Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)

IG

Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established
 

Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 200 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, five successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data InteroperabilityAgriSemanticsOn-Farm Data Sharing and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play an active role at the RDA Plenaries.

 

Objectives

  • 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 other groups, e.g. 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.

 

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.

 



Recent Activity

14 Feb 2019

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD capacity building and harmonisation

Thanks Suchith,
It will be nice. We are now preparing final docment. As I hear you met Bente and spoke about this. Pleas you can edit document, we can mentioned there GODAN, RDA, al lis now possible
Karel
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14 Feb 2019

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD capacity building and harmonisation

Hi Karel,
Thank you for this information and excellent updates .I can promote the remote hackathon/ideatlon for Africa through the GODAN networks and community. This is excellent synergies for the IGAD Capacity Development WG .
Best wishes,
Suchith
On Thursday, 14 February 2019, 07:09:10 GMT, kcharvat <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear all,

14 Feb 2019

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD capacity building and harmonisation

Hi Karel,
Thank you for this information and excellent updates .I can promote the remote hackathon/ideatlon for Africa through the GODAN networks and community. This is excellent synergies for the IGAD Capacity Development WG .
Best wishes,
Suchith
On Thursday, 14 February 2019, 07:09:10 GMT, kcharvat <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear all,

14 Feb 2019

IGAD capacity building and harmonisation

Dear all,
I have appologise, but from time reason, I am not able to come now to
Philadelphia. But we are now in relation to running and new projexct
starting new activities. One from planning activities is to organize remote
hackathon/ideatlon for Africa. It will be remote work for two months and
we plan to present results on IST Africa conference in Nairobi.
http://www.ist-africa.org/home/.
If yo are interested to join us, here is preparational document

04 Feb 2019

Related CODATA taskgroup

The IGAD might be interested to know that a Task Group on Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation was endorsed by the CODATA General Assembly in Gaborone in October - http://www.codata.org/task-groups/agriculture-data
Perhaps you already have contacts, though I don't see any mention of RDA in the TG blurb.
Note that primary participation in the CODATA group is from Africa, which complements the stronger focus on Asia from the RDA group.
Regards
Simon Cox
(CODATA ExComm member).