European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food

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How do European officials working on agriculture and food topics deal with the emerging data revolution in the sector? How can they be aware of the recent developments in a way that may inform their thinking? And how can they respond to the community needs by appropriately shaping the policy programs and support instruments?

This was the topic of a meeting that took place in Brussels on September 30th, 2016. The meeting was organised by the Big Data Europe project, in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Agroknow, being the Big Data Europe partners responsible for the food and agriculture sector, worked together with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in order to invite to the meeting representatives from the European Commission (EC) DGs and a select group of community stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Visiting the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

The GFSP discovery service demonstrator that we customised for JIFSAN. It looks and feels like the JIFSAN web site and could be integrated into it, while being powered by the GFSP backbone. Only a sample of data has been populated but you can get a feeling yourself: greenlearningnetwork.com/jifsan/
As part of my Washington visit meeting in July’14, I also had the opportunity to meet with one of the great people that we have the pleasure to work with in the context of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).On July 8th, I arranged a visit to the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), to meet in person the Lab Manager Janie Dubois. Janie is one of the people that volunteered to serve as a case study for the analysis that the Knowledge and Learning Systems WG of the GFSP is doing on food safety information related data.
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Hosting the Global Water Pathogen Project meeting

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One of our core values in AK, is Mother Earth Inspiration. There is no other project that reflects so much on this value than the new Global Water Pathogen Project, partially funded by UNESCO, that looks on aspects of wastewater management (pathogens, virus, etc.).

The project aims at authoring a second version of the “Sanitation and disease : health aspects of excreta and wastewater management” Feachem et. al. 1983 book, a reference book for all researchers working on wastewater management, with the new version of the book involving more than 100 authors from different disciplines around the world.

Agro-Know, as an expert in managing biodiversity data and transforming data into meaningful knowledge, collaborates with the GWPP for the creation of an online hub that will capture and visualise all related information, creating not only an online version for the Feachem 2.0 book but a point of reference for all stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode IV

Today, the Lean AKademy teams met for the fourth time since March 26th when the first iteration of the Lean AKademy started! In this workshop, our theoretical part covered a discussion on cost structure and revenue streams. In this workshop we talked about money for all the ideas that we are working on! We analyzed the potential categories of costs involved by delving down into development costs, personnel costs, etc. separating them into fixed and variable costs. Once the teams identified some of these costs in their cases, we discussed about revenue streams.

More specifically, we discussed on the overall strategy that our teams may choose in order to reach their different customer segments.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode II

Yesterday, the second part of the Lean AKademy took place in AK, with the same excitement (if not more), as the first one! Continuing on the idea of letting you all in on the secrets of lean, we will try to recap what was carried out in a few sentences for all of you to follow! If you would like to follow this process from the beginning, please take a look at the previous post as well, detailing our first meeting, here.

For this second meeting, our teams had already spent some time reflecting on their lean canvases and refining their initial assumptions in the nine different boxes of the canvas.… Click to read the full post