On-Farm Data Sharing (OFDS) WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel
WGs Producing deliverables (~6-12 months after RDA endorsement)

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

08 Feb 2018

RDA P11 programme_Swap of IGAD Sessions

Dear all,
I would like to inform you about a swap of the IGAD sessions during the RDA P11 Plenary:
IG Agricultural Data (IGAD) - RDA 11th Plenary meeting
The session will take place on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 16:00 - 17:30
RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: Supporting effective engagement with research & open data in the agriculture and nutrition. Lessons from IGAD & GODAN Action
The session will take place on Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 15:30 - 17:00
More information about the RDA P11 programme:

07 Feb 2018

Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P11 - AGENDA!

Dear all,

Please find at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1huqhmoh0AHeq2L0MbBAuMXYC2eXV2YwvsQ7pKbJu3WY/edit?usp=sharing the preliminary agenda for the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P11. 

The agenda is open for comments until Friday, particularly in case you can not attend or you have any problems with the scheduled slot for your presentation.

23 Jan 2018

Comments requested on "Minimum required data collection strip trials"

Please comment the document "Minimum require data collection strip trials" to be found in the repository. It contains a list of minimum data reporting requirements for on-farm replicated strip trials harvested by combines with yields measured by yield monitors and is targeted to corn.


Your input would be appreciated in order to suggest complements or corrections. We would also appreciate suggestions to link elements that could be linked to existing RDA or external resources.


Tom and I would appreciate your feedback by February 10, 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

04 Dec 2017

Fwd: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] FW: OGC and RDA

Dear all,
Just a quick reminder of Imma's request (email below) for each Working Group to send in a couple of slides informing the last developments, so that I can use them during the OGC Agriculture DWG meeting on Thursday (http://ogcmeet.org/). Also, it would be useful to know if any of you will also participate in the event.
Thanks very much,
Patrícia Rocha Bello Bertin, PhD
Supervisor for Transparency and Data Governance
Secretariat for Management and Institutional Development (SGI)

13 Nov 2017


Dear all,
IGAD has been invited to report about the last developments at the OGC Agriculture DWG meeting in December. On behalf of IGAD, Patricia, co-chair, will participate with a presentation (30min) remotely. Could we kindly ask to all the WG chairs to submit a couple of slides with a summary of the last developments of your WGs during the next weeks? In case that any of you would like to have a more proactive participation, please let us know.
Imma Subirats
On behalf of IGAD/RDA chairs