On-Farm Data Sharing (OFDS) WG


Group details

Tom Morris, Nicolas Tremblay
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel

Farmers have the capability as they have never had before to critically evaluate management practices using field-scale replicated strip trials. Farmers have gained this powerful capability because yield monitors on combines enable accurate measurement of yields. Networks of farmers have become increasingly common to exploit the potential of yield monitors to evaluate management practices at the field level. Networks of farmers have also become increasingly common because farmers understand the power of evaluating management practices across many fields. Collection of results from strip trials across many fields requires protocols for data stewardship, that is, for data reporting, sharing and archiving. All farmer networks have developed data stewardship protocols. The protocols, however, vary from network to network, and the protocols are not easily accessible to people outside the networks. Creation of a standardized set of protocols for data stewardship that are publicly available would promote the formation of new farmer networks. More importantly, the creation of standardized protocols, especially for confidentiality and sharing of data, would enable the combining of results from many networks into one secure database. A combined database would facilitate analyses across space and time that would provide much more useful and robust answers to many applied questions about crop production practices, which would increase profitability and decrease environmental pollution caused by food production.

Recent Activity

27 Jul 2017

Panel proposal for the International Conference, ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’

Dear all,

Together with the CODATA Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation, RDA/IGAD has prepared an abstract to submit a panel proposal for the International Conference, ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’. We would appreciate your feedback, and also to know who from the RDA/IGAD community would like to participate

17 May 2017

Minutes from the IGAD/RDA Pre-meeting 3-4 April 2017

Dear all,

Sharing with you the minutes of the IGAD/RDA Pre-meeting 3-4 April 2017 at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jw23BzpXE0YVJg2a4_6tQuyg3FBRjhBvD6Pnf8xVQdo/edit?usp=sharing. For those that chair the discussion groups, we would appreciate very much if you can revise the notes 

Below detailed information about the event in general

Thanks to all for having joined the  IGAD/RDA Pre-meeting in Barcelona! And see you in Montreal!

Imma Subirats

12 May 2017

Invitation to the Interest Group in Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P10

Dear IGAD members,

I am pleased to send you the invitation to the Interest Group in Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P10 in Montreal (Canada), 17-18 September 2017. You can access the original invitation here (this document remains updated): 



10 Mar 2017

RDA/IGAD Pre-Meeting April 3th to 4th - Last news

Some new information on the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting  that will be held on April 3th to 4th, before the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting at the Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona. We are pleased to share the meeting agenda and information on the venue with you.

The agenda is available at: http://bit.ly/2m8I3BU

Please note that lunch and coffee of both days are covered.