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

    15 Jun 2018

    INSPIRE Hack

    Dear all,
    Plan4all will again organize INSPIRE Hack. This is Hackathon focused more on professionals, than students and this group. See the concept
    This is the third year of the INSPIRE Hackathon. The workshop aims to present the hackathon results and award the best projects. The hack will start before the conference already in July 2018. The hackathon itself and the team work will be done remotely.

    22 May 2018

    RDA Twelfth Plenary Meeting - Gaborone, Botswana 2018 - Who is going to attend?

    Dear colleagues,

    RDA/IGAD chairs will start to organize the IGAD Meeting(s) in Gaborone (Botswana) November 2018 in the next days. As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

    Even if you are not sure but you would be interested to attend, please send to and let us know.

    Thank you in advance!

    Imma Subirats 

    On Behalf of IGAD/RDA chairs

    21 May 2018

    Agricultural Data & Information Technologies: SciDataCon opportunity

    Hello all,
    Hopefully relevant and useful for IGAD members and colleagues, I'd like to
    warmly invite participation in a New and Emerging Technologies in
    Agriculture session at SciDataCon - during International Data Week
    alongside RDA P12. We are seeking contributions *from those engaged in
    research or projects using agricultural data and information technologies
    (e.g. ICTs, semantic technologies, FIMS, drones, etc.) to collect, link,
    and distribute agricultural data and information.*Session summary below.

    15 May 2018

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig]...

    Hi Jane,
    You may be interested in the first deliverable from the RDA
    Agrisemantics WG, "Landscaping the Use of Semantics to Enhance the
    Interoperability of Agricultural Data"
    P Think Green - don't print this email unless you really need to

    15 May 2018

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig]...

    Hi Valeria,
    Thanks so much that's really helpful! I'm not anyone who could/should be
    contributing but rather on the tech-user end - definitely interested in
    using the output of semantically interlinked URIs. Is there an estimated
    timeline on that effort and/or somewhere public we could follow progress or
    even I guess your output would be announced on this list hopefully?
    Context for my question was a recent small gathering of people in the USA
    interested in open tech for Ag had a sub-group looking to apply

    15 May 2018

    Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] Publication and alignment of authoritative vocabularies for...

    If you are interested in that particular GODAN group, I suggest
    contacting Ruthie Musker at GODAN (cc'd) and/or Matthew Lange at UC
    Davis (cc'd) who runs IC-FOODS ( on
    the email list via the GODAN website best at this
    As far as publications go, a list of GODAN reports are available here:
    You may be interested in the VEST portal:

    14 May 2018

    Publication and alignment of authoritative vocabularies for food - Working Group?

    Is anyone here involved in this GODAN project?
    Looks like it began Nov 2017 so probably too early to see any
    recommendations/publications but I was wondering if there were any public
    mailing lists/repos perhaps?
    Jane Wyngaard, PhD
    Data Science Technologist
    Centre for Research Computing
    University of Notre Dame

    21 Mar 2018

    Invitation to BOF Meeting on 23 March - Room C03

    Dear Friends,
    You are invited to join the BOF meeting on "Digital Extension Advisory
    Services: Towards a Data Driven Disruption" scheduled during the 11th
    Plenary of RDA. Imma has kindly agreed to facilitate the session along with
    Venue: Room C03
    Date: 23 March
    Time: 9.00-10.30 am
    Future Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) across the globe need to
    innovate and strategize the use of disruptive technologies such as
    mobile/cloud computing, Internet of Things, location-based social networks

    18 Mar 2018

    IGAD at RDA P11: follow the guide

    Dear Colleagues,
    This year IGAD will focus on the implementation of the FAIR principles during the RDA P11. To this end, we propose a three-step program:
    · 19-20 March at Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in Chausseestraße 111, Berlin: the pre-meeting where we will have presentations on institutional use cases, semantics and data models, and examples of implementation of the FAIR principles in research infrastructures. The full Agenda is available at