I have to admit that I feel really happy about this specific interview; I was informed about the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) several months ago, when a colleague of mine pointed me to the website of this really special initiative. I personally considered the concept of open source seeds as an obvious need for people who do not want to feel depended on patented seeds and on top of that I made a connection with the open access and open data in agriculture that I have been working on for the last years. However, it seems that openness to me focused on the secondary products of agricultural research activities and I never thought of the possibility of restricted access to plant germplasm and the options of keeping plant genetic material open – I guess I took this for granted (which unfortunately is not always the case, as you will see later on in this post).… Click to read the full post
Agro-Know has a long-time involvement in the biodiversity area – in various aspects; it all started with the Organic.Edunet Web portal which was launched back in 2010 (and continues until today of course) and contains a number of digital educational resources on biodiversity; biodiversity is only one of the several green topics covered by the portal, which focuses on organic agriculture but also includes educational resources on other green topics like ecology, sustainability, energy, renewable resources etc.
Then, about one year ago and in the context of the agINFRA project, we had the opportunity to be involved in an effort towards the identification of the standards used for the description of germplasm accessions and the development of a linked data framework for this case.… Click to read the full post
One of the topics that are of interest for Agro-Know, through our participation in various EU-funded projects like agINFRA and SemaGrow among others (such as the VOA3R project, which ended about one year ago), is open access. Open Access may refer to scientific and research data, open educational resources, governmental data, using Creative Commons licenses for the licensing of outcomes like publications, presentations and any other kind of documentation, linked open data etc. Through our participation in related events we try to keep up with updates in this context, get to know people who are also working in these fields and transfer this experience and updates to our projects and work.… Click to read the full post