Agrisemantics WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Steve Diggs
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)

The group started in Jan 2017 and will close on June 2018. 

The goal of the Agrisemantics WG is to gather community-based requirements and use cases for an infrastructure that supports appropriate use of semantics for data interoperability, with special focus on agriculture.

The outputs of the WG will be:

  1. A report on semantics landscape for agricultural data,
  2. A set of use cases and requirements,
  3. A document on recommendations for the future of semantics for agricultural data - software, functionalities, semantic assets to enhance data interoperability in agriculture. 

Ongoing activities

  • Collection of use cases: tell us your story, limitations, and expectations.

We are collecting input on use cases on the use of semantic resources for agricultural data - be those controlled vocabularies, metadata schemas or ontologies. We are interested in knowing what problems and limitations people face when dealing with them. To this end, we have set up a short survey, 6 questions, that you can find as an online document:

To provide your use case: 1. go to the dedicated shared folder: 2. and make your own copy of the survey, respecting the naming convention (this will help us process and analyze the results!).

 In case of doubts, do not hesitate to ask one of the chairs!

 Please be informed that all shared folders are public. We also plan on publishing the collected use cases as support material for the requirement document.

Many thanks!

  • bi-weekly calls. Register to the group to keep abreast of developments. 

Some shared resources

  1. A poster on semantics in agriculture - a visual introduction! Feel free to print it out and hang it to your door :) 

Upcoming group-related events:

  1. IGAD pre-meeting in Berlin, March 19-20
  2. RDA P11 in Berlin, March 21-23

Past group events:

  1. RDA P10 - Agrisemantics: Towards Community-driven Use Cases of Semantics for Data Interoperability in Agriculture
  2. IGAD RDA Pre-meeting in Montreal: breakout session and 10' presentation (Defining the agrisemantics vision)
  3. IGAD RDA Pre-meeting in Barcelona: 10' presentation of WG first results
  4. RDA P9 - Joint Session of IG Agricultural Data, WG Wheat Data Interoperability, WG Rice Data Interoperability, WG Agrisemantics: Results of the IGAD Pre-Meeting RDA P9 adopting RDA outputs
  5. RDA P9 - WG Agrisemantics: Landscaping the support of semantics for data interoperability in agriculture 
  6. panel @MTSR


Recent Activity

17 Jan 2018

Last CFP fro RoD workshop

Following several requests, the submission date has been postponed to **
wednesday January 24th 2018 **
Suite à plusieurs demandes, la date de soumission a été repoussée au
** mercredi 24 janvier **
Reasoning on Data (RoD)
Workshop at The Web Conference 2018
Lyon, France, April 24, 2018

15 Jan 2018

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] IGAD/RDA pre-conference meeting that will be held on March 19-20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany

Dear Giovanna,
Thanks for the abstract. I will add it to the list of proposals and come back to you with feedback asap.
With regard to the WGs, I confirm that all of them (at least partially) will be parallel on the 20th March.
You will receive more detailed information once the agenda is ready (by the end of the month).
From: Giovanna Zappa [mailto:***@***.***]
Sent: 15 January 2018 13:26

10 Jan 2018

Re: [rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg] Second Reminder: call for use cases - what are your needs when working with semantics resources?

Ciao Cate,
poi non sono riuscito a mantenere la promessa, nei tempi. Ci riprovo!
(anche se sarò conciso).
vedi UC11.
Non ho facoltà di caricare il file nel drive..
a presto,
saluti e... buon anno!!!
2018-01-10 12:17 GMT+01:00 catecara <***@***.***>:

10 Jan 2018

Second Reminder: call for use cases - what are your needs when working with semantics resources?

Dear all,
Thank you to all who have answered the call for use cases that we launched last year! We wanted to know about the problems you face when working with semantic resources. The Agrisemantics Working Group will then analyze the collected use cases and elaborate on where needs are at the community level. For this reason your problems matter!!
We are going to collect your input until the end of January, with the goal of discussing preliminary results in RDA P11 in Berlin, coming March.

09 Jan 2018

CFP Reasoning on Data (RoD) Workshop at The Web Conference 2018

                         Reasoning on Data (RoD)
                   Workshop at The Web Conference 2018
                      Lyon, France, April 24, 2018
The workshop RoD, collocated with The Web Conference 2018 in Lyon,

08 Jan 2018

Next calls

Dear Agrisemantics members,
We wish you a nice and fruitful year!
The next group call is this week: Thu 11 jan 2018, 5pm CET on
We will provide an update on the use case collection and analysis. Discussions on further steps.
The call dedicated to publishing an article from the landscaping report (1st WG output) will take place on Friday January 19, at 11 am CET (connexion info to come soon). Thanks to those who answered the poll. Still, everyone willing to participate is welcome!

19 Dec 2017

Agrisemantics Call - Landscaping Report

Dear WG members,
As discussed in our previous group calls, a dedicated call should be
arranged for discussing the next steps regarding the 1st outcome of our WG,
namely the Landscaping Report.
In order to arrange this meeting, we have set-up a doodle poll at:
Please declare your availability
Taking also this opportunity, the WG chairs would like to wish you Merry
Kindest regards,
Panagiotis for the chairs

11 Dec 2017

reminder: call for use cases - what are your needs when working with semantics resources?

Dear all,
This is a message from the chairs of the Agrisemantics WG.
We have collected 9 use cases so far and a couple more are planned. Many thanks to those who provided them!
This is good, but far from enough to derive meaningful requirements and recommendations for the future of infrastructures for open science in agriculture! We need you!
If you wish to contribute, simply follow the procedure described in the email below or contact us.
As we know that December is a busy period, we decided to extend the deadline to Jan 30.

06 Dec 2017

OpenMinTeD tender call

Dear all,
We are happy to announce the OpenMinTeD call for TDM software and
knowledge resources. Researchers, innovators, SMEs and service providers
are asked to submit a proposal to develop and integrate their software
or knowledge resource into the OpenMinTeD infrastructure. The winners of
the call will be awarded € 7.000 (small bids) or € 17.500 (larger bids)
to implement their plans. The deadline for proposals is 14 January 2018.
More information is available on
OpenMinTeD website: