Harvesting open ideas from great minds: Open Harvest 2016

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The time has come again to open our home to the world. To invite good colleagues and friends, but to also welcome new people that we are meeting for the first time. To organise and host a special event, a unique gathering, a meeting of some select great minds, in order to discuss openness and information. Our Open Harvest series of events is kicking off this May in Chania, Crete. It aims to become a very special meeting and collaboration opportunity for people that work on various aspects of open sharing and discovery of information related to agriculture, food and the environment.… Click to read the full post

Big data in Europe calls on Agro-Know


We have been following Big Data Europe since its early stages, learning about the recent advances and trends in big data by prestigious partners like Fraunhofer (yes, the guys that invented MP3). We got more and more involved in this flagship big data initiative for Europe, sharing our understanding of data-related challenges in the agri-food sector, what kind of big data our communities work with, and how cutting edge solutions using big data analytics may be developed to serve their needs.

This is the time to take an important step forward: and beautiful Paris is the place where this will happen.… Click to read the full post

So, what is big data again?


One of the hottest topics around nowadays is big data; everyone seems to talk about the huge amounts of data (Volume) produced from various sources and types and formats of data (both structured and unstructured) (Variety) and through a fast pace at which data flows in from sources like business processes, machines, networks and human interaction with things like social media sites, mobile devices, etc. (Velocity). These are the Three V’s of Big Data; the fourth being the Veracity, which refers to the biases, noise and abnormality in data.


Source: http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/infographic/four-vs-big-data

Let us remind you that if you want a quick and dirty introduction on the basics of big data, you can check out the first three of the series of posts in our blog from our guest author Mohammed Zuhair Al Taie:

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agINFRA: the successful end of a project & the vision for an EU agri-food research hub


agINFRA_logoFollowing the successful path of our previous ICT-PSP projects Natural Europe and Organic.Lingua, our flagship agINFRA project received excellent remarks during its final review meeting for its overall outcomes and is now successfully over with a green card – that’s three-in-a-row! The consolidated report, sent by the Project Officer Darko Karacic and circulated among the consortium by the project’s coordinator Prof. Miguel-Angel Sicilia was received a couple of days ago and put a smile to our faces 🙂

Indeed, by February 2015, the agINFRA project came to its end. The project, which started in October 2011, was a 3-year research project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 Programme).… Click to read the full post

SemaGrow and the business case of Agro-Know


SemaGrowSemaGrow is a European three-years FP7 project with the objective to discover possibilities to handle big data in agriculture. The SemaGrow consortium seeks to develop techniques for distributed Web queries, data and metadata mapping as well as methodologies for scaling up to extremely large data volumes and real time performances. The project outcomes will help innovative SMEs like Agro-Know and other organizations consuming (e.g. organizing, processing, visualizing) agricultural data to have better access to a very large volume of data and develop sustainable services and tools using this data to offer them to the community. This will improve decision making of agricultural researchers, information officers, researchers and educators by providing them access to timely and accurate information/data.… 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

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

Opening up data for agriculture and nutrition: The GODAN initiative


agINFRA_logo_newOne of the hottest topics during the last years have been Open Data. Open Data is a powerful tool for long-term sustainable development by improving the economic opportunities for farmers and the health of all consumers. There have been and still there are are numerous efforts in several sectors, which aim to open up existing data and ensure that future data will be published in an open and interoperable way.

There are several cases for the agricultural sector as well and the one that comes to my mind right now are the agINFRA and SemaGrow projects; the former aims to design the grid- and cloud-based infrastructure for facilitating the management and access to agricultural data of various types, as well as propose a linked open agricultural data framework for the publication of agricultural data as linked data (including data types such as bibliographic, educational, germplasm, soil data, etc.).… Click to read the full post

Open Ag Data Alliance: Bringing interoperability, security and privacy to agricultural data


OADAOne of the most interesting initiatives that we came across recently was the Open Ag Data Alliance, an open project designed to bring interoperability, security, and privacy to agricultural data. OADA aims to define the context of the use of agricultural data produced by farmers and support the interoperability of each data source involved through the development of APIs and use of open source software, while making use of cloud services. Of course we could not but making the connection with the agINFRA project that we are actively involved in, which is also follows a similar approach. In our effort to identify some common ground for collaboration between the two projects as well as our curiosity to learn more about OADA, we contacted the team behind OADA and invited them to provide us with their feedback to our questions.… Click to read the full post

Short interview with Kerry Albright


Some months ago, I was closely following all activities related to the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture; in fact most of the AK team was excited to see the Conference’s activities and outcomes real-time – not only because two of our EU projects (agINFRA and SemaGrow) were mentioned as some of the most important ones and related to the scope of the Conference but because these were at the heart of what the AK team is actually doing. It was some time after that, when  I was introduced to Kerry Albright after my colleague Nikos Manouselis involved me in a GODAN-related series of emails.… Click to read the full post