Agro-Know in GODAN 2015 Workshop & Future Food Hack


GODANGODAN (The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) is an initiative which, as its name states pretty clearly, fosters global actions that create and share agricultural and nutritional open data. From its birth at the Open Government Partnership Summit, on October 2013, GODAN has undertaken the quest of formulating a “high- level” policy on open data. Being a mediator between current agriculture and open data activities, it has become a rally point for stake holders to gather and puzzle out long standing global problems. The realization that the absence of international policies and openness of data diminishes the effectiveness of research and innovation, prompted GODAN to generate a shared agenda with the intention to “increase the supply, quality and interoperability of data”.… Click to read the full post

European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters Workshop

Heading to the Workshop

3 October 2014 – Room 0/S1, BU 25, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, B-1160 Brussels

The trip’s purpose was to deliver a presentation at the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop, describing Agro-Know’s e-Infrastructure collaboration experience from the agINFRA project. More specifically, the presentation served as one of three “Examples of SME uses of research e-infrastructures”. The workshop’s focus was on improving collaboration between SMEs, e-Infrastructures, and Innovation Clusters and was thus organized in three relevant sessions. Below follow some of the main points made.


Heading to the Workshop

Heading to the Workshop


The European Commission encourages/desires a shift from the current “supply-driven” and “service-focused” to a more “user-driven/focused” approach.… Click to read the full post

The agINFRA Spanish Hackathon & MOOC on Data Science in Agriculture


A few months before its end, the agINFRA project is working hard on the exploitation of its outcomes and sharing of the experiences gained during the 3 years of the project. In this context, the University of Alcala (UAH) team as a consortium member and the coordinator of the project have organized two upcoming related events, aiming at the agricultural community:


1. HackGriculture: Joining science and agricultural data

HackGricultureHackGriculture is a hackathon organized in the context of the agINFRA project, in which a maximum of 10 projects will be created and developed, incorporating the use of open agricultural data with different intentions, and which will be facilitated by different tools ans services, and encouraging collaborative approaches.… Click to read the full post

Short report from the RDA Fourth Plenary Meeting


The Fourth Plenary Meeting of RDA took place between 22 – 24 of September 2014 at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, while on the 21st and between 24-26 September a number of related, co-located events also took place. I had the opportunity not only to attend the plenary meeting and satellite events but also to participate in the agINFRA WP leaders meeting, which took place on the 25th of September. You can find the program of the plenary meeting here.

As expected, my participation was focused on the two groups of agricultural interest: the Agricultural Data Interoperability Interest Group & the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group.… Click to read the full post

SMEs using research e-infrastructures

Following up on the article published few days ago on “Data infrastructures in the service of the agricultural community” I wanted to come back to this issue looking this time from a different perspective, the one of an SME using a research e-infrastructure.

I was trigged for this article through Agro-Know’s participation in the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop that actually takes place today (3rd of October, 2014) in Brussels.The workshop aims to “explore the collaboration opportunities between European Innovation clusters and European research e-infrastructure providers to facilitate access to and use of research e-infrastructures by SMEs“.… Click to read the full post

Open AGRIgate: Opening up agricultural data through a challenge


The agINFRA project is a FP7 project that aims todevelop a shared infrastructure and computationally empowered services for agricultural research data that allow for producing and transferring scientific and technological results into effective agricultural practice. A key element will be achieving a higher level of interoperability between agricultural and other data resources“. In simple words, the agINFRA project aims to facilitate access to agricultural data by developing the necessary infrastructure and working on a linked agricultural data framework that will allow not only easier access to agricultural data, but at the same time it will enable their linking and interoperability with related data sources outside the agricultural sector.… Click to read the full post

Takeaways from a meeting with a visionary


In July 2014, I visited Washington DC for a Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) meeting at the World Bank headquarters. I could spend a whole week at the United States so I took the opportunity in order to organise some further meetings in order to explore synergies and collaborations in the context of our SemaGrow project activities. I was trying to understand better the data problems and needs that organisations like the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have, when they are trying to put together large amounts of heterogeneous information in order to help their researchers do their job.… Click to read the full post

Friends of Agro-Know: Dr. Guntram Geser


When I got first involved in the agINFRA project, I kept hearing the name of a man called Guntram Geser. As the project was in its initial steps, a lot of work was done in the context of identification of user requirements and analysis of the existing status in several sections, such as the agricultural data sources – and most (if not all) of this work was prepared and delivered by Guntram Geser. Not only I was curious to meet Dr. Geser (and I actually got the opportunity some months later), but I also used his work as a basis for other related deliverables of the agINFRA project, which had to do with the methodology of the data integration as well as the description of the data sources to be integrated in the agINFRA grid- and cloud- based services and the linked agricultural data infrastructure.… Click to read the full post

Building digital educational repositories for agriculture: The AgLR tool

Organic.Edunet original (old) logo

Organic.Edunet original (old) logo

As I have already mentioned in one of the previous blog posts, I have been working with educational metadata and digital educational repositories since 2009, when I first got involved in EU-funded projects as a member of the AUA (Agricultural University of Athens) team in the context of the Organic.Edunet eContentPlus project. Starting as a domain expert in organic agriculture, then as a metadata expert and a reviewer, I spent countless hours with the Organic.Edunet Confolio tool, the tool we used for the creation of metadata records for digital educational resources for organic agriculture and agroecology, as well as for other green topics.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know, biodiversity and the Bouchout Declaration


Agro-Know has a long-time involvement in the biodiversity area – in various aspects; it all started with the Organic.Edunet Web portal which was launched back in 2010 (and continues until today of course) and contains a number of digital educational resources on biodiversity; biodiversity is only one of the several green topics covered by the portal, which focuses on organic agriculture but also includes educational resources on other green topics like ecology, sustainability, energy, renewable resources etc.




Then, about one year ago and in the context of the agINFRA project, we had the opportunity to be involved in an effort towards the identification of the standards used for the description of germplasm accessions and the development of a linked data framework for this case.… Click to read the full post