IG Agricultural Data (IGAD) - RDA 10th Plenary meeting

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07 June 2017 958 reads

Meeting title:

Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Meeting


A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group:

Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 125 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups. IGAD is a domain-oriented group working on all issues related to global agriculture data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data.

Beyond this IGAD promotes good practices in research with regard to data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability, and it is a forum for sharing experiences and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative supports its partners to join IGAD and participate actively to work on open data, data interoperability and capacity development. 

One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date one successful Working Group has formed under IGAD, the Wheat Data Interoperability, and four more are in their inception phase the Rice Data Interoperability, Soil Data, AgriSemantics and On-Farm Data Sharing all playing an active role at the most recent RDA 9 in Barcelona (Spain). GODAN is actively promoting the membership of these working groups to its partners and some will function as GODAN working groups.


Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:



Meeting objectives:

To report about the results of the IGAD/RDA Pre-Meeting that will take place on September 17/18


Meeting agenda

The meeting agenda is still under development, but it will cover the discussions during the IGAD/RDA Pre-Meeting. The thematic topics and cross topics, such as data representation, publishing, interoperability and discoverability (e.g. FAIR principles) and institutional approaches (e.g. north-south and south-south collaboration) will be part of the meeting. The WGs and proposals for WGs will also report during the session:

- AgriSemantics
- Rice Data Interoperability 
- Wheat Data Interoperability 
- Soil Data Interoperability
- On-Farm Data Sharing
- Metrics and indicators in agricultural science
- Capacity development in the context of research data in agriculture 


Target audience:
(suggested but not limited to)
- Policy makers on Data management in Agriculture,
- Government representatives, funders, representatives of international agencies – UN, EU etc
- Agriculture domain experts, researchers, academicians
- Data providers, data publishers
- Data managers, data mining experts, data analysts
- Librarians, data curators


Group chair serving as contact person: Imma Subirats Coll

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Auditorium

Session Time:  Wednesday 20 September, Breakout 3, 16:00 - 17:30

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