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

    16 Feb 2018

    RDA VSSIG Ontology Metadata Task Group Survey

    Dear RDA WGs,
    I transfer this to this 3 groups that I know and sometimes participate in, but feel free to transfer this to other metadata/standardization/ontologies related WGs.
    Dear all,
    [Apologies for multiple receptions - this announcement has been sent to multiple mailing lists of the ontology/semantic Web/linked data/standardization communities.]
    If you are somehow familiar with the use of ontologies, please consider answering this survey.

    16 Feb 2018

    Advice on new controlled vocabulary

    Hi all,

    I'm involved in a project to establish a global network for long-term agricultural experiments (experiments running for >10 years). One aim of the project is to improve access to and interoperability of datasets from these experiments. In most cases I think existing ontologies/vocabularies can be used, but experiment names, fields and plots are not represented by any controlled vocabularly. Clearly creating a concept ID for a name means an experiment, field or plot can be umabiguously referenced, e.g. in DOI metadata.

    08 Feb 2018

    RDA P11 programme_Swap of IGAD Sessions

    Dear all,
    I would like to inform you about a swap of the IGAD sessions during the RDA P11 Plenary:
    IG Agricultural Data (IGAD) - RDA 11th Plenary meeting
    The session will take place on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 16:00 - 17:30
    RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: Supporting effective engagement with research & open data in the agriculture and nutrition. Lessons from IGAD & GODAN Action
    The session will take place on Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 15:30 - 17:00
    More information about the RDA P11 programme:

    07 Feb 2018

    Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P11 - AGENDA!

    Dear all,

    Please find at the preliminary agenda for the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P11. 

    The agenda is open for comments until Friday, particularly in case you can not attend or you have any problems with the scheduled slot for your presentation.

    29 Jan 2018

    Fwd: eROSA vision paper

    Dear Colleagues
    some of you know about the eROSA project, others might have heard about
    it. All background information is at
    At the moment the project team has started the work on the "roadmaps for
    eInfrastructures". Basis for this work is a vision paper that should guide
    the technical roadmaps.
    We have circulated this vision paper broadly with a call for comments
    (GODAN website, AIMS website , mailinglists), Nevertheless some of you
    might not have gotten it,

    18 Jan 2018

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] IGAD/RDA pre-conference meeting that will be held on March 19-20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany

    Dear Irma,
    Apologies for delay. If it fits to the program and there is still a free
    slot, I would like to present shortly the "Current state of MIAPPE and
    related activities". I talked about this to Paul Kersey and Cyril
    Pommier. If possible I will send abstract early next week - currently I
    am travelling.
    Please register as participants me and Hanna Ćwiek-Kupczyńska.
    Best regards
    Pawel Krajewski

    15 Jan 2018

    RE: IGAD/RDA pre-conference meeting that will be held on March 19-20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany

    Hi Imma et al.
    I am again asking after the fate of the IGAD Soil Interoperability WG, as it seems to have been left of the agenda.
    I recall from your previous response that you consider that since the Soil WG is not actively reporting to IGAD and given the formation of the GODAN WG, that soil no longer sits explicitly within IGAD?