Open Source Agriculture? Meet the OpenAg Initiative!

OpenAg_MIT_lab

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

The GODAN Discussion Paper is now available

GODAN Discussion Paper

GODAN Discussion PaperThe Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative has published a Discussion Paper titled “How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?”

The Discussion Paper provides basic information on open data and the impact that open data have in different contexts, such as enabling more informed and effective decision making, creating innovation and promoting transparency that transforms the way organisations work for the better.

The Discussion Paper includes a number of use cases in which the use of open agri-food data has made an impact and improved the lives of million and aims to provide the mean for engaging agriculture and nutrition data-powered communities in discussions that will facilitate the sharing of data between data producers and consumers.… Click to read the full post