DBpedia goes Agro-Know


DBpediaFor those working with linked open data, DBpedia does not need an introduction; for the rest, DBpedia is one of the largest linked open datasets available – the DBpedia dataset consists of 103 million RDF triples and is interlinked with other open datasets.

The DBpedia project focuses on the task of converting Wikipedia content into structured knowledge, such that Semantic Web techniques can be employed against it — asking sophisticated queries against Wikipedia, linking it to other datasets on the Web, or creating new applications or mashups. I will skip the more technical details on how this is achieved; you can find more information here.… Click to read the full post

Giants join forces to improve agricultural semantics


I am writing this post on my way back to home from Rome where I participated in the Improving Agricultural Semantics workshop that was held in Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations and which was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.


Arriving I decided not to speak about the situation in Greece and get as much as possible from this event where all the important organisations of the agricultural sector will be present. Of course you understand that this was difficult because everybody was asking me about the referendum. I broke my promise 🙁

The workshop started with a very interesting session about the results of the pre-workshop survey about the Knowledge Organisations Systems and data used and produced by organisations and the main problems that they are addressing.… Click to read the full post

New series of blog posts on open, linked and big data

Less than one year ago, we were really happy to feature a guest blog post on using social networks for disaster recovery, focusing on the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on March, 8, 2014. The post was authored by Mohammed Z. Al-Taie, a PhD candidate at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Faculty of Computing (FC) – Soft Computing Research Group (SCRG).

Mr. Al-Taie was kind enough to propose authoring a series of blog post on open, linked and big data in the following months through the Agro-Know blog. We gladly accepted this kind gesture as these topics are really close to what we are working on in Agro-Know, focusing on the agri-food sector.… Click to read the full post

SemaGrow 5th Project Meeting


NCSRThe 5th plenary meeting of the SemaGrow project took place on the 14th and the 15th of October 2014 at the premises of NCSR Demokritos, in Athens, Greece. It was hosted by the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), one of the consortium members of the project. The meeting provided the opportunity to the project partners to meet and present the progress of the project per Work Package and organize the preparations for the upcoming review meeting of the project.

Agro-Know was represented in the meeting by Nikos Marianos, Nikos Manolis, Andreas Drakos & Panagis Katsivelis, since the meeting took place in Athens, very close to the AK offices.… Click to read the full post

Open data worldwide: The road is open – the challenge is ahead

We often refer to open access and open data through our projects, events and other activities. For example, AK-related projects like agINFRA and SemaGrow are working on open and linked agricultural data of various types and formats, a task that has proven to be hard but not impossible, even at large scales (and this is where SemaGrow shines!). Only during the last months, a high number of Conferences focusing on open access, open and linked data took place both in Greece in the context of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union (like the European Data Forum 2014, SEMIC 2014ICRI 2014 and of course the joint OpenAIRE/COAR Conference) as well as at global level, such as the Open Repositories 2014 Conference in Helsinki, Finland and the SPARC 2014 Conference at Kansas City, USA, just to name a few.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know in the EDF 2014

European Data Forum Logo_0

The European Data Forum (EDF) 2014 took place between 19-20 of March 2014 and it was only one of the data-related events that would take place during the 6-month Greek presidency of the EU Council. According to the website of the event, “The European Data Forum (EDF) is an annual meeting place for industry, research, policy makers, and community initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data in Europe, especially in the light of recent developments such as Open Data, Linked Data and Big Data. This is at the heart of what we are currently working on in AK; we are getting deeper and deeper in the open, linked and big data, always in the agricultural context.… Click to read the full post

Food for thought: Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards 2020

Cover of the "Agricultural knowledge and innovation systems towards 2020" report

We recently came across a really interesting publication by the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), titled “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards 2020”. The publication is available through the EU Bookshop, which is always a valuable source of  policy documents and reports.

SCAR was established back in 1974 and is responsible for the coordination of agricultural research efforts across the European Research Area, including questions of advisory services, education, training and innovation. SCAR set up a Strategic Working Group (SWG) of civil servants from the European Commission and the EU Member States to reflect on the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) – you can find a really interesting publication on AKIS, titled “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in transition Findings of the SCAR Collaborative Working Group on AKIS” in the OECD iLibrary.… Click to read the full post

RDA 3rd Plenary Meeting – Day 2

The RDA special menu

Day 2 of the RDA 3rd Plenary Meeting started with new discussions and introductions between new partners.


Plenary Session

Among the interesting presentations/speeches, I specifically enjoyed the presentation from Dr. Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections. He discussed about Open Data and Open Science, the use of the MS Tools for using Big Data for Modeling, Azure Cloud Services etc., providing a practical perspective to his ideas. You can view the recoding here.

Another really interesting and useful presentation came later from Beth Plale on the RDA structure in IG/WG and the work done into restructuring the RDA, filling the gaps and taking care of overlapping.

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RDA 3rd Plenary Meeting – Day 1

Just before the launch of the 3rd RDA Plenary Meeting

The 3rd Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) took place between 26-28/3/2014 in Dublin Ireland. It was my 2nd participation in a row to an RDA plenary meeting and I managed to organize my trip (even at the last moment) and be there. It was not an easy trip, as I had to travel to Dublin from Athens on a Greek national holiday/celebration but still it had to be done. The trip itself was nice, reaching Dublin through Copenhagen (with SAS) and on my way back reaching Athens through Frankfurt with Lufthansa. It was my first time in Dublin but due to the packed schedule of the meeting and the moody weather I did not get to see anything outside my 20 min walk from the hotel to the meeting place (at lovely Croke Park) and back.

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