“It’s the variety, stupid”

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Well, I should have suspected it. But it was good to see more than 40 experts from around the world highlighting and explaining it: the special thing about big data in agriculture is its extreme variety.

This is what you get, if you contrast the four (as IBM suggests) V’s of big data to the data types and sources that are typically used in agricultural, food and environmental research. We are not talking about an extremely large Volume; other domains have much more voluminous data. It is not that they come with a high Velocity, especially compared to other domains.… Click to read the full post

Big Data Europe Workshop in Vienna

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Big Data Europe project logoThe members of the 7 societal challenges of the Big Data Europe Project gathered in Vienna on April 1st, 2015 to communicate their next steps in terms of requirements elicitation and workshops’ planning. Agro-Know in a joint partnership with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is responsible for the societal challenge of “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy” and went to Vienna to present the requirements elicitation methodology and also discuss with other consortium members the next steps of this promising project.

A good meeting starts from the night before!

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