Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)


Group details

Imma Subirats, Esther Dzale, Armando Stellato, Patricia Rocha Bello Bertin
Case Statement: 

Invitation to attend the IGAD/RDA Pre-Meeting in Montreal (Canada)!

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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 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



Birds of Feather Groups



  • 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 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 Oct 2017

Summary report of the Capacity Development in Agricultural Data Management Discussion Group

Dear All,


We are happy to share with you the summary report of the Capacity Development in Agricultural Data Management discussion group that met during RDA/IGAD pre-meeting in Montreal :


Please also have a look at the summary and slides from the IGAD meeting:


10 Oct 2017

Future IGAD pre-meetings_survey

Dear all,

We would like to improve the structure of the IGAD pre-meetings and get your feedback. To this end, we share with you a short survey that will not take much of your time. We would appreciate your participation in order to adapt future IGAD meetings to your needs:


Thank you very much in advance for your feedback!


Best regards

Karna Wegner

On behalf of the IGAD chairs

02 Oct 2017

11 October : Join free Webinar: Linked Data Competency Index : Mapping the field for teachers and learners

Greetings to you All !

AIMS Team (at FAO of the UN) is pleased to invite you to join an upcoming free webinar with topic: 

Linked Data Competency Index: Mapping the field for teachers and learners

PRESENTER : Thomas Baker 

WHEN: 11 October 2017 - - 14:00 pm Rome Time (CEST) Use Time Zone Converter: 

21 Sep 2017

FW: [rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-rice-wg] TR: [rda-rice-wg] Online questionnaire of the Rice Data Interoperability Working Group

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Subject: [rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-rice-wg] TR: [rda-rice-wg] Online questionnaire of the Rice Data Interoperability Working Group

19 Sep 2017

Survey on metrics and science indicators in the agricultural sciences

We invite people who are working with metrics or other science & technology indicators in
the agricultural sciences to participate in a small survey. It aims to get a better
understanding how these indicators are used in the agricultural sciences. The survey can
be found at
This survey is a next step in the work of a group of people from different institutions who

19 Sep 2017 - describing and linking standards, data repositories and data polices across domains and disciplines

Dear all,
it was a pleasure to meet many of you at the IGAD pre-meeting. In case
you'd like to know more about FAIRsharing*, and how we link standards,
databases and policies in agriculture and beyond, here is where we'll be
presenting FAIRsharing at the RDA:
*Tuesday 19th Sept:*
//- 11:30am-1pm Data Discovery Paradigms session
- 2pm-3:30pm Mapping the Landscape session
- 4pm-5:30pm BioSharing/ELIXIR session
*Wednesday 20th Sept:
//- 1:30pm-3pm - ActiveDMPs session

12 Sep 2017

FW: [rda-agrisemantics-wg] IGAD pre-meeting and RDA P10 in Montreal schedule

Dear all,
Thanks to the kind support of our colleagues at the WG AgriSemantics, we could change the date of the IGAD session during the RDA Plenary Meeting 10 from 20 to 19 September so all the IGAD co-chairs can attend the session. More information at
Imma Subirats
IGAD/RDA Co-chair