Α short report from the RDA’s IGAD pre-meeting

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.rda_igad_premeeting 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

VITIS Big Data Demonstrator @ Agricultural University of Athens

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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.caas_aua

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

Vitis Big Data Demonstrator @ Open Harvest 2016

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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.

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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

Digital Humanities & Agricultural Cooperatives: is there a link?

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Would you imagine that there is a connection between Europe’s digital cultural heritage library, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and agricultural cooperatives? Probably not. Which is the beauty of the whole thing: investigating whether this rich, common European heritage source can prove of relevance and value to people and activities that one would never consider. This is exactly what Agroknow has carried out during the last year of a large European project called Europeana Cloud – being a member of the ARIADNE Foundation that was a partner in the project. The project focused on how Europeana could prove to be a research resource to scientists working on areas related to the Humanities; that is, people working on topics such as history, philosophy, culture, theology and such.Click to read the full post

Webinar@AIMS: Using AGRIS as a portal of choice to access agricultural research and technology information

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On 28th of April 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to access information on agricultural  research and technology.

This Webinar@AIMS will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership in the usage of AGRIS bibliographic data as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the basic fundamentals of AGRIS, overview the AGRIS interface, and how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thembani Malapela, UN FAO’s Knowledge and Information Management Officer.… Click to read the full post

Working with legal interoperability in the fishery and marine sciences

(ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS) Schooling jacks (Carangidae sp.) near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The Solomon Islands nation is ranked among the top 10 most biologicallly diverse and imperiled nations in the world. The Conservancy's conservation work in Melanesia, part of the Global Islands Parntership, has provided models for conservation that are being leveraged roadly and deeply throughout the Pacific region.  The Global Island Partnership between organizations and governments engages in high-level commitments and action for island conservation and sustainable use. Photo credit: © Daniel & Robbie Wisdom

One of the most interesting things that we have been working on during the last weeks is related to an analysis of data sources and stakeholders in the fishery and marine sciences in terms of legal interoperability – a work taking place in the context of a collaboration with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO). What we are actually contributing to a detailed deliverable for the EGI-Engage project is an analysis of key data stakeholders in the marine and fishery context, along with the major data sources and licensing schemes available (the latter being the most important part of our contribution to the deliverable).… Click to read the full post

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

Working on the AGRERI revamped website

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Last Friday (19/2/2016) we had the pleasure to host a meeting with the team of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AGRERI) in our premises. During the last few months both teams were working extensively on the revamp of the Institute’s official website. AGRERI is a major Greek Research Institute focusing on Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Development, and Entrepreneurship, while it supports farmers’ networks and cooperatives for deploying their Agribusiness Strategy.

Our friends at AGRERI wanted to upgrade their online presence, with a revamped website. Their most important requirement, though, was their strong will to create an online hub for showcasing the results of their research and also provide all interested parties (farmers, advisors, agricultural economists) with rich information from all over the world.… Click to read the full post

Using Big Data – in the food safety sector

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-kennell/why-food-safety-matters_b_7544340.html

Trying to emphasize on the importance of food safety information and data is probably meaningless; we are discussing about data that can be used for saving millions of lives each year so its management and sharing is of highest importance at a global level. And when we are talking about related information aggregated through various sources, we are talking about big data at the service of the food safety sector.

In this context, Agroknow CEO Nikos Manouselis made a trip to Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK in order to participate to an event simply titled “Using Big Data“, organised by the Cranfield University. … Click to read the full post

Seven months of a re-vamped FAO AGRIS service: what’s next?

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One of the major things that happened in Agroknow last year, was the introduction of a brand new service for supporting the data processing workflows of FAO’s AGRIS. Following a strategic partnership that was introduced in September 2014 by the teams of FAO, Agroknow and CAAS working together on the first version of AGINFRA, our team took over the AGRIS Data Processing workflow: this practically means being responsible for all tasks related to the communication with the institutions that wish to make their information discoverable through AGRIS.

In May 2015, we announced the launch of a new online platform that would replace the way that communication and request handling took place by that time: the so-called AKstem service.… Click to read the full post