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

Towards a data-powered world: should we expect the agri-food sector to change?

Guess who else was interested in the G-8 event...

There has been quite a discussion during the past few months on the way that the big data trend and evolution is going to change the sector that we work with. During 2013, our work that was very traditionally described as “agricultural knowledge management” and that sounded extremely uninteresting to several people, has suddenly become part of a hype. Some of the things that have served as catalysts include:

a) The decision that the G-8 Summit took in 2012, to commit to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, as the next phase of a shared commitment to achieving global food security.… Click to read the full post

1st International e-Conference on Germplasm Data Interoperability: Overview



The 1st International e-Conference on Germplasm Data Interoperability is now over. It consisted of four (4) sessions which took place between 6 and 20 of December 2013 and was co-organized by Bioversity International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Agro-Know Technologies and supported by the agINFRA EU project.  The aim of the e-Conference was to bring together stakeholders in the area of plant germplasm and traits. The participants were encouraged to discuss the current status of the interoperability between the different data sources and resources, such as the metadata schemas and classification systems used. In this direction, the e-Conference aimed to focus on the Linked Data approach to be followed in order to enable the linking of data from heterogeneous data sources and in various data formats.… Click to read the full post