EGI Conference 2015: An opportunity for facilitating infrastructure in the agri-food research context


EGI_Conference_2015_posterThe 2015 EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) Conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, between May 18-22, 2015. The Conference a business track covering a variety of topics, including agriculture. In this context, during the last two days of the Conference, dedicated sessions (including both presentations and interactive sessions/discussions) on supporting SMEs and the full innovation chain between business and academia through the EGI outcomes and infrastructure. The aim of these sessions were to present use cases from various sectors, highlighting how open data and technical services can be used for creating opportunities for a wide variety of stakeholders (including SMEs like Agro-Know). You can find the full program of the Conference here.

EGI_logoAgro-Know is a consortium member of the EGI-Engage project: “Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons”, that aims to “accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities“. In the context of this project, Agro-Know aims to:

  • Analyse the agri-food research sector in EU and beyond;
  • Define personas and scenarios in the agri-food sector;
  • Provide the links with the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) accelerator project and other related ones;
  • Gather the requirements of domain-specific stakeholders that will identify the opportunities for EGI to serve the specific communities as well as the communication channels to formalise the process and procedures in place.

The business track of the Conference consisted of five (5) sessions that aimed to bring together a variety of stakeholders, such as business, academia and policy makers together in order to explore opportunities for further collaboration:

  • High-level European initiatives supporting SMEs and innovation;
  • Examples of industry as consumers and providers;
  • Market analysis in specific sectors including specific use cases’
  • Open data and open services: large-scale research collaborations and industrial partnerships;
  • Open discussion & summary of the track

Our Project Management Director Nikos Marianos participated in the Market analysis session, where he presented a market analysis on the agricultural sector. More specifically, Nikos presented agINFRA, the European hub for agri-food research and the agri-food domain-specific node for OpenAIRE, Big Data Europe and FIWARE. What Agro-Know aims to bring to the EGI-Engage project is the requirements that will allow EGI to support agri-food research stakeholders by covering their needs and meeting their requirements in terms of infrastructure and related services.

You can find more information about the Conference in the EGI blog post.

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