status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Cynthia Parr, Debora Drucker, Valeria Pesce, Piotr Zaborowski, Marina Razmadze

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: [field_secretariat_liaison]


The Improving Global Agricultural Data (IGAD) Community of Practice, formerly called The Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD), came to life in Gothenburg (Göteborg, Sweden) in 2013 at the beginning of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and has since grown to include over 260 registered members, from across continents. IGAD is a domain-oriented interest group working on all issues related to food and agricultural data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for food and agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data.

 

Beyond this, IGAD promotes good practices and RDA Recommendations in the research domain, including data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability. As a forum for sharing experiences and providing visibility to research and work in food and agricultural data, IGAD has become a space for networking and blending ideas related to data management and interoperability. It also provides fertile ground to reach out and promote projects among other international organizations and institutions working in food and agricultural research and innovation. On a logistical level, one of IGAD’s chief roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups.

 

For more information on why IGAD should transition to become the “Improving Global Agricultural Data” Community of Practice, described further in the “Objectives” section. Benefits and alignment with RDA goals are described below under the Value Proposition section. 2. User scenario(s) or use case(s) the CoP wishes to address.
 

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

 

Former 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

11
February
2024

World Meteorological Organization reinvigorates relations with space agencies

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues In recognition of the vital role of satellite observations, WMO will reinvigorate its relationship with space agencies to strengthen cooperation in in an era of rapid climate, societal and technological change.   Space-based observing systems constitute approximately 90 percent of the data used in global numerical weather prediction models. They are the backbone of operations of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, providing invaluable insights that safeguard lives and property worldwide, 24/7.  
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11
February
2024

AzaadiSAT-2, placed into orbit by ISRO, was developed by 750 girl students from government schools across India

by Suchith Anand

Happy “AzaadiSAT-2” 1st anniversary. A satellite built by 750 girl students from 75 government schools across India.
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08
February
2024

Global Forum on the Ethics of AI

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues Thanks to UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia for organising the2nd Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: Changing the Landscape of AI Governance in Slovenia on 5-6 February 2024. This Forum brought together the experiences and expertise of countries at different levels of technological and policy development, for a focused exchange to learn from each other, and for a dialogue with the private sector, academia and a wider civil society.  Day 1 Recordings
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31
January
2024

Big Tech, democracy, human rights and corruption

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues I have shared my “Open Letter on the need for UK AI Laws to protect UK citizens”with Open Education Special Interest Group.  I have received an important question from an educator. I do not know the answer to the query that he has raised in the open discussion maillist. So I am sharing the question (details below) to the wider academic community. ============================ Hello all
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23
January
2024

WHO releases AI ethics and governance guidance for large multi-modal models

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidance on theethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs) – a type of fast growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care. The guidance outlines over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments, technology companies, and health care providers to ensure the appropriate use of LMMs to promote and protect the health of populations.
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08
January
2024

Building upon the Global Partnership on AI Ministerial Declaration New Delhi 2023

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues, Access to AI research, development and resources for deployment is primarily concentrated in the West. Despite AI’s power to redress current inequalities, this asymmetry threatens to reinforce the divide even further.  As Lead Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence in 2024, India aims to better include countries from the Global South in the conversation surrounding AI to: · Diversify perspectives of those involved in AI development  · Pool expertise and resources · Democratise knowledge and use of AI systems 
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02
January
2024

India welcomes 2024 with the launch of XPoSat to help unravel Universe's Big Mystery

by Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues, Happy New Year!  India welcomes 2024 with the successful launch of X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat), the second global polarimetric observatory after NASA's IXPE in 2021. Congratulations to all scientists at ISRO for the successful launch of XPoSat. It was launched from Sriharikota spaceport in India at 09:10 local time (03:40GMT) on 1st January 2024.
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22
December
2023

End-of-year update and happy holidays

by Valeria Pesce

Dear members of the IGAD Community of Practice, We would like to close the year by sending a quick update on latest events and new ideas.
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