We Change

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Τhe time has come. Not any more do we need to split our name in two, so that people may understand that we do agriculture+knowledge. All around the world, more and more find out about the small but mighty Greek superhero team that is doing magic with agricultural information. And they should know us by name: Agroknow. A single word that glues together agriculture with knowledge. A simple change in our name that conveys a powerful message.

We are Agroknow, the company that does the magic to seamlessly connect agriculture with knowledge. The company that is among the leaders of the global movement of open data for agriculture and nutrition.… Click to read the full post

Using competences & skills as the link between job offers and training opportunities

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One of the key aspects of the market is to provide accurate links between the actual needs of the market and the training opportunities available in terms of skills and competences. In an ideal system, businesses will be able to describe their job offerings though a well-defined schema (including skills and competences needed for this position) and at the same time, individuals who want to apply for the specific position will be able to see if they meet the requirements defined by the business or if they need to improve their profile by taking specific courses that address the specific competences and skills of the specific position.… Click to read the full post

Everything about the H2020 Info Week on food security calls

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UPDATE 23/11/2015: Some of the events mentioned below have been cancelled/rescheduled due to the current situation in Brussels. Check the corresponding websites for more information about the status of each event.

On the week 24-27 of November 2015, Brussels will host the info week for the new Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 for Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and maritime inland water research and bio-economy.

Babis, Vassilis and Thodoris will be there to demonstrate the thematic aggregator in agri-food sector (agINFRA), Coordination Action Big Data Europe and the agINFRA Open Access recommendations for all the new proposals.… Click to read the full post

Who we work with: Meet Laura Meggiolaro

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Meggiolaro_LauraWe had the pleasure to meet Laura Meggiolaro back in April 2014, when we both attended the joint CIARD/GODAN Consultation Meeting in Rome. It was there that we were introduced to Land Portal and got to learn more about the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This meeting also provided us with the opportunity to learn more (always through our discussions with Laura) about the work of Land Portal and explore collaboration opportunities – Nikos Manouselis was also there and he quickly identify the potential contributions of Agro-Know in Land Portal.

In the meantime, Agro-Know helped Land Portal with the revamp of its Library Module (you can read more about this work here) and we got to meet Laura again at our offices.… Click to read the full post

We are looking for an UI Designer

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We are currently looking for a UI Designer. He or she will be working with us at our central offices in Athens, Greece with partners as FAO, The World Bank, The International Fund of Agricultural Development. This role will see you leading the visualization of the future solutions of the agricultural information management among with the rest of our great team.  This is your opportunity to share the challenge of designing polished and usable applications for the most important Agricultural Organisations and Communities in the world

5 cool things we learned in October

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October was a busy month, not only for Agro-Know, but also for our colleagues – this was depicted in the number of blog posts that we shared with you; a total of thirteen (13!) posts on what Agro-Know and our friends are doing!

So what were the five coolest things we learned in October?

  1. There are 5 Vs in Big Data, but what matters in agri-food Big Data is the variety.
  2. Food Safety is one of the hottest topics nowadays – and we are keeping our eyes on it. Same goes for IBM and Mars.
  3. The Open Access Week led to a huge number of related activities globally; we had our (small) share in that.
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We are looking for a web developer

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We are facing the challenge of designing polished and usable applications for the most important Agricultural Organisations and Communities in the world.

We are currently looking for a web developer. He or she will be working with us at our central offices in Athens, Greece with partners like FAO, The World Bank, The International Fund of Agricultural Development. This role will see you leading into creating fast, usable, beautiful and responsive applications together with the rest of our great team. This is your chance to transform data problems into intuitive web applications and to collaborate with data experts, back end developers and end users.… Click to read the full post

Everything you need to know about the Open Access Week

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This week (October 19 – 25, 2015) is the Open Access Week, an event that celebrates its 8th year and we have every reason to celebrate, too!

Agro-Know is a long-time Open Access advocate, and this is validated through our work in various instances, such as the management and support of the FAO AGRIS network through our AKstem, in projects such as the FP7 agINFRA and the most recent Horizon 2020 OpenMinTeD, as well as through our contributions to the VOA3R ICT-PSP project under the umbrella of the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) – just to name a few.… Click to read the full post

What happens in Turin stays in Turin? We have a FREME report

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Have you ever used services like Open Calais ? If yes then probably you were amazed by how easy is to automatically extract semantic information directly from the submitted text. If you are not familiar with Open Calais it is a service that extracts events, people, organisations, topics and social tags from unstructured data. I would suggest to try it. A lot of developers and companies are using such services to enrich their content, to improve discovery services, to build recommendations services and to extract analytics from content.

But could such great service work with any open dataset that you have for your domain and not only with a specific and close data?
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Join our Webinar@AIMS: How AKstem supports the AGRIS network

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FreeWebinars@AIMS(1)We are happy to announce, thanks to our dearest colleagues from AIMS team Karna and Thembani, the webinar dedicated to our AKStem service and AGRIS Data processing!

The aim of the webinar is to present the new online service desk powered by the AKstem service that facilitates the submission of AGRIS data provider’s collections to AGRIS, providing an improved interaction with AGRIS data processing unit. Additionally, in this webinar we are presenting the ways and methods that AGRIS data providers can contribute their bibliographic information (metadata) to AGRIS. The webinar is addressing to both new and old AGRIS data providers, as it will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding on the new service and its functionalities.… Click to read the full post