Join our Webinar@AIMS: How much data is enough in Precision Agriculture?

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)Agroknow and the AIMS team are pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming webinar “How much data is enough in Precision Agriculture?”, in the context of H2020 BigDataEurope project.

The aim of the webinar is to present the most exciting areas of applied research of the Niagara College (NC) Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre team and learn more about the tools, data analysis work, partnership, collaboration and opportunities.

Dr. Mike Duncan (Industrial Research Chair), Sarah Lepp (Senior Research Associate) and Gregor MacLean (Research Project Manager) will give presentations covering the following topics:

  • Vineyard and Orchard Precision Agriculture
  • Field Topography Analysis and Yield Trends
  • Crop Yield Data Management and Analysis
  • Dynamic Crop Tracking System

So, keep a slot at your calendars on the following date:

10 May 2017  – 15:00 CET / 16:00 CEST (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference between time in your location and CET/CEST time)

How to join

The session is open to everyone.… Click to read the full post

Crete, London, Sofia: from data-powered ideas to a data ecosystem revolution

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From Crete, to London, to Sofia. I feel that during the past 30 days, some tectonic movements took place in our area of work. Our Open Harvest came first, assembling and connecting 30 handpicked experts from around the world. Offering them an oportunity and an environment to talk about enhancing collaboration, identifying elements of a common agenda, and sending a message to the rest of the world that the people that work on topics related to agriculture and food data management and sharing want to collaborate more. The experience was fulfilling, the outcome has been amazing: the Chania Declaration calls for stronger connections, more sharing, better alignment of the public and private sector.
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Webinar@AIMS: OKAD & F1000Research – A very different Approach to Publishing Agricultural Research

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OKAD_F1000_ResearchOn 28th of June 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to learn more about open publishing of agricultural knowledge and  research.

This webinar will cover how the novel approaches taken by the publication venue Open Knowledge in Agricultural Development (OKAD) and the publishing platform it is hosted on, F1000Research, are addressing these issues. OKAD publishes academic articles, posters and slide presentations involving open knowledge projects within all areas of agriculture, nutrition and agro-biodiversity.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thomas Ingraham, Publishing Editor at F1000Research.

For more information regarding how to join and the required system specifications, please visit http://aims.fao.org/node/119009.… Click to read the full post

Building the new web site of GODAN

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As part of our #wesupport activities, Agroknow team worked on a very exciting project during the last three months: the development of the new web site http://www.godan.info/ for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). The new web site goes beyond a mere communication site. It constitutes an information gateway for this very important initiative and at the same time it is a tool that facilitates the collection and management of the information about GODAN partners.
The new web site targets organisations and individuals that are interested in news, resources, datasets and events that are relevant to Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. … Click to read the full post

Webinar@AIMS: Using AGRIS as a portal of choice to access agricultural research and technology information

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On 28th of April 2016, the AIMS team will be hosting a webinar aimed at anyone who needs to access information on agricultural  research and technology.

This Webinar@AIMS will present the AGRIS international initiative and partnership in the usage of AGRIS bibliographic data as a gateway to enable researchers and policy makers to retrieve agricultural and scientific information. The end-user based webinar will explain the basic fundamentals of AGRIS, overview the AGRIS interface, and how users can initiate their searches using both the simple and advanced search functionalities.

The webinar’s presenter will be Thembani Malapela, UN FAO’s Knowledge and Information Management Officer.… Click to read the full post

How can we use data for improving food production?

Source: http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/fao-oecd-food-security-key-to-g-20-growth-goals

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

Working on the AGRERI revamped website

Happy to receive a visit from the AGRERI team!

Last Friday (19/2/2016) we had the pleasure to host a meeting with the team of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AGRERI) in our premises. During the last few months both teams were working extensively on the revamp of the Institute’s official website. AGRERI is a major Greek Research Institute focusing on Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Development, and Entrepreneurship, while it supports farmers’ networks and cooperatives for deploying their Agribusiness Strategy.

Our friends at AGRERI wanted to upgrade their online presence, with a revamped website. Their most important requirement, though, was their strong will to create an online hub for showcasing the results of their research and also provide all interested parties (farmers, advisors, agricultural economists) with rich information from all over the world.… Click to read the full post

Webinar: A Big Data platform for the future

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BigDataEurope is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, aiming to facilitate European companies in building innovative multilingual products, applications and services based on semantically interoperable, large-scale, multi-lingual data assets and knowledge, available under a variety of licenses and business models. The project aims to provide a generic approach meeting a wide variety of needs, and in this context it encompasses all seven (7) societal challenges defined by the European Commission. Agroknow is a consortium member of the BigDataEurope project, representing the agri-food community in the Societal Challenge 2.

The BigDataEurope project is organizing a webinar titled “A Big Data platform for the future: Technical insights into the BDE Project“.… Click to read the full post

Working on text mining – this is what we do

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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:

  1. Scholarly Communication
  2. Agriculture / Biodiversity
  3. Life Sciences
  4. 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

Here is a BigDataEurope Webinar- Ready to join?

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One of the components of Agroknow’s work in the context of the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project is to identify and promote big data initiatives and existing work in the agri-food sector and at a global level and see how these could be mapped to the technical work that the project will design and deploy at a later stage. At the same time, existing efforts, work and outcomes are studied and good practices are identified, in order to be adapted and adopted in different cases. In this context, we were happy to see some month ago CGIAR, a global network of fifteen (15) agricultural research centers all over the world, show activity towards the exploitation of big data for addressing food security.… Click to read the full post