The GODAN Discussion Paper is now available

GODAN Discussion Paper

GODAN Discussion PaperThe Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative has published a Discussion Paper titled “How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?”

The Discussion Paper provides basic information on open data and the impact that open data have in different contexts, such as enabling more informed and effective decision making, creating innovation and promoting transparency that transforms the way organisations work for the better.

The Discussion Paper includes a number of use cases in which the use of open agri-food data has made an impact and improved the lives of million and aims to provide the mean for engaging agriculture and nutrition data-powered communities in discussions that will facilitate the sharing of data between data producers and consumers.… Click to read the full post

The GODAN Discussion Paper is (almost) ready to go public!

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It has been more than one month since I started working as an external consultant/researcher for the GODAN White Paper, after my tender for the corresponding GODAN/Open Data Institute call was accepted – this work is now (almost?) over. Since then, there has been a lot of work (and I mean a lot!) in the context of this report:

  • identified more than 30 use cases making use of open agri-food and nutrition data (less than half of them made it in the final version of the paper – I admit that some of them were weaker than the others),
  • drafted additional parts of the paper,
  • collected more than 40 related references (including publications, articles, blog posts, reports, presentations etc.),
  • interviewed several people looking for substantial feedback in terms of insights and quotes for the potential and current issues of open agricultural data,
  • compiled lists of open agri-food datasets, data sources and other types of resources (like repository software, data management software and other tools),
  • collected quotes and other bits from the preliminary GODAN survey results

This was a time-consuming analysis that was reported in about 35 pages, including text, lists and tables (also some images and screenshots at some point).… Click to read the full post

3rd International Open Data Conference 2015 (IODC15)

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OpenDataCon2015 logoThe 3rd International Open Data Conference 2015 (IODC15will take on May 28-29, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. It is a global event jointly organized by the Government of Canada, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank. The Conference will engage sector and open data experts, senior government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world in open discussions and collaborative work that will lead to a data revolution.

A number of friends and acquaintances of Agro-Know will be participating to the event, including Liz Carolan & Fiona Smith from the Open Data Institute (ODI), Cathie Woteki (USDA; yes, Nikos has actually met her!), Kim Mallalieu (we had the pleasure to meet her during the GODAN/CIARD Consultation Meeting in 2014), Federico Sancho (IICA) Martin Parr (CABI, a person really active in the agricultural knowledge community) and Ben Schaap (a precious member of the GODAN Secretariat).… Click to read the full post