status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Imma Subirats Coll, Patricia R. Bello Bertin, Cynthia Parr

Group Email: [group_email]

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Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 200 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 data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability, and it is a forum for sharing experience and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data.

 

One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date, five successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data InteroperabilityAgriSemanticsOn-Farm Data Sharing and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play an active role at the RDA Plenaries.

 

Objectives

  • To promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability
  • To provide a platform for networking and cross-fertilization of research ideas in data management and interoperability
  • To solicit and promote interactions and projects among the major international institutions and groups worldwide which work on agricultural research and innovation
  • To achieve data interoperability

 

Working Groups

 

Birds of Feather Groups


 

Events at RDA Plenaries

 

The RDA holds its plenary meetings every six months at different locations around the world. Built around the RDA Working and Interest Group meetings the sessions are designed to consolidate the RDA’s work and that of its interest groups in building social and technological bridges towards open data sharing. IGAD’s role since its inception at the RDA Gothenburg has expanded with every successive Plenary. The outcomes of the Wheat Data Interoperability Group have proved to be a success and the challenge is now on to replicate those successes with other groups, e.g. the Rice Group.

IGAD has used the Plenary meetings as a place to reach out and forge new alliances with other groups, as well as creating new offshoot groups aimed at specific solutions. During Plenary sessions IGAD has hosted a wide array of speakers and discussions and it continues to work alongside major international initiatives among others.


 

RDA Webinar Series on Agriculture

 

At the last IGAD/RDA Plenary Meeting 14 at the University of Helsinki (Finland), the IGAD community agreed to start a webinar series to enable high quality presentations and discussions to happen even if we cannot all be together in person at RDA. The Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) exists to facilitate coordination and progress among a community of international data experts. These webinars will allow us keep up with cutting edge developments in agricultural data, and will encourage the free flow of ideas.

  • Title: Global Long-term Experiments in Agriculture Network (GLTEN) Metadata Portal

Date: 20 November, 2019

Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llxMwjhRKpk&feature=emb_logo 

More information: http://aims.fao.org/capacity-development/webinars/rda-webinar-series-agriculture-%E2%80%98global-long-term-experiments

 

  • Title: Mobilizing Capacity Development for Bridging the Digital Divide in Agriculture

Date: 12 December, 2019

Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEfFRtOkuOo&feature=emb_logo

More information: http://aims.fao.org/capacity-development/webinars/rda-webinar-series-agriculture-mobilizing-capacity-development

 

  • Title: Collaborative Open Plant Omics (COPO): Extending the frontiers of “FAIR” Data in Agriculture

Date: 12 February, 2020

Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yqyFo_Ms0&feature=emb_logo

More information: http://aims.fao.org/capacity-development/webinars/copo-extending-frontiers-data 

 

  • Title: The update of agricultural ontologies in Japan - Agricultural Activity Ontology and Crop Vocabulary

Date: 24 March, 2020

Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=244&v=C8Z3YWqp2Vs&feature=emb_logo 

More information: http://aims.fao.org/capacity-development/webinars/rdaigad-webinar-series-update-agricultural-ontologies-japan

 

Posts

31
July
2020

DataOne Community Meeting 2020

by Debora Drucker

Maybe of interest to some group members:    
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29
June
2020

Ethical dimensions of Digital Feudalism in Agriculture

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues,   The increasing use of digital technology in agriculture has marked the start of a major transformation: Better services and products, innovations, enhanced decision making and increased profitability and productivity. But do small holder farmers really benefit equally, or even at all, from the benefits of data sharing? Moreover, do all stakeholders in the agricultural sector have the same access and control to these insights? What concerns do farmers have on such issues as data ownership, access and control, security and privacy?[1]   
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23
June
2020

Register now for AGROVOC Editors Online Meeting Panel Session

by Imma Subirats Coll

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11
June
2020

FAO & ICARDA bring you: Information 4 Innovation in Food and Agriculture

by Imma Subirats Coll

Dear colleagues, Just to share with you the upcoming event Information 4 Innovation in Food and Agriculture (I4IFA) that will be delivered from 29 June to 3 July 2020. This event is co-organized with ICARDA. During that week, FAO will host the 3rd AGROVOC Editorial Meeting and 2020 annual AGRIS community online meeting. In case you want to join, please use the links below for registration. If you have any comment or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ***@***.***. Kind regards, Imma
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09
June
2020

IGAD Virtual Meeting Survey

by Chelsey Scalese

Thank you to the more than 350 IGAD members that attended the most recent IGAD virtual meeting (25 to 28 May) focusing on IGAD/RDA : Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues.    If you attended one or more of the sessions, we would like to learn more about your experience. Your feedback will ensure the success of future IGAD meetings.  
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05
June
2020

Open Geospatial Science

by Suchith Anand

The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations. Details at https://ggim.un.org   
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04
June
2020

Available recordings and slides of the 2020 Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Online Meeting

by Imma Subirats Coll

Dear all, You can now access the slides sent by the speakers (we are missing some though) and recordings of the 2020 Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) online meeting at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lFGtSpa0pUsdUclAH7_NbfqefAX4RwAa8Ost...
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03
June
2020

More than 350 IGAD Members Participate in RDA/IGAD Week-Long Virtual Meeting

by Chelsey Scalese

At the most recent IGAD Online Virtual Meeting (25 to 28 May 2020), 350 IGAD members participated in a series of sessions dedicated to IGAD/RDA : Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues.
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30
May
2020

Examples needed for Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide for Zero Hunger Aim

by Suchith Anand

Open Earth observations and Geographic Information Systems are key in supporting and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 on Zero Hunger.  Geographic Information Science is an important contributor to the advancement of human knowledge, as well to supporting and achieving the United Nations  2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [1].    
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27
May
2020

IGAD Online Meeting Session. Africa. Thursday, May 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 CEST and closure session at 16:00 CEST

by Imma Subirats Coll

Dear all, Thanks to all of you that have participated at the IGAD Online Meeting Sessions since Monday! The IGAD first virtual meeting has been followed by more than 250 people so far. We still have two sessions to go, one dedicated to Africa with speakers from Nigeria and Ethiopia and the Closure session. · IGAD Online Meeting Session. Africa, registration link at https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqf-uvpjwiHtd1ENYEeV0U1s8_Iaa852rA
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