Interest Group on Agricultural Data

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02 Jul 2014

Interest Group on Agricultural Data

Description / Abstract / Agenda: 

IG Agricultural Data Interoperability 1

Date & Time: BREAKOUT1 Monday 22 Sept 2014, 11.00 – 12.30

IG Agricultural Data Interoperability 2

Date & Time: BREAKOUT3 Monday 22 Sept 2014, 15.30 – 17.00

Agricultural Data Interest Group Chairs: Imma Subirats, UNFAO, Rome and Devika Madalli, India 

The Agricultural Data Interest Group (ADIG) 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.

Efforts will be made to get an active representation of the major international institutions, which work on agricultural research and innovation. It will take stock of existing problems and experiences and aims to pave the way for a number of domain specific working groups to make precise proposals for solution in specific area. This interest group will help to promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability.

Till P4

The Agricultural Data Interest Group was initiated at Plenary 1 at RDA meeting held at Gothenburg, Sweden. ADIG proposed and supports the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group that aims to provide a common framework for describing, representing linking and publishing wheat data with respect to open standards. Such a framework will promote and sustain wheat data sharing, reusability and operability.

Specifying the wheat linked data framework will require answering many questions, including which (minimal) metadata to describe which type of data; which vocabularies/ontologies/formats; and which good practices to be adopted. Mainly based on the needs of the Wheat Initiative Information System (WheatIS) in terms of functionalities and data types, the Agricultural Research Interest Group and the proposed Working Group will identify relevant use cases in order to produce a "cookbook" on how to produce "wheat data" that are easily shareable, reusable and interoperable.

ADIG at RDA Plenary4

The objective of the proposed ADIG meeting at RDA P4 is to solicit and involve the various stakeholders dealing with agricultural data in any way including major international institutions that work on agricultural research and innovation worldwide and address issues related to data that are important to the development of global agriculture. The group intends to bring together leaders and stakeholders in agricultural data initiatives to work towards feasible services in a technology-independent and standards-compliant platform for worldwide use by communities in agricultural sectors, and to represent all stakeholders producing, managing, aggregating, sharing and consuming data for agricultural research and innovation. The session is open to all. The chairs solicit participation of agricultural scientists including data managers, curators, researchers and scientists, information managers, domain specific information system managers and providers but not limited to the mentioned roles.

The IGAD meeting will be held in two sessions:

22nd September 2014:  Session 1: 11am – 12.30 pm

Session I: Introduction and Agriculture Data Initiatives:

1.) Introduction for Newcomers -- Devika Madalli, ISI,  Imma Subirats, FAO (10 min)

2) Update on GODAN Developments -- Hugo Besemer, Wageningen University (15 min)

3) Report on CIARD Good Practices

Presenting the RING as a global registry of datasets -- Valeria Pesce, GFAR/FAO ( 20 min)

4)  agINFRA Knowledge Fair

i. Short introduction to the agINFRA work on Linked Data -- Valeria Pesce, GFAR/FAO (15 min)

ii. agINFRA work on soil data -- Giovanni L’Abate, CRA (15 min)


22nd September 2014:  Session II : 15.30  – 17 hrs

Session II: Report from working groups

1)  Wheat Data Interoperability Group (1), (2) and (3)-- Esther Dzale, INRA, and Richard Fulss, CYMMIT (15 min)

2) Report on Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS) -- Caterina Caracciolo, FAO (15m)

3)  agINFRA Knowledge Fair (continued)

iii. agINFRA work on germplasm and soil Linked Data -- Luca Matteis (15 min)

iv. agINFRA work on Chinese germplasm data -- Guojian Xian, CAAS (15 min)

v. A campaign for opening agricultural data -- Ben Cave, 21c (15 min)

4) New Topics and Projects

5) Conclusions

Date & Time: 
Monday, 22 September, 2014 - 09:00
Groups audience: 
IGAD Community of Practice
Devika Madalli, Imma Subirats
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Do you plan to have more than one session? If so specify how many: 
2 sessions
Preference to avoid conflicting schedule with the following WG/IG/BoF group meetings: 
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