, such as:

  • Animal Disease Surveillance: The project proposes a new methodology in the domain of epidemic intelligence in animal health in order to discover knowledge in web documents dealing with animal disease outbreaks.
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“V” for Vitis (and for Variety)

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One aspect of Agroknow’s work in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project (and as the project is moving forward entering its second year) is to develop a pilot addressing a specific Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge and from a domain specific perspective (in our case that of Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy). Our pilot is specific to agriculture and more specifically to viticulture and the diversity of grapevine varieties. What we want to do is to explore how we can “support advanced crop data discovery, processing, combining and visualization from distributed and heterogeneous data repositories”.… Click to read the full post

Working on text mining – this is what we do

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Our participation in the OpenMinTeD Horizon 2020 project allowed us to get to know a little bit more on text mining, the communities around it, the various types of stakeholders and the issues that they face.

Our job was everything around the user requirements’ elicitation; we were responsible for defining and applying a methodology for creating the profiles of various types of text mining stakeholders, understanding their content-related needs, identifying their issues and proposing the optimal solutions to address them – focusing on the text mining-related ones. Pretty demanding, right?

The project encompasses four (4) different communities:

  1. Scholarly Communication
  2. Agriculture / Biodiversity
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Social Sciences

Our methodology consisted of two rounds of requirements’ elicitation:

i) A general online questionnaire was prepared and project partners were asked to adapt it for their communities.… Click to read the full post

Using competences & skills as the link between job offers and training opportunities

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One of the key aspects of the market is to provide accurate links between the actual needs of the market and the training opportunities available in terms of skills and competences. In an ideal system, businesses will be able to describe their job offerings though a well-defined schema (including skills and competences needed for this position) and at the same time, individuals who want to apply for the specific position will be able to see if they meet the requirements defined by the business or if they need to improve their profile by taking specific courses that address the specific competences and skills of the specific position.… Click to read the full post

Testing e-services for digital content enrichment at the FREME Hackathon

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The hackathon of the FREME project took place at the premises of the University of Leipzig, Germany between 11 and 12/11/2015. As expected, the hackathon aimed at testing the FREME e-services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The testing was achieved by developing our client side programs, collaborating with each other, discussing and solving our main problems. Agro-Know was there, as one of the project partners and made a presentation about our AKstem product and how it benefits from the outcomes of the FREME project by integrating specific e-services – in fact, Agro-Know is one of the project’s business cases.… Click to read the full post

Need help with ECVET? Check out the ECVET-STEP Toolkit!

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The ECVET-STEP project has been working on the development of instruments (e.g. software tools and standards, such as RULOs) and the methodology for these tools to be used and integrated in existing workflows and practices related to Vocational Education & Training. In this context, one of the challenges to be met by the project is  for it to be able to showcase the effectiveness of RULOs for the efficient adoption of ECVET principles by organisations engaged in mobility-based VET activities across Europe.

The ECVET-STEP project is also working towards the transformation of the systems’ architecture design and the associated metadata Application Profile for RULOs into a set of software components and services that can allow and facilitate the implementation and interoperability of competence-oriented software applications for VET.… Click to read the full post

An Open Science Cloud for Europe’s agri-food research skies

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During these strange, troubling times, Europe seems to be trying to make some steps towards closer collaboration and integration. The strategy for creating a Digital Single Market is one of these desired steps that will try to bring together the 28 member states at the online space. And as far European research is concerned, a major decision has been taken during the past few weeks by some of the key stakeholders that drive the digital science (or eScience) agenda: to join forces and create a so-called European Open Science Cloud for Research.

Five leading Europan initiatives (EUDATLIBEROpenAIREEGI and GEANT) that are working on different parts of e-infrastructures to facilitate research, have published a position paper that describes their joint vision on empowering research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in Europe for the benefit of innovation and growth.… Click to read the full post

The Stevia Hellas cooperative & Agro-Know

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The Stevia Hellas Coop is a cooperative of farmers in the region of Fthiotida, based in the town of Lamia (Greece). It is bringing together farmers that are cultivating Stevia as a plant that forms the basis for natural sweetener products that can substitute sugar. Their first product is called La Mia Stevia and is at the final stages of packaging and pilot distribution.

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Agro-Know is working closely farmer cooperatives (like Stevia Hellas Coop and the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service – DAAS) in facilitating access of the farmers to information that they need. For Stevia Hellas Coop, we will investigate how our online service AKstem.com can enhance the Stevia Hellas Coop web site with a micro-site that will offer to farmers a customisable and dynamic view over scientific and market information that are of relevance to stevia (at any stage of its planting, harvesting, processing, packaging and marketing) from credible sources around the world.… Click to read the full post

ECVET-STEP: Invitation to a Public Online Consultation

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ECVET-STEP_logoThe ECVET-STEP project aims in making the best value of the ECVET system, facilitating the transfer, accumulation and recognition of credits and learning outcomes or competences acquired otherwise between countries, thus promoting mobility and lifelong learning. Our mission is to support EU citizens and industry to ‘take the ECVET step’ adopt and use ECVET through a stepwise, quality-controlled framework and online services for building knowledge-based employment for the 21st century and beyond!

ECVET-CMF is an innovative maturity framework and a software toolkit that any interested organisation engaged in VET mobility activities may use to achieve a progressive capability for supporting ECVET processes.… Click to read the full post