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

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

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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

European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food

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How do European officials working on agriculture and food topics deal with the emerging data revolution in the sector? How can they be aware of the recent developments in a way that may inform their thinking? And how can they respond to the community needs by appropriately shaping the policy programs and support instruments?

This was the topic of a meeting that took place in Brussels on September 30th, 2016. The meeting was organised by the Big Data Europe project, in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Agroknow, being the Big Data Europe partners responsible for the food and agriculture sector, worked together with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in order to invite to the meeting representatives from the European Commission (EC) DGs and a select group of community stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Agroknow visits Canada to talk about big data in farms

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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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Data Science in Agriculture Summit

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a federal agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is convening a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government wide-efforts and investments in Big Data. Save the date for an opportunity to help shape the agenda driving innovation in the agricultural enterprise. You can join the event via livestream as leaders in agriculture and data science fields converge to synthesize the future of data-driven agriculture. usda-nifa-foundational-grants

This October 10, 2016 event entitled “Data Summit: Changing the Face, Place, and Space of Agriculture” will include an address from NIFA Director Dr.… Click to read the full post

Can Europe lead a data revolution in agriculture and food?

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Let’s take a step to the near future.

A shared global data space for agriculture and food will propel the industry forward. Information will become available to all actors producing innovation. Analytical and decision making tools can incorporate a greater abundance of data sources. A digital economy may arise with online services and applications that use machine readable, interoperable and often publicly shared data. The necessary infrastructure components, including the technology, people, policy and business ones, may seamlessly integrate and work together.

 We believe that Europe is strategically positioned to lead such a transformation of the agriculture and food industry.Click to read the full post

Press Release: “Big Data Europe” addresses societal challenges with data technologies

Source: http://www.open-evidence.com/farmers-meet-big-data-how-data-driven-technologies-can-serve-a-traditional-sector-like-agriculture-27th-april-at-1500-cest/

European project makes big data technologies easy to use.

Big Data Europe project logoAcross 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

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

Harvesting open ideas from great minds: Open Harvest 2016

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The time has come again to open our home to the world. To invite good colleagues and friends, but to also welcome new people that we are meeting for the first time. To organise and host a special event, a unique gathering, a meeting of some select great minds, in order to discuss openness and information. Our Open Harvest series of events is kicking off this May in Chania, Crete. It aims to become a very special meeting and collaboration opportunity for people that work on various aspects of open sharing and discovery of information related to agriculture, food and the environment.… Click to read the full post