Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Meeting

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28 Jul 2020
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Meeting objectives: 

The objective of this session is to gather the IGAD community to discuss ongoing and future work directions, with a focus on the creation of a Crop Data Interoperability Working Group and the coordination of virtual sessions, following the success of the recently run event 'Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues'. 

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The agenda is still under development, but it can be anticipated that the first part of the meeting will explore the results of the week-long virtual meeting coordinated by the IGAD on May 2020 and ideas on how to build up and expand collaborations within the agricultural data community. The second part of the meeting will focus on an update regarding the proposal of the Crop Data Interoperability Working Group.

Target Audience: 

- 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

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Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

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.

The objectives of the IGAD are: 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; and to achieve data interoperability.

Since its creation in 2013, IGAD has used the RDA 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 the plenary sessions, IGAD has hosted a wide array of speakers and discussions and it continues to work alongside major international initiatives among others.


Short Group Status: 

Formed in 2013, since its inception the IGAD has grown in community strength to over 250 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups and an important platform to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups, such as the following: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data Interoperability, AgriSemantics and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play a key role in delivering Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) recommendations and good practices with regards to Agricultural Data Interoperability.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
IGAD co-chairs and invited members of the community