Joint Session between the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) & The Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

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03 January 2016 2700 reads
Date & time: Tuesday 1st March - 14:30 - 16:00 - Working Meeting Session 2
The Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) is a domain oriented interest group to work on all issues related to data important for the development of global agriculture. The interest group aims to represent all stakeholders producing, managing, aggregating, sharing and consuming data for agricultural research and innovation. This interest group aims to promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability. The chief benefit is that the IG provides a platform to share experiences and paves the way for a number of domain specific working groups to make precise proposals for solution in specific areas. IGAD provides visibility to research and work in Agriculture Data as a platform to liaise and form actively involved groups that would work together to achieve data interoperability.

The GODAN initiative was announced at the Open Government Partnership Conference in October 2013 following 2012 G8 discussions. Participants made commitments to Open Data for Agriculture at the International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture in Washington D.C. where USDA Secretary Vilsack was the Head of Delegation for the US Government. Subsequently the Governments of the United States and United Kingdom collaborated to form this global initiative. GODAN currently has 170 member globally.

GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.

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The Plenary 7 of the Research Data Alliance is scheduled to be held at Tokyo between March 1-3 March 2016. The Interest group on Agriculture Data (IGAD) of the RDA has convened meetings at all the RDA plenaries so far. The meeting at RDA P5 at San Diego resulted in identification of themes for discussions with an aim to facilitate interactions addressing particular areas of focus. Accordingly, in RDA P6 a focused pre-meeting was held in which the topics such as data access, semantics of agriculture data and soil research data management were discussed and deliberated upon. The results were presented at the plenary. Important initiatives and organizations such as INRA, GODAN, CIARD, CGAIR, UNFAO, CIMMYT among others will be represented. 

IGAD has grown in community strength and interactions and it is the aim to take this forward in focused manner to the plenary 7 of the RDA. At plenary 6 meeting of IGAD members enlisted the following dimensions for good agricultural data management:

• Awareness has to be raised for the necessity to open data repositories by researchers and private actors 
• Awareness has to be raised to implement good data management policies within institutions to support openness and standards that should be applied to data repositories. 
• Awareness has to be raised for the existence of tools and already existing standards that just have to be used in order to facilitate good data management

Furthermore, the linking between existing communities and initiatives was underlined in order to benefit from synergies and advocate for good data management. 

Of particular significance is the shared interest between the objectives of IGAD-RDA and GODAN initiative which is described as 'facilitation of sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable'. At the RDA plenary 7 it is proposed to take the IGAD-GODAN objectives forward by convening a meeting of stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on important issues and solutions such as agriculture data sharing, curation, interoperability, policy frameworks among other topics. 

Goals of this Joint Session

• To streamline the collaboration between Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative
• To solicit and promote interactions and projects between both initiatives particularly in the areas of advocating of openness on research data in agriculture and nutrition and building infrastructures for open data 
• To explore how to achieve better data interoperability in agriculture and nutrition

Meeting agenda
Joint Session between the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) & The Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) 1:30”

Introduction to IGAD and GODAN: common perspectives, common goals

Panel session Speakers TBC

Wrap up 

Conclusions and future paths for IGAD 

• Policy makers on Data management in agriculture and nutrition
• 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