From global challenges to local ones: linking communities around the world


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

Agroknow visits Canada to talk about big data in farms


One of the fun things we did during our visit to Ontario this September was our meeting with Canada’s first NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges: Dr. Mike Duncan. With a specialization in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies, the five-year mission of Mike as a NSERC Chair was to develop data-powered solutions for provincial and national farming communities.

Mike, Gregor MacLean and the Agriculture & Environment Innovation Center team at the Niagara College are focused on developing new ways to gather, process and disseminate the massive amounts of data gathered each day from Ontario farms, including the use of an experimental unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and field sensors.

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Digital cultural heritage: a resource for research in the humanities – and beyond?

A sunny summer day and a magnificent view from the Edinburgh Castle

You may have heard about Europeana, one of the largest endeavours around the world (as is the Digital Public Library of America) to make the rich and diverse cultural heritage of European countries available online. Working for more than 6 years with this goal (from the times of the European Digital Library Network project), the Europeana Foundation (hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands at the Hague) has managed to work with a very large network of museums, libraries and archives around Europe to make almost 40 million digital cultural artifacts discoverable and accessible through the portal.… Click to read the full post

Insight: Multilingual Digital Single Market at Riga Summit 2015

Ready to begin

The Riga Summit took place in Riga, Latvia from April 27-29, 2015, and gathered more than 350 participants from all parts of the world, representatives of various fields – businesses, the European parliament, Latvian parliament, technology providers, linguists and researchers.

Ready to begin

Ready to begin

The central theme of the Summit was Multilingual Digital Single Market and its multilingual challenge.

In European Union are spoken 24 official languages, and many more dialects and minority languages (for instance Russian language not being official EU language is spoken by more than 5 million people residing in EU as native language and by many more as second language, which makes it the 7th in the list of the most widely spoken languages in EU).… Click to read the full post

Openness and e-infrastructures for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


On May 13th 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Unit of the European Commission responsible for e-infrastructures, organised a workshop on the way European e-infrastructures may support the activities of EFSA. The meeting followed up a series of initial discussions and brainstorming between EFSA and various EC Units on how data-related activities and open policies may be aligned so that synergies may be found. It also came at an important turning point for EFSA that is working on becoming an open science organisation: the Open EFSA initiative has already made available a position paper for public consultation; it has organised a workshop with its key stakeholders; and it has a preliminary implementation plan in place.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know city trip guides: Bucharest

Location of Bucharest. Source:

Since this week is a week for summer vacations for many, it was a nice opportunity to publish something light and easy to digest…so following up on the previous blog post that introduced the Agro-Know city trip guides series, I am making the start with information about my recent trip to Bucharest, Romania, which took place in the context of the Herbal.Mednet 4th project meeting.

Where: Bucharest, Romania

When: 4-6/6/2014

At the airport: The airport is about 30 mins out of the city of Bucharest. It is relatively new and small but convenient. You get get access to free wifi with no codes/vouchers etc., which is handy when you have some time to kill on your way back home.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know city trip guides: Introduction to the series


Well, it has been an old idea circulating within the Agro-Know team: to use our experience from travelling frequently and create short guides for the cities that we visit. We tend to travel a lot as a team, in the context of the projects that we participate in as well as other events and for each trip, each one of us collects information regarding his/her trip that could be easily shared with others. These guides should be as simple as possible and include only basic, practical information, such as:

– What are the options for getting to the city from the airport?… Click to read the full post

Hack4Med – A hackathon to remember!


From Friday the 16th of May, till Saturday the 17th, the Agro-Know team had the priviledge to be a part of the Hack4Med hackathon organized in the context of the HOMER project, in Heraklion, Crete! Agro-Know supported the hackathon, offering its expertise in the organization and facilitation of the event, as well as its experience from previous hackathons.

The event kicked off with a set of inspiring speeches from our invited speakers from various agencies and unions in the wider area of Crete. We listened carefully to their needs related to the use of open data in public administration, in tourism, agriculture, energy and the environment.… Click to read the full post

Building European Success Stories for Rising Greek Startups

On Thursday, 22/5, Agro-Know attended the event “Building European Success Stories for Rising Greek Startups”! This was an event that was co-organized by Metavallon and EIT ICT Labs, aiming to give to a group of Greek Startups the opportunity to pitch their efforts in front of a Greek and international team of experts, and to apply for a dynamic startup training session in Europe. The session started with a presentation of the work carried out by EIT ICT Labs, by Roberto Saracco. One message that I kept from Mr Saracco’s talk was that Europe is more about creating research and theory, instead of generating money and creating products for the market.… Click to read the full post

EGI-APARSEN workshop



My latest trip was related to my participation in an EGI-APARSEN Community Workshop focusing “Managing, computing and preserving big data for research”. The workshop was held in the premises of the Science Park of the University of Amsterdam, from the 4th to the 6th of March, 2014. The meeting was a chance to meet and learn about the work of APARSEN in methods and sustainability of managing and archiving data.A number of presentation presented user scenarios from different disciplines such as the European Space Agency regarding earth observation data, seismology and others. During the event the agINFRA project was also presented as aninitiative that provides tools to implement a data managing plan.… Click to read the full post