- which are the most useful and critical data from public sector that should be opened
- which are the main barriers for the dissemination and exploitation of open data by citizens and stakeholders from public and private sector
- which should be the legal framework for opening the data
Agro-Know was invited at an early stage to the working group to lead the development of the showcases for the agriculture and food sector. Based on the several activities related to open data that our team is working on we proposed a number of potential showcases focused on food safety, assets management and decision making in the agricultural food sector. In the first meeting of working group we presented potential showcases and on the second meeting we focused on real cases from the agricultural domain taking advantage of the existing collaborations that our team has.
After proposing and discussing the several showcases we decided to focus first on the case of the Agricultural Cooperative Stevia Hellas, a new cooperative that was set up two years ago at the region of Central Greece. The main idea behind this showcase is to open the data about the availability of agricultural machinery in order to enhance the collaboration of a community of farmers. By talking to farmers we identified that one of the main problems that they are facing is the sharing of new and specialised machinery. Although such machinery can be owned by some growers in the area this information is not always available in an easy and accessible way and this greatly prohibits the sharing of the machinery. The prototype that was developed with the help of our colleagues in Stevia Hellas Coop can be found here along with an infographic that shows the results of sharing a seeding machine.
The specific showcase and its results showed that cataloguing all the machinery and making this information available online can be very beneficial for a community of farmers. The main benefits for the community are
- take advantage of new expensive specialised agricultural equipment that a single farmer is not always capable of acquiring
- save human resources and money by sharing the equipment. Saved resources can be used to improve other cultivation steps