Participating in the 1st AgroHackathon in Montpellier

All of the participants of the 1st AgroHackathon

Two months ago the 1st AgroHackathon caught the eye of the Agroknow team, and of course the initial reaction was: “Agroknow should definitely be a part of such an event organized for the first time, worldwide!”.

Of course we could not go there empty-handed, so we sat down and discussed a lot about possible hack propositions. Being a part of the OpenMintEd project we decided to combine its needs with these of the agricultural community and came up with a proposal that would cover text and data extraction from pdf publications on viticulture research and annotation of the extracted information against known endpoints (more info can be found here, and here).… Click to read the full post

SemaGrow and the business case of Agro-Know

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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

IMMANA funds agriculture for improved nutrition & health: Open access/data requirements

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IMMANA_logoAndTextThe Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) is coordinating a new research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), called Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA).

The aim of IMMANA is “to accelerate the development of a robust scientific evidence base needed to guide changes in global agriculture to feed the world’s population projected to hit nine billion by 2050 in a way that is both healthy and sustainable“. In order to achieve this, IMMANA is working on four different but closely related activities:

1) Develop scientific evidence to inform effective policies and investments in agriculture for improved nutrition and health;

2) Engage with the research community to stimulate development of innovative methodological approaches and novel metrics;

3) Train young researchers in developing and applying cutting-edge methods;

4) Strengthen international interdisciplinary research collaborations for evidence-based policy making and programme design.… Click to read the full post