The agriXchange aXTool to support knowledge sharing on information exchange in agriculture
Coordination and support of setting up a network for developinga system for common data exchange in the agricultural sectorThe aXTool: a supportive tool in data exchangeharmonization work for interoperability ofinformation systems in agricultureSjaak Wolfert (LEI Wageningen UR, NL)Liisa Pesonen (MTT Agrifood research, FI)Esther Mietzsch (KTBL, DE)EFITA 2013Turin, Italy, 26 June 2013
Problem statement• increasing, complex requirements forhandling of data that are part of variousprocesses• how to deal with existing installed base ofinformation systems?• how to integrate these systems smoothly?– need for integrative framework– need for coordination network
Objective: Living Lab platformcasesdiscussionforumcreates coherencedevelopscreates/addsuses boostsinitiatesIntegrativeframeworkStandards, webservices, guidelines• precision fertilization• spraying advice• controlled traffic farming• sensor-based data processing• sustainability reporting• land parcel identification andregistration• benchmarking• Geo-Field-Optimisation-Service• Quality Management System
Target groups• directly: information systems/toolsdevelopers, standardization bodies• indirectly: farmers, advisors, etc.• Challenges:– Support in looking for existing solutions– Ability to contribute knowledge and solutionsBuild interactive, information-rich communityof practice
Work packagesWP1ProjectcoordinationandmanagementWP5 Synthesis, recommendations anddefining SRAWP3 Set-up of agriXchange platformWP4 Development of a referenceframework for interoperability(tested against use cases)WP2 Analysis of current situation inEU-27WP6Stakeholderintegrationanddissemination
Interfaces betweenactors can bepicked upUse cases - narrow scope”Arrows”- data content- data format- protocols- existing standards- best practices- dictionaries, ontologies
Use case description template• Name of the use case *• Short description*• Relevance for Europeanagri-sector• Relevant countries orregions• Relevant parties• Relevant “conditions” *– Standards used in the usecase– Dictionaries– Regulations and legislation– Technologies• Definition of use casevariants• Description of theinformation exchangeprocesses and exchangeddata; data dictionaries andtheir interconnection *• Known issues andbottlenecks forharmonization• Proposed recommendationsand solutions forharmonization
aXToolWide ScopeUse caseName & purposeDetails;- diagram- information modelNarrow ScopeInterfaceName & purposeDetails;- meta data- new- modified- user experience- links; std., apps- recipe- examplesUsageGroupingInterestgroupsThemegroupsUsersDevelopersModellersBusinessusersScopeNarrowWideQualitymanagementContributorsNameemail addressOrganisationCommunity + linkSearchContributeDiscussion> forming networksEvaluation by userexperienceFunctionsContent classifiedaccording to aXRIM
agriXchange reference framework• provides structured aid for developing interoperablesystems in agriculture• contributor is guided step-by-step, supported byintelligent search functions• provides a rich knowledge base of existing use cases• knowledge is structured so that it can be re-usedeasilyCurrent platform contains 9 use cases, 24 interfaces and20 standardsConclusions
• Platform is established– network of people (community of practice)– LinkedIn community: > 900 users!• How can the platform become self-supportive after the end of the project?– Platform for other projects (e.g. ICT-agri)?– Adopted by standardisation bodies?Beyond agriXchange?
Coordination and support of setting upa network for developing a system forcommon data exchange in theagricultural sectorcontact:Sjaak Wolfert (coordinator)LEI Wageningen URsjaak.firstname.lastname@example.org: +31 624 135 790more information:www.agriXchange.eu
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