Agrisemantics WG


Group details

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

The group started in Jan 2017 and should close shortly. 

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. 39 Hints to Facilitate the Use of Semantics for Data on Agriculture and Nutrition: Recommendations from the RDA Agrisemantics Working Group (for community review, please send your comments)

Ongoing activities

  • We are considering pathways for the adoption of the recommendations by the targeted stakeholders (data managers, semantics profesionnals, software developers, and policy makers and funders): paper; conferences, GO FAIR IN, institutional projects, and services etc.
  • We are considering the future of the group in RDA and outside

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. P14 in Helsinki: Agrisemantics recommendations adoption

Past group events:

  1. P13 in Philadelphia: Agrisemantics Working Group wrap-up and next steps
  2. Agrisemantics @ MTSR 2018: Semantics for Data in Agriculture: A Community-Based Wish List 10.31220/
  3. IGAD pre-meeting in Berlin, March 19-20 (slides 17 to the end)
  4. RDA P11 in Berlin, March 21-23 (slides 1 to 16)
  5. RDA P10 - Agrisemantics: Towards Community-driven Use Cases of Semantics for Data Interoperability in Agriculture
  6. IGAD RDA Pre-meeting in Montreal: breakout session and 10' presentation (Defining the agrisemantics vision)
  7. IGAD RDA Pre-meeting in Barcelona: 10' presentation of WG first results
  8. 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
  9. RDA P9 - WG Agrisemantics: Landscaping the support of semantics for data interoperability in agriculture 
  10. panel @MTSR


Recent Activity

09 Jan 2020

Minutes from group call Jan 7th

Group call #3 - Jan 7th 2020
Present: Caterina, Sophie, Catherine, Emna, Romain, Leyla
Regrets: Clement
Agreed to organize duty sharing by tasks (e.g. writing, bib, ..). Below the list of tasks identified during the call, plus volunteers proposed. Extra tasks or more/different volunteers may be proposed before next call. Next call will be dedicated to assessing this organization and the progress made.
Tasks - Volunteers
1. Writing - Caterina, Sophie, Emna
2. Bibliography - Leyla (mgt of bib app), Romain (proposals for refs)

07 Jan 2020

Special Issue "Semantic Technologies Applied to Agriculture" (deadline extended: 31 March 2020)

Dear all,
   The deadline for submissions to the Special Issue "Semantic
Technologies Applied to Agriculture"
of the Applied Science journal (IF= 2.217, has been extended to March 31st,
2020. Your contributions would be very much welcomed.
Best regards,

17 Dec 2019

reminder: group call at 4:30pm CET today

Kind reminder.
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Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:00 PM
To: ***@***.***
Cc: Brandon Whitehead <***@***.***>; ***@***.***
Subject: [rda-agrisemantics-wg] RE: [rda-agrisemantics-wg] agrisemantics group call for a paper based on the group...
Dear all,
Here a brief summary of yesterday's call.

11 Dec 2019

Next IGAD Meeting Spring 2020

Dear all,

We are currently organizing the next IGAD meeting to take place in late April/early May 2020 in a different location and time than the RDA Plenary. The meeting will be around 1 and 1/2 days in duration and will be organized in Rome or Washington, D.C. depending on your preferences. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below to give us a better idea of the IGAD community's travel preferences, who would be interested in giving a presentation, and if there are any specific topics that you would like to focus on.

06 Dec 2019

RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open

RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (

04 Dec 2019

adoption of Recommendations from the RDA Agrisemantics Working Group

Dear all
I am a researcher from Irstea Center of Clermont-Ferrand.
The name of my laboratory is TSCF: Technologies and information systems
for agricultural systems
We are data producer, data manager and data consummer.
We build information system to help user to decide the best actions
based on various sensor measurements.

04 Dec 2019

RE: [rda-agrisemantics-wg] agrisemantics group call for a paper based on the group...

Dear all,
Here a brief summary of yesterday's call.
Present: Caterina, Sophie, Brandon, Catherine, Leyla, Romain.
Regrets: Clement
· The paper will go to the Data Science Journal, special issue on RDA results.
o Research paper, max 8000 words (= ~15-16 pages)
· Aiming at submitting by Feb 2020