The Saffron-OMICS workshop as a source of agri-food research data requirements


Saffronomics-Fa1101bSaffron-OMICSOmics Technologies for Crop Improvement, Traceability, Determination of Authenticity, Adulteration and Origin in Saffron is a COST Action  (FA1101) on Food & Agriculture (FA) that aims to:

  • Strengthen the network of collaborative research on the structural organization of Saffron genome, DNA fingerprinting, chemical fingerprinting, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics of this crop and
  • define a common strategy to the final goal of preserving Crocus biodiversity, to carry out genetic improvement and to protect quality, sustainability, and safety of production of saffron in Europe.

Between May 14-15 2015, Saffron-OMICS organized a workshop titled “Advances in molecular and phytochemical fingerprinting for traceability and authenticity of saffron”, hosted by the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece.… Click to read the full post

How do you apply the H2020 Open Access policy in your research proposals & projects?

Horizon 2020 logo

Horizon 2020 logoAgro-Know has a long-time experience in the field of EU-funded research projects in the agri-food sector (but not limited to it), through its active participation and contribution. In this context, we are now trying to understand the difficulties that the agri-food research community faces regarding the acquisition of EU funds through successful proposals (e.g. for Horizon 2020 calls) and the inclusion of a Data Management Plan (DMP), according to the funder’s (European Commission) guidelines and principles.

In Horizon 2020 a limited pilot action on open access to research data will be implemented. Participating projects will be required to develop a Data Management Plan (DMP), in which they will specify what data will be open.

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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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Agro-Know discusses Information & Data Management at the workshop


It all started with an invitation….

About one month ago we received a kind invitation from our, regarding our participation in a training session on Data and Information Management, a domain that Agro-Know knows pretty well and has significant experience in. We were glad to accept the invitation and in the meantime we started planning our participation and contribution to the specific session. Lito Pateraki, our Food Safety Specialist, was the one representing Agro-Know and with contributions from the rest of the Agro-Know team, she started organizing things.


A few words about is a business incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece.… Click to read the full post

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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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

EGI-APARSEN workshop



My latest trip was related to my participation in an EGI-APARSEN Community Workshop focusing “Managing, computing and preserving big data for research”. The workshop was held in the premises of the Science Park of the University of Amsterdam, from the 4th to the 6th of March, 2014. The meeting was a chance to meet and learn about the work of APARSEN in methods and sustainability of managing and archiving data.A number of presentation presented user scenarios from different disciplines such as the European Space Agency regarding earth observation data, seismology and others. During the event the agINFRA project was also presented as aninitiative that provides tools to implement a data managing plan.… Click to read the full post