Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

The Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) is pleased to invite you to the 11th RDA Plenary Pre-Meeting In Berlin!

Introducing IGAD

    Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 180 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups.


    IGAD is a domain-oriented group working on all issues related to global agriculture data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data.


    Beyond this IGAD promotes good practices in research with regard data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability, and it is a forum for sharing experience and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data.


    One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date, four successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data InteroperabilityAgriSemantics and On-Farm Data Sharing WGs. All groups played an active role at the last RDA Plenaries, in Montreal (Canada) and Barcelona (Spain).



    • To promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability
    • To provide a platform for networking and cross-fertilization of research ideas in data management and interoperability
    • To solicit and promote interactions and projects among the major international institutions and groups worldwide which work on agricultural research and innovation
    • To achieve data interoperability


    Working Groups


    Birds of Feather Groups


    Events at RDA


    The RDA holds its plenary meetings every six months at different locations around the world. Built around the RDA Working and Interest Group meetings the sessions are designed to consolidate the RDA’s work and that of its interest groups in building social and technological bridges towards open data sharing. IGAD’s role since its inception at the RDA Gothenburg has expanded with every successive Plenary. The outcomes of the Wheat Data Interoperability Group have proved to be a success and the challenge is now on to replicate those successes with the Rice Group.

    IGAD has used the Plenary meetings as a place to reach out and forge new alliances with other groups, as well as creating new offshoot groups aimed at specific solutions. During Plenary sessions IGAD has hosted a wide array of speakers and discussions and it continues to work alongside major international initiatives such as GODAN, GACS, CIARD, CGIAR, FAO of the UN, INRA, CYMMIT among others.


    RDA 10th Plenary: 19th - 21st September 2017 in Montreal, Canada

    RDA 9th Plenary: 5th - 7th of April 2017 in Barcelona, Spain

    RDA 7th Plenary: 1st - 3rd of March 2016 in Tokyo, Japan

    RDA 6th Plenary: 21st - 25th of September 2015 in Paris, France

    RDA 5th Plenary: 8th - 11th of March 2015 in San Diego, California USA

    RDA 4th Plenary: 22nd - 24th of September 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    RDA 3rd Plenary: 26th - 28th of March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland

    RDA 2nd Plenary: 16th - 18th of September 2013 in Washington DC, US

    RDA Europe Workshop prior to the 2nd RDA Plenary in Washington


    Capacity development activities

    IGAD has spearheaded two important capacity development initiatives. These include two introductory online MOOCS course on data management, principally aimed at learners in Latin America, and four Forums on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Africa.

    The MOOCS courses offer an introduction to themes of data management using examples from the international sphere and with a particular focus on data management research in fisheries and nutrition. As well as teaching how to define data the course looks at issues of data storage, sharing and long term preservation, highlighting the different resources available to researchers in data management.  IGAD heads the course in conjunction with the FAO of the United Nations, Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    The goal of the forums is to provide a platform for stakeholders in Africa to share knowledge on institutional and national initiatives aimed at enhancing the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science, and their potential contribution to the realization of Africa’s sustainable development goals and the SDGs.


    Forums on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture

    Recent Activity

    04 Dec 2017

    Fwd: CODATA ATG Webinar

    The webinar tomorrow organised by the CODATA Task Group on Agricultural Data may be of interest. Joining details in the e-mail forwarded below.
    With very best wishes,
    Call for Papers, Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018, deadline 22 December 2017 , Göttingen, Germany, 18-20 March 2018.
    Call for Session Proposals, SciDataCon 2018 , deadline 19 January 2018: SciDataCon 2018 is an integrated part of International Data Week 2018 , 22-26 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana.

    04 Dec 2017

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][on-farm-data-sharing-wg] Fwd: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] FW: OGC and RDA

    Dear Patricia,
    Jorge (cc-ed), will present the GODAN Soil Data WG at the OGC meeting.
    @Jorge, can you maybe share some information with Patricia so she can
    include summary points from your presentation in her online contribution to
    the conference?
    With kind regards,
    Ben Schaap
    Research Lead, GODAN Secretariat & Wageningen UR
    Skype: bf.schaap
    Twitter: @benschp

    04 Dec 2017

    Fwd: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] FW: OGC and RDA

    Dear all,
    Just a quick reminder of Imma's request (email below) for each Working Group to send in a couple of slides informing the last developments, so that I can use them during the OGC Agriculture DWG meeting on Thursday ( Also, it would be useful to know if any of you will also participate in the event.
    Thanks very much,
    Patrícia Rocha Bello Bertin, PhD
    Supervisor for Transparency and Data Governance
    Secretariat for Management and Institutional Development (SGI)

    27 Nov 2017

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][on-farm-data-sharing-wg] [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics...

    Dear Patricia,
    That is excellent, we have some updates on the Soil Data WG, and we have a
    representative that will present at the OGC summit on December 7th. Jorge
    Mendez de Jesus (GEOCAT) will show some latest developments.
    I will ask the WG chairs to send you a summary so you are up to date on the
    Soil Data WG. BTW, will you also attend the eRosa workshop later today? I
    might see you there!
    Ben Schaap
    Research Lead, GODAN Secretariat & Wageningen UR

    15 Nov 2017

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] FW: OGC and RDA

    Thanks Imma. It is good to have closer links with OGC. I am now at the International Council for Science workshop on Science and the Digital Revolution at the Royal Society in London and had the opportunity to connect with OGC staff participating and invite them to RDA/IGAD meetings also.
    Best wishes,
    From: subirats <***@***.***>

    13 Nov 2017

    FW: OGC and RDA

    Dear all,
    IGAD has been invited to report about the last developments at the OGC Agriculture DWG meeting in December. On behalf of IGAD, Patricia, co-chair, will participate with a presentation (30min) remotely. Could we kindly ask to all the WG chairs to submit a couple of slides with a summary of the last developments of your WGs during the next weeks? In case that any of you would like to have a more proactive participation, please let us know.
    Imma Subirats
    On behalf of IGAD/RDA chairs

    30 Oct 2017

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg] A new article in F1000Research

    Dear All,
    The paper got a comment from Mark Wilkinson on Quality Check on the use of recommended standards for the Wheat community that would be nice to address or to reply to. He also informs us about the coming publishing of a set of Metrics for testing the FAIRness of data and an automated testing tool that will soon follow.
    Kind regards
    From: <***@***.***> on behalf of edzale <***@***.***>
    Date: mardi 17 octobre 2017 16:11