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

12 Dec 2018

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture][agriculturecapacitydev] News about the IGAD chairs

Dear Imma, all,
It's been a great and rewarding experience being part of the Interest Group on Agricultural Data and following the various working groups.
Unfortunately, like Imma said, due to incompatibilities with the characteristics of my work as an academic researcher, I have to interrupt it, for the respect that I give to the role of being a co-chair and the expectancies that it implies.
I want to thank personally Imma, Patricia and Esther for being such a wonderful team to work with. And, obviously, the warm community that has gathered around this group.

12 Dec 2018

News about the IGAD chairs

Dear IGAD Community Members,
It is time to express our gratitude to the IGAD co-chairs Esther Dzale and Armando Stellato, for their valuable contributions to this community during the last two years. Due to their tight agendas and portfolios, Esther and Armando's involvement as co-chairs of IGAD are unfortunately coming to an end, but they will continue very much involved in the RDA activities around agriculture and semantics.

11 Dec 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD RDA 13th Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia April 2019 - Who is going to attend?

Dear Karna,
I am interested, it looks like we may have a good opportunity to organize something with the GODAN soil data WG.
Cheers,
Ben
On 11 Dec 2018, at 14:57, Karna Wegner <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
RDA/IGAD chairs will soon start to organize the IGAD Meeting in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) prior to the RDA 13th Plenary (2-4 April 2019). As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

11 Dec 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD RDA 13th Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia April 2019 - Who is going to attend?

Dear Karna,
I am interested, it looks like we may have a good opportunity to organize something with the GODAN soil data WG.
Cheers,
Ben
On 11 Dec 2018, at 14:57, Karna Wegner <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
RDA/IGAD chairs will soon start to organize the IGAD Meeting in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) prior to the RDA 13th Plenary (2-4 April 2019). As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

11 Dec 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD RDA 13th Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia April 2019 - Who is going to attend?

Dear Karna,
I am interested, it looks like we may have a good opportunity to organize something with the GODAN soil data WG.
Cheers,
Ben
On 11 Dec 2018, at 14:57, Karna Wegner <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
RDA/IGAD chairs will soon start to organize the IGAD Meeting in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) prior to the RDA 13th Plenary (2-4 April 2019). As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

11 Dec 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture][agriculturecapacitydev] IGAD RDA 13th Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia April 2019 - Who is going to attend?

Dear Karna,
I am interested, it looks like we may have a good opportunity to organize something with the GODAN soil data WG.
Cheers,
Ben
On 11 Dec 2018, at 14:57, Karna Wegner <***@***.***> wrote:
Dear colleagues,
RDA/IGAD chairs will soon start to organize the IGAD Meeting in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) prior to the RDA 13th Plenary (2-4 April 2019). As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

11 Dec 2018

IGAD RDA 13th Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia April 2019 - Who is going to attend?

Dear colleagues,
RDA/IGAD chairs will soon start to organize the IGAD Meeting in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) prior to the RDA 13th Plenary (2-4 April 2019). 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!
Karna Wegner
On Behalf of IGAD/RDA chairs

26 Sep 2018

Call for Registrations: GODAN Action Training - Open Data in Agriculture

Call for Registrations
GODAN Action Training - Open Data in Agriculture
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Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and it’s GODAN Action partners in collaboration with Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) are pleased to announce an Open Data in Agriculture Workshop to be held during International Data Week in Gaborone, Botswana on 6 November 2018.