We have our privileged 5 beta testers of our new AKstem service!

Be careful. Beta testers ahead. Playing with their new AKstem-powered micro-sites (http://blog.agroknow.com/?p=3936).

The time has come to announce our 5 micro-sites beta testers!

In first place we would like to thank all the AGRIS Centers that participated in the context and warmly embraced our new service! It has been really difficult to choose between all of these great contestants, but unfortunately only five institutions could be our beta testers.

In order to select fairly our beta testers, we decided to set two main criteria: a) metadata completeness and b) the geographical distribution. Regarding the first one, we tried to select those collections that provide rich bibliographic information with high quality metadata. At the same time, we aimed at a variety of geographical coverage; therefore, we have beta testers from different regions around the world!… Click to read the full post

WE Are The Greeks

Let's have fun

In this company, we always aimed at having a multi-cultural and multi-national team, to embrace and understand and appreciate diversity. During the years, our team has included people from Romania, Latvia, Belgium, UK, USA and other countries. Many of us are also a little bit Polish, Canadian or Russian. Some dream of independent states within their countries – like Transylvania and Crete. But overall, regàrdless of whether we are physically located in Athens, Leuven or other parts of the world, today We Are The Greeks.

We are the Greeks that enjoy doing the dirty job and work hard until the job gets done.… Click to read the full post

My week at the ODI Train the Trainer course




So this is a visualization of my week at the Train The Trainer course of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Let me explain this visualization to you by describing all the days of this very interesting week.

On Monday we arrived at the offices of the ODI, with an excellent mood (smiley face on the diagram)  and very eager to start the course. By the way ODI premises is a really cool place with a lot of special things like dashboards with live data on the walls and the vending machine that releases packs of chips every time that a news item related to recession is recognised in the BBC news feed.… Click to read the full post

Call to Action: How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?

GODAN Discussion Paper

GODAN Discussion PaperWhile the GODAN Discussion Paper was presented during the International Open Data Conference 2015 (IODC15) , GODAN made a call for contributions on the theme of the Paper: “How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?“.

The point is simple: What has been depicted in the report was the status of open data in agriculture and nutrition at a specific time, as seen by a limited number of people (the GODAN Secretariat, the ODI team and some more people, among others): Due to the tight deadline, it was not possible to contact as many people as we would like and to have their opinions expressed in the report; on top of that, there was a clear limitation in the total size of the report (regarding the number of pages), as a typical, long report would not be as usable and efficient as we would like it to be – and we wanted the report to be easy to use!… Click to read the full post

Can Hidden Hunger be visualized? A Vizathon aims to provide the answer!


On Saturday, May 30th 2015, three important organizations will joins forces in order to organize a Vizathon to bring together a variety of professionals to find better ways of using data to tell the story of Hidden Hunger (an issue affecting more than 2 billion people, according to IFPRI).

These organizations are:

  1. The Bread for the World Institute,  an institute that educates opinion leaders, policy makers, and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad. It is also the driving force behind the 2015 Hunger Report (the website is lovely and full of useful information – you have to check it out!)
  2. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers, that seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty through research programs, partnerships and the production of high quality research that can shape policies, investments and programs, contributing to a productive, sustainable and resilient agricultural and food system.
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Revamping the GFAR Website: The contribution of Agro-Know

GFAR banner

GFAR logoIt was November of the previous year when Agro-Know responded to GFAR’s call on revamping the global forum’s website. Since then, a new collaboration started after Agro-Know was awarded a contract with GFAR for this purpose so our company deployed its consultation services in order for GFAR to rebuild the architecture of its main communicational tool. In this direction, we have been working on the reshaping of the information gateway by suggesting readjustments to the repositories, which will enhance the exploitation – exploration of the data by the users and therefore elevate their use at its full potential.

In order to achieve the above and decide what needs to be changed, as a first step we analyzed the existing website by highlighting its strong and weak points.… Click to read the full post

Press Release: “Big Data Europe” to empower communities with data technologies

Big Data Europe project logo

New European project develops a platform to facilitate big data usage

Big Data Europe project logoThe growing digitization and networking process within our society has a large influence on all aspects of everyday life. Large amounts of data are being produced permanently, and when they are analyzed and interlinked they have the potential to create new knowledge and intelligent solutions for both the economy and society as a whole. To facilitate the use of Big Data technologies, the European Union funds an interdisciplinary research and innovation project called “BigDataEurope”. A European consortium, led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, is developing a platform that will simplify the creation and access to Big Data applications and their integration into existing workflows.Click to read the full post

Working on a data-powered product for the agri-food sector


As you may have already noticed, we are currently working on a data-powered product for the agri-food sector. Indeed, a number of people from the Agro-Know team have joined forces and are in the process of defining the specs and a first draft of a web-based solution that will allow users to better manage and disseminate their agri-food data. To be more precise, what we are currently working on is an all-in-one solution that will allow people working with open agri-food data to:

  • request (and actually receive!) consultation on opening up their data based on any open data management policy.
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Will you be the godfather of our new agri-food data-powered solution?


This is a different blog post and I am going to skip my usual long introductions to the subject and lengthy analyses: We have an idea and we need your help!

What we have (so far)

We are in the process of designing a data-powered solution, based on our Data Framework. What we have currently working on is a tool that will help users to (almost automatically) get help on specific topics or have data-rich microsites built for them, including the following (but not limited to them):

  • Ask for consultancy on the implementation of a given Open Access Policy (and the design of an Open Access Implementation Plan;
  • Automatic creation of a research microsite;
  • Management of multiple microsites through a single administration panel;
  • Addition of relevant resources (from specified data sources) in an existing website.
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Ήρθε η ώρα για μια αλλαγή. Μια μικρή, μεγάλη αλλαγή. Να σταματήσουμε να χωρίζουμε το όνομά μας στα δυο, για να είναι ξεκάθαρο και κατανοητό ότι αυτή η εταιρεία παντρεύει την αγροτική παραγωγή με τη γνώση – agriculture+knowledge. Σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, μεγάλοι φορείς που ασχολούνται με θέματα αγροτικής παραγωγής, γεωπονίας και τροφίμων μαθαίνουν για την ελληνική εταιρεία που κάνει μαγικά με την πληροφορία. Και θα πρέπει να μας ξέρουν με το όνομά μας: Agroknow. Μια λέξη, ολόκληρη, με συνοχή, που θα δείχνει τον ισχυρό και αδιατάρακτο δεσμό μεταξύ της αγροτικής παραγωγής και της γνώσης.

Είμαστε η Agroknow.… Click to read the full post