RDA 9th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Agricultural Data (IGAD), WG Wheat Data Interoperability, WG Rice Data Interoperability, WG Agrisemantics

Meeting title

Joint Meeting IGAD, WDI WG, AgriSemantics WG and RDI WG Results of the IGAD Pre-Meeting RDA P9 adopting RDA outputs

Groups: IG Agricultural Data (IGAD), WG Wheat Data Interoperability, WG Rice Data Interoperability, WG Agrisemantics

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the groups: 

The Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) is a domain-oriented interest group working on all issues related to data relevant 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. IGAD promotes good practices in the research domain, covering aspects such as data sharing policies, data management plan and data interoperability. 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 of interest. 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 Wheat Data Interoperability (WDI) Working Group 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 come with many questions: which (minimal) metadata to describe which type of data? Which vocabularies/ontologies/formats? Which good practices? Mainly based on the the needs of the Wheat Initiative Information System (WheatIS) in terms of functionalities and data types, the 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.

The Rice Data Interoperability (RDI) Working Group aims to reinforce synergies between rice research & development organizations to support food security, nutritional value and safety while taking into account societal demands for sustainable and resilient agricultural production systems.

The goal of the Agrisemantics WG is to gather community-based requirements and use cases for an infrastructure that supports appropriate use of semantics for data interoperability, with special focus on agriculture.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/agriculture-data-interest-group-igad....
https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/wheat-data-interoperability-wg.html
https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/rice-data-interoperability-wg.html
https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/agrisemantics-wg.html 

Meeting objectives

The last IGAD Pre-Meeting took place in Tokyo (Japan) during the RDA P7, and focused on a wide range of topics within the agricultural research data management area as a preparation for the RDA 7th Plenary Meeting. 50 IGAD members – split into three key discussion groups, came up with concrete plans of action aimed at opening up access to agricultural data – the RDA’s mission. Here’s an overview of what was discussed. During the RDA P8 in Denver (CO, USA) in September 2016, IGAD presented the results of the working groups, and the pre-meeting was postponed to RDA P9 for logistics reasons.

The next pre-meeting will take place in Barcelona (Spain) before the RDA Plenary Meeting 9, and will provide an opportunity to evaluate how the group has evolved during the last months, what are the latest developments and to focus on research data management and semantics. For that, and following the successful methodology applied at P7, we are organizing a pre-meeting to showcase and discuss in the context of open and research data and with special attention to rice, wheat, other crops, agrisemantics and soil research data. The RDA IGAD community is ever expanding and adding interesting new topics to its portfolio. At the P9 pre-meeting, we are excited to invite participants to discuss new topics: capacity development for agriculture research data management, weather climate data and metrics and indicators in agricultural sciences. 

The two-day meeting, will include presentations during the first day, related to the topics below, while the second day will focus intensive discussions and interactions. Towards this objective, it is proposed to organize nine discussion groups around the following topics:

- Wheat and Rice Data Interoperability
- AgriSemantics
- Plant Research Data Interoperability
- Soil Data Interoperability (joint GODAN WG)
- On-Farm Data Sharing
- Metrics and indicators in agricultural science
- Climate/Weather Data
- Capacity development in the context of research data in agriculture (joint GODAN WG)

Meeting agenda

“Joint Meeting IGAD, WDI WG, Agrisemantics WG and RDI WG. Results of the IGAD Pre-Meeting RDA P9 adopting RDA outputs” (1:30”)

1. Summary of the first day of the pre-meeting
2. Panel session. Conclusions and results of the IGAD pre-meeting with 5 panelists:
2.1. Report about findings and conclusions of discussion groups from each chair:
- Wheat Data Interoperability
- Rice Data Interoperability
- AgriSemantics
- Other crop Research Data Interoperability
- Soil Data Interoperability (joint GODAN WG)
- On-Farm Data Sharing
- Metrics and indicators in agricultural science
- Climate/Weather Data
- Capacity development (joint GODAN WG)
2.2. Open discussion with the chairs of the pre-meeting discussions as panelists 
3. Wrap up

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

Group chairs serving as contacts: Imma Subirats Coll

Type of meeting: Working meeting