Reporting on the Workshop on EU’s Open Science Cloud: the agri-food use case

AGINFRA as a global atlas of agri-food research

On November 13th, 2015, a community workshop on the Open Science Cloud titled “Shaping the Open Science Cloud of the Future” took place in Bari, Italy, as a part of the EGI Community Forum 2015. Agro-Know was invited as a data-powered SME in order to contribute its experience on the data- and e-infra-related needs of the agri-food research community – other communities were represented as well, including bioinformatics, cancer research and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), among others.

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This provided us with excellent opportunity to present how three different user types could benefit from the envisaged Ope Science Cloud – based on our actual experience in all three cases:

Back to the 90’s and the available data storage solutions

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New Horizon 2020 calls for agri-food research are on

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If you are looking for funding for your agri-food research idea you should definitely look at the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls!

Horizon 2020 has already secured a budget of around €3.7 billion for the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) on “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” for 2014-2020, out of which the Horizon 2020 SC2 Work Programme for 2016-2017 offers a budget of around €877 million.

The main opportunities for agriculture and forestry can be found in three main calls, each one of which includes a number of themes and each theme includes a number of topics:

Sustainable Food Security (SFS): It includes the following themes

  • More resilient and resource efficient value chains (25 topics)
  • Environment-smart and climate smart primary production (7 topics)
  • A competitive food industry (3 topics)
  • Healthy and safe foods and diets for all (5 topics)
  • Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (3 topics)
  • Implementation of the EU-China FAB flagship initiative (5 topics)

Blue Growth (BG): It includes the following themes

  • Boosting innovation for emerging Blue Growth activities (5 topics)
  • Linking healthy oceans and seas with healthy people (3 topics)
  • The Arctic dimension (3 topics)
  • Valorizing the Mediterranean sea basin (2 topics)

Rural Renaissance (RUR): It includes the following themes

  • New approaches towards policies and governance (5 topics)
  • New value chains and business models (4 topics)
  • Innovation and skill development (7 topics)

Bio-based innovation (BB): It includes the following themes

  • Securing sustainable biomass supply for bio-based goods and services (4 topics)
  • Building the “bio-based markets of the future”- mobilising stakeholders engagement (2 topics)

You can find more information about these calls, themes and topics in the corresponding Horizon 2020 call document.… Click to read the full post

An Open Science Cloud for Europe’s agri-food research skies

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During these strange, troubling times, Europe seems to be trying to make some steps towards closer collaboration and integration. The strategy for creating a Digital Single Market is one of these desired steps that will try to bring together the 28 member states at the online space. And as far European research is concerned, a major decision has been taken during the past few weeks by some of the key stakeholders that drive the digital science (or eScience) agenda: to join forces and create a so-called European Open Science Cloud for Research.

Five leading Europan initiatives (EUDATLIBEROpenAIREEGI and GEANT) that are working on different parts of e-infrastructures to facilitate research, have published a position paper that describes their joint vision on empowering research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in Europe for the benefit of innovation and growth.… Click to read the full post

Το μεγαλύτερο γεγονός για τα ανοικτά δεδομένα είναι σήμερα: ODI Summit 2015

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Το ODI Summit με τίτλο “Celebrating Generation Open” πραγματοποιείται σήμερα, 3/11/2015 στο Λονδίνο – και προφανώς διοργανώνεται από το Open Data Institute. Αν με ρωτήσετε (εμένα και πολλούς άλλους), πρόκειται για τη μεγαλύτερη εκδήλωση σχετική με ανοικτά δεδομένα της χρονιάς. Παγκοσμίως. Η εκδήλωση αυτή δίνει την ευκαιρία σε διάφορους συμμετέχοντες να συναντηθούν, να ανταλλάξουν απόψεις και να μοιραστούν τις εμπειρίες τους, πάντα σχετικά με τα ανοικτά δεδομένα.

Η Agro-Know είναι εκεί, με τον CEO μας Νίκο Μανουσέλη, ο οποίος ήταν ενθουσιασμένος με το αντίστοιχο event πέρυσι. Από τότε μέχρι σήμερα, είχαμε την ευκαιρία να μάθουμε καλύτερα την εξαιρετική δουλειά που κάνει το ODI – ακόμη και να δουλέψουμε μαζί τους επάνω στο GODAN Discussion Paper (δείτε επίσης εδώ).… Click to read the full post

Things to know this Monday – The Open Food Network

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OpenFoodNetworkSome time ago, we came across the Open Food Network (OFN); an initiative that aims to bring closer food producers, food hubs and other types of stakeholders, aiming to help people connect with local food producers.

We were happy to be able to make a connection with Myriam Bouré from OFN Scandinavia, who accepted our invitation for this short interview; her responses helped us understand more about the network and we hope that they will help you, too!

Could you tell us some things about you? What’s your educational background, interests and current affiliation?

My name is Myriam, I’m French. I studied business administration in ESSEC Business School, and majored in social entrepreneurship in 2007.… Click to read the full post

AgNIC Annual Meeting 2015: Updates on PubAg and AgData Commons

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The Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC – scroll at the end of this post for more info) organizes a meeting on an annual basis. In this context, the 2015 AgNIC Conference took place between May 6-7, 2015 at Beltsville, Maryland and it marked the 20th year of this series of Conferences.

The 2015 Conference included participation from some really active stakeholders in the field of agricultural information management, such as Stan Kosecki (Acting NAL Director), Dr. Simon Liu (Associate Administrator, USDA Ag Research Service and former NAL Director as well as one of the persons involved in the development of the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS)), as well as Dr.Click to read the full post

Presentation of ODI Athens and Greek Open Data Trainers

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ODI Athens logoThe Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS/EELLAK in Greek) in the context of its collaboration with the Open Data Institute for the deployment of the ODI Athens node is co-organizing with Epinoo, a structure of the National Technical University of Athens the first open meeting for the official training program of ODI Athens. The meeting will take place today, Monday 27th of July 2015 at 17.00, at the premises of Epinoo (map).

The event will provide the opportunity to the first Greek ODI Athens open data trainers certified by ODI (those who have recently attended the Train the Trainer week-long course at the ODI premises in London) will present the training services that will be available in Greece. … Click to read the full post

Investigating engagement in Research Data Alliance at a regional level

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The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a global network that aims to “build the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data“. Participation in the RDA is open to anyone who agrees to the RDA principles. Scientists come together through focused Working Groups, exploratory Interest Groups to exchange knowledge, share discoveries, discuss barriers and potential solutions, explore and define policies and test as well as harmonise standards to enhance and facilitate global data sharing. RDA Plenaries are held every six months in different places around the world, allowing participants to get involved in interesting discussions, get up-to-date with advances in their own research fields and identify opportunities for transdisciplinary collaborations.… 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

Text and data mining (TDM) in agri-food research

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A wealth of published research outcomes is currently publicly available (mostly thanks to the really active Open Access initiatives and mandates that keep finding ways to open up even more research data); however, at the same time, researchers are still facing a challenge when seeking for specific elements of a research publication that would support their own research, such as an image, a diagram or a dataset related to a specific topic, such as crop disease, within the scientific literature. Indeed, such components are currently embedded in various types of publications and cannot be identified, described and retrieved as individual entities.… Click to read the full post