Food security is one of the hottest topics nowadays; with a constantly growing population that is expected to reach (and even exceed) 9 billion by 2020, and the traditional food production systems reaching their limits, new, innovative ways need to be followed in order to ensure that there will be enough food for everyone in the upcoming years. What is strange is that at the same time, huge amounts of food are going to waste on a daily basis; in EU alone, more than 100 million tones of food are going to waste annually.
Intensive and industrial agriculture exhibit higher yields of cultivated crops but the price is high: The (increasingly high) use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers, among other chemicals, has its toll on the ecosystems, flora and fauna at a small and larger scale.… Click to read the full post
The use of keywords is crucial for the description, organization, indexing, retrieval and sharing of research in every scientific field and agriculture is not excluded. However, manual annotation of research outcomes is time-consuming and error-prone so automatic methods for metadata annotation are always explored. AgroTagger is one of the tools facilitating the work of information and knowledge managers (among others) in the agri-food sector, by applying text-mining on top of agri-food research outcomes.
AgroTagger is a keyword extractor that uses a subset of the AGROVOC thesaurus (about 2,5K concepts out of the total >40K concepts of AGROVOC) as a set of allowable keywords, used for indexing information resources.… Click to read the full post
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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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:
- Scholarly Communication
- Agriculture / Biodiversity
- Life Sciences
- 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
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
On November 5th 2015, I had the opportunity -not to mention the pleasure- to follow my very first open data related seminar entitled “Open Data in a Day for Business”, organized by the ODI Athens node, at the premises of Epinoo.
Working for over a year now at Agroknow, I have had an overall idea of what Open Data is all about, but this seminar seemed like the perfect opportunity to go deeper in this emerging topic. Although the audience consisted of totally different disciplines (including banking sector, public sector, freelancers and many more), there was a common ground: our need to know the “whats”, the “whys” and the “hows” of Open Data.… Click to read the full post
On November 13th, 2015, a community workshop on the Open Science Cloud titled “Shaping the Open Science Cloud of the Future” took place in Bari, Italy, as a part of the EGI Community Forum 2015. Agro-Know was invited as a data-powered SME in order to contribute its experience on the data- and e-infra-related needs of the agri-food research community – other communities were represented as well, including bioinformatics, cancer research and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), among others.
This provided us with excellent opportunity to present how three different user types could benefit from the envisaged Ope Science Cloud – based on our actual experience in all three cases:
Back to the 90’s and the available data storage solutions
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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 (EUDAT, LIBER, OpenAIRE, EGI 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
Το ODI Summit με τίτλο “Celebrating Generation Open” πραγματοποιείται σήμερα, 3/11/2015 στο Λονδίνο – και προφανώς διοργανώνεται από το Open Data Institute. Αν με ρωτήσετε (εμένα και πολλούς άλλους), πρόκειται για τη μεγαλύτερη εκδήλωση σχετική με ανοικτά δεδομένα της χρονιάς. Παγκοσμίως. Η εκδήλωση αυτή δίνει την ευκαιρία σε διάφορους συμμετέχοντες να συναντηθούν, να ανταλλάξουν απόψεις και να μοιραστούν τις εμπειρίες τους, πάντα σχετικά με τα ανοικτά δεδομένα.
Η Agro-Know είναι εκεί, με τον CEO μας Νίκο Μανουσέλη, ο οποίος ήταν ενθουσιασμένος με το αντίστοιχο event πέρυσι. Από τότε μέχρι σήμερα, είχαμε την ευκαιρία να μάθουμε καλύτερα την εξαιρετική δουλειά που κάνει το ODI – ακόμη και να δουλέψουμε μαζί τους επάνω στο GODAN Discussion Paper (δείτε επίσης εδώ).… Click to read the full post
It must have been more than ten years since I did my MSc and PhD in Agricultural Biotechnology; both of them focused on the study of effects of artificial and controlled sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus deprivation on corn plants grown hydroponically. I was also using a controlled plant growth chamber that allowed me to control environmental aspects like temperature, light and humidity – big enough to fit hundreds of plants and 4-5 people. Since my work involved the use of antibodies and the analysis of proteins, RNA & DNA, I was constantly wearing my clean, white lab coat, like the one that the guys and girls in the following picture wear.… Click to read the full post