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
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.
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
Θέλεις να γίνεις μέλος του startup που φτιάχνει το επόμενο επιτυχημένο application στον αγροδιατροφικό τομέα;
Ο COO της Agroknow Γιάννης Στοΐτσης, ο βασικός άνθρωπος πίσω από τις τεχνολογικές λύσεις της Agroknow και τo πρώτο αγροτικό start up mermix.gr, συντονίζει την ομάδα που δουλέυει αποκλειστικά στην ανάπτυξη μία νέας εφαρμογής για την ασφάλεια τροφίμων. Η Agroknow είναι μια εταιρεία που τα τελευταία 8 χρόνια δουλεύει με διεθνείς οργανισμούς πάνω στα open data για τον αγροτικό τομέα και την ασφάλεια τροφίμων. Μπορείς να δεις όλα αυτά που κάνουμε, εδώ
Αν ήδη δουλεύετε τουλάχιστον 2 χρόνια και νιώθετε ότι είναι η ώρα για να κάνετε το επόμενο σημαντικό επαγγελματικό σας βήμα, αν θέλετε να δουλέψετε σε μια startup και να χρησιμοποιήσετε τεχνολογίες big data, machine learning, natural language processing και front-end, τότε στείλτε μας το βιογραφικό στο email@example.com με θέμα “Foodakai“.… Click to read the full post
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
This year, the largest-ever event for open data in agriculture and nutrition, GODAN Summit will bring together the world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others in New York. The two-day event (15-16 September, 2016) will include various lighting presentations and exhibits that illustrate the opening, sharing, use and importance of the agri-food information.
“Encouraging the openness of data in agriculture and nutrition to end world hunger” is the key message to be addressed at the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit.
During the event, a number of interesting speeches will be made from high-level profile world leaders and innovators who will share their thoughts on how open data can zero the world hunger and the malnutrition in every corner of the globe.… Click to read the full post
We believe that for a data revolution to happen, agriculture and food need a fabric of interoperable and interplaying infrastructure layers. Having such an infrastructure in place, will make data sharing and exchange as natural to us, as it is to use the road or rail infrastructure to move from one country to another. This may become possible by the creation of a common data ecosystem, where diverse stakeholders (from smallholders to multinational conglomerates) will both build and use the infrastructures that will propel the industry forward.
Some months ago, Syngenta (with GODAN’s assistance) commissioned Dean Allemang to write a discussion paper that would try to catalyse consensus around what form a global data ecosystem might take, how it could bring value to key players, what cultural changes might be needed to make it a reality, and finally what technology might be needed to support it.… Click to read the full post
European project makes big data technologies easy to use.
Across 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
As mentioned in an earlier post, the European Commission has launched the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovations (CAPS), platforms that aim to combine data of interest to specific communities, such as social media, distributed knowledge as well as data from real environments (Internet of Things) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. To this context, many CAPS projects are activated in various thematic areas, like CAPSELLA where Agroknow is a part of the project consortium. In this post, we are going to learn more about two other CAPS projects (MAZI, NetCommons) through our interview with Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the nonprofit organization nethood.org.… Click to read the full post
Two months ago the 1st AgroHackathon caught the eye of the Agroknow team, and of course the initial reaction was: “Agroknow should definitely be a part of such an event organized for the first time, worldwide!”.
Of course we could not go there empty-handed, so we sat down and discussed a lot about possible hack propositions. Being a part of the OpenMintEd project we decided to combine its needs with these of the agricultural community and came up with a proposal that would cover text and data extraction from pdf publications on viticulture research and annotation of the extracted information against known endpoints (more info can be found here, and here).… Click to read the full post