Agricultural Data IG (IGAD)

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Group details

Chair(s): 
Imma Subirats, Esther Dzale, Armando Stellato, Patricia Rocha Bello Bertin
Case Statement: 
 

Background

Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 100 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 one successful Working Group has formed under IGAD and two more are in their inception phase:  the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group and the Rice Data Interoperability and AgriSemantics discussion groups, all playing an active role at the most recent RDA 7P in Tokyo. Soil experts also came together in an IGAD pre-meeting at RDA P7. They are committed to partner with IGAD and are preparing a concept note to address some of the current issues on Soil Data Interoperability at the next GODAN summit.

 

 

Working Groups

Upcoming Events

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

 

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. The Soil Group is one. At the RDA Plenary 7 IGAD also agreed to set up a new group to work on the five point action plan outlined by the Rice Data Group (see: Working Groups.)

 

 

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 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

Pre-Meetings

IGAD’s focused pre-meetings prior to the RDA Plenaries are an opportunity to assess the group’s evolution, take stock of existing issues, and lay the groundwork for concrete future action.

At the most recent IGAD Pre-Meeting of the RDA P7 in Tokyo (28-29 Feb 2016), 50 IGAD members – split into three key discussion groups, came up with tangible plans of action aimed at opening up access to agricultural data. There was a special focus on rice research and the Groups - Agrisemantics, Rice and Soil, produced some interesting results (see P7 highlights below.)

At the IGAD Pre-Meeting of the RDA 6 Plenary (21 - 22nd September 2015) in Paris, France, around 50 people came together from agricultural related sectors – academia, private business, the European Commission. A number of methodologies were successfully put in place and these were subsequently built on at the Pre-Meeting RDA 7. In particular, the Group made inroads towards openness and sound data management, increasing data access, interoperability, and enhancing soil data and information. The results from the IGAD pre meetings were discussed during the  RDA P6 and P7 (see P6 insights below.)

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.

MOOCS

Forums on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture

Recent Activity

12 Jan 2017

Invitation to join the Discussion Group "Building synergies in Capacity Development"

Dear all,

 

this is an invitation for all interested persons to join the discussion group "Building Synergies in Capacity Development" in the next IGAD pre-meeting (3-4 April 2017 in Barcelona). 

The group will discuss about possible synergies between existing education and training activities (especially led by GODAN, RDA, CODATA etc.), about agricultural science needs for open curricula focussed on open data and about best practices and development proposals for training programmes.

14 Nov 2016

Invitation for a Discussion Group on “Metrics and indicators in agricultural science” in IGAD Pre-meeting

Dear All,

Following up on Imma Subirat’s post on October 17th, I would like to invite those who are interested in joining the discussion group on “Metrics and indicators in agricultural science” in IGAD Pre-meeting on 3-4 April 2017 in Barcelona. I will be co-chairing the group discussion together with Hugo Besemer from Wageningen University.

17 Oct 2016

Invitation to participate at the IDAG pre-conference meeting in Barcelona, April 2017

Dear colleagues IGAD and WG related,

On behalf of the RDA [1] Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IDAG) [2],  Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), the organizing and local committees,  I am pleased to invite you to our pre-conference meeting that will be held April 3-4, 2017 at the Faculty of Library and Information Science of the University of Barcelona. The event will take place before the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, April 5-7, 2017..

13 Oct 2016

MOOC "Introduction to a Web of Linked Data"

Dear all,
this message to inform you of this online course on "Introduction to a
Web of Linked Data". I already attended a MOOC taught by the same
persons. They are good!
The MOOC "Introduction to a Web of Linked Data
" *will be
available on 21 November 2016 on the France Université Numérique (FUN)
platform.* It will be taught by Fabien GANDON, Catherine FARON-ZUCKER
and Olivier Corby (Wimmics team, Inria, I3S, CNRS, UNS).
Among its many evolutions, the Web became a way to exchange data between

14 Sep 2016

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg] RDA 8th Plenary Joint meeting: IGAD Slots

Dear Gary,
 
Based on the indication of attendance we collected from the Agrisemantics group, you, Imma and Devika from IGAD will be in P8. You can liaise onsite with Imma on the breakout. Devika just informed us that she is unfortunately unable to attend due to problems
at her departure from Bangalore.
 
I wish you and the group fruitful & enjoyable meetings!
 
Best
Caterina
 

09 Sep 2016

Welcome to IGAD sessions @ RDA P8

 

The chairs of IGAD look forward to welcoming you to the IGAD sessions at RDA P8 next week.  We present a distinguished panel that will relate  the state of the art in N America.  We are excited also to introduce three new groups on Rice data Interoperability, AgriSemantics and Soil data Interoperability

Please mark your calender for the two sessions below.

11.30-1.00 pm -- IG Agricultural Data: Agricultural Data and Semantics - state of the art in North America

05 Jul 2016

Innovating the Wheat Community through the Research Data Alliance services and outputs

There's a Wheat Community Datathon event coming up that you'd really like to participate in. You will get acquainted with data formats, services, protocols and needs of the Wheat Community, as well as find out about the fascinating innovative ideas regarding Wheat & Agriculture. You can also present your ideas or prototypes for services and win a prize!