Presenters: Daniel Jiménez (Leader of the Big Data expert group, DAPA) & Edgar Torres (Leader, Rice Program, AGROBIODIVERSITY)
Title: BIG DATA: BIG DATA ANALYSIS: is it a solution to understand Big Problems? . The case of yield variation of rice in Colombia
Cukier and Mayer-Schönberger (2013) stated “As the telescope enabled us to comprehend the universe and the microscope allowed us to understand germs, the new techniques for collecting and analyzing information will help us to make sense of our world in ways we are just starting to appreciate”. We subscribe to this view and nowadays in agriculture we have the capacity to capture, analyze, store and share agricultural information in ways which 10 years ago was considered science fiction. The amount and variety of agricultural data generated by multiple individuals and organizations using a huge range of techniques and technologies is growing exponentially. We believe that the next agricultural (r)evolution will come from the development of innovation systems that harness agricultural data from multiple sources, to generate new knowledge that will increase agricultural productivity moving beyond blanket technological solutions towards a system of dynamic site-specific management, which are sensitive and responsive to climate, soil and local socio-economic conditions.
In this seminar, CIAT's researchers will share how several databases that have been collected for different purposes and shared by FEDRARROZ (the country-wide association of rice growers in Colombia), have been used to obtain important insights to support FEDEARROZ on how to be more efficient managing rice at site-specific level.
Mayer-Schonberger, V., Cukier, K., 2013. ). Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think