On-Farm Data Sharing (OFDS) WG

WG

Group details

Chair(s): 
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

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.