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

Everything about the H2020 Info Week on food security calls

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UPDATE 23/11/2015: Some of the events mentioned below have been cancelled/rescheduled due to the current situation in Brussels. Check the corresponding websites for more information about the status of each event.

On the week 24-27 of November 2015, Brussels will host the info week for the new Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and maritime inland water research and bio-economy.

Babis, Vassilis and Thodoris will be there to demonstrate the thematic aggregator in agri-food sector (agINFRA), Coordination Action Big Data Europe and the agINFRA Open Access recommendations for all the new proposals.… 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

Food Safety Information Leaders Come Together

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At the District of Columbia (D.C.) lies the capital of the United States of America, the beautiful Washington D.C. And it is there, at the World Bank Group headquarters, where a number of great minds will meet on October 14th, to decide on the next steps for developing an information sharing infrastructure that can help the world scale up food safety capacity building activities.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

As part of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), the international public-private network that the World Bank facilitates, the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (WG) will come together once more to plan ahead on the way that the various components and services of this information infrastructure should be implemented.… Click to read the full post

Organic-AgriWare at the SAF2 Pitch & Demo event

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SmartAgriFoodAgro-Know is one of the just 50 top European ICT SMEs and web entrepreneurs that were selected by SmartAgriFood (SAF) to develop smart applications and services for agriculture using FIWARE technologies following a European wide call that resulted in over 150 applications. The outcome of this collaboration is Organic-AgriWare: a FIspace-powered web application (click here to access it) that aims at serving stakeholders in organic agriculture by providing them with quality information on topics of interest to them in a user-friendly format. The app is developed with the precious contributions from ICROFS and SEGES from Denmark.

These 50 SmartAgriFood beneficiaries will have the opportunity to present their work during the SAF2 Pitch & Demo event that will take place in The Hague between 16 & 17 of September – this means tomorrow and the day after!… Click to read the full post

What happens in Turin stays in Turin? We have a FREME report

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Have you ever used services like Open Calais ? If yes then probably you were amazed by how easy is to automatically extract semantic information directly from the submitted text. If you are not familiar with Open Calais it is a service that extracts events, people, organisations, topics and social tags from unstructured data. I would suggest to try it. A lot of developers and companies are using such services to enrich their content, to improve discovery services, to build recommendations services and to extract analytics from content.

But could such great service work with any open dataset that you have for your domain and not only with a specific and close data?
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Join our Webinar@AIMS: How AKstem supports the AGRIS network

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)We are happy to announce, thanks to our dearest colleagues from AIMS team Karna and Thembani, the webinar dedicated to our AKStem service and AGRIS Data processing!

The aim of the webinar is to present the new online service desk powered by the AKstem service that facilitates the submission of AGRIS data provider’s collections to AGRIS, providing an improved interaction with AGRIS data processing unit. Additionally, in this webinar we are presenting the ways and methods that AGRIS data providers can contribute their bibliographic information (metadata) to AGRIS. The webinar is addressing to both new and old AGRIS data providers, as it will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding on the new service and its functionalities.… Click to read the full post

We have our privileged 5 beta testers of our new AKstem service!

Be careful. Beta testers ahead. Playing with their new AKstem-powered micro-sites (http://blog.agroknow.com/?p=3936).

The time has come to announce our 5 micro-sites beta testers!

In first place we would like to thank all the AGRIS Centers that participated in the context and warmly embraced our new service! It has been really difficult to choose between all of these great contestants, but unfortunately only five institutions could be our beta testers.

In order to select fairly our beta testers, we decided to set two main criteria: a) metadata completeness and b) the geographical distribution. Regarding the first one, we tried to select those collections that provide rich bibliographic information with high quality metadata. At the same time, we aimed at a variety of geographical coverage; therefore, we have beta testers from different regions around the world!… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know got funded for Foodakai: an intelligent app to harmonise access to food safety information

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One of the good news of this summer was that Agro-Know, together with EPI Interactive, have been selected for funding from the European Commission in order to develop further the concept of Foodakai: an intelligent online application that aims to help consumers and small food businesses get better and more quickly informed about emerging food risks and relevant food alerts in their area.

Food safety is one of the hottest topics these days; food has become more complex than ever with the addition of ingredients for coloring, flavor, preservation etc.… Click to read the full post

Organic-AgriWare …. Organic-AgriWhat ???

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Organic-AgriWare is our new “FIWARE funded” web application that aims to help farmers, advisors and researchers to easily discover information related to organic agriculture with a very simple and user-friendly interface. The search results are retrieved by simply tapping into icons that represent categorized content or by querying through the simple search box that comes along with facets (terms, dates, persons etc.). Do you want more ?

In addition, a user can have location-aware document recommendations on organic agriculture.

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But what, a simple pretty interface? Now is the part that I like the most. All the “under the hood” implementation is based on the FIWARE cloud technologies.… Click to read the full post