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  • 1. GeoFARMatics 2010International Conference24-26 November 2010 |Cologne, Germany THE COLOGNE DECLARATION The EU-funded projects FutureFarm, agriXchange and CAPIGI-network which joined together in GeoFARMatics 2010 in Cologne, Germany, from 24th-26th November 2010, recognised that agri-food and rural ICT must be an essential part of the European Digital Agenda for 2020. The process of building the Rural Knowledge Society started by the Valencia declaration helps to reduce the digital divide between rural and urban communities in Europe. However, new changes in the global food supply, growing demands on food quality and quantity, energy demands and environmental aspects introduce new demands on future knowledge management. The objective of future knowledge management should be to enable the agri- food and rural communities to react adequately to these changes. For this reason, knowledge management has to become part of the agri-food and rural production system. This requires a clear vision, which has to be based on discussions with farmers, experts, politicians and other stakeholders. Therefore the participants declare: That ICT and knowledge management for all rural communities including agri-food have become a vital part of the Digital Agenda for Europe 2020. The single digital market, Future Internet, sharing of knowledge, social networks, protection of data and open access to information will be essential for farming and rural communities. The imperative aspects are the following: 1. Policy and Leadership page 1 (of 5)
  • 2. This should be facilitated by: (a) including representatives of ICT for Agriculture and rural development specialists into the legislative processes of the European Communities leading to the definition of priorities of the Digital Agenda; (b) raising awareness and establishing a social platform for exchange of information among key participants, especially rural communities; (c) supporting a platform for standardisation of information inside rural communities and the agri-food sector but also between the agri-food sector and other sectors; (d) including rural knowledge management as an essential part of the future European Strategic Development plan; (e) building a coherent strategy for rural public sector information management.2. Research and InnovationThe development of knowledge-based systems for the farmingsector has to be supported by ICT focused on: • Future Internet and Internet of things including sensor technology and machine to machine communication; • Service Oriented Architecture as a key element of architectures for future knowledge management systems; • The power of Social Networks and Social Media or so called knowledge internet; • Management and accessibility of geospatial information as a key information source for any decision;On the application side the focus has to be on: • ICT applications for the complete traceability of production, products and services throughout a networked value chain including logistics; • Collaborative environments and trusted sharing of knowledge and supporting innovations in agri-food and rural areas, especially supporting food quality and security; • ICT applications supporting the management of natural resources and rural development. page 2 (of 5)
  • 3. • ICT applications reducing administrative burdens in rural areas3. Future Technological SolutionsFuture Internet architectures must reflect the needs andspecificity of rural communities. It has to be resilient,trustworthy and energy-efficient and designed to support openaccess and increasing heterogeneity of end-points. Networksshould sustain a large number of devices, many orders ofmagnitude higher than the current Internet, handle largeirregular information flows and be compatible with ultra highcapacity, end-to-end connectivity. Service OrientedArchitectures have to provide methods for systemsdevelopment and integration where systems group functionalityaround business processes and package these as interoperableservices. The future development of technology has to be basedon a broader utilisation of social networks. It is important tosupport the development of machine-readable legislation,guidelines and standards to integrate management informationsystems with policy tools.4. StandardisationMajor priorities for future knowledge systems will be theintegration and orchestration among services based on semanticintegration of collaborative activities, including semanticcompatibility for information and services, as well asontologies for collaboration. .5. Social organisation of knowledge managementThe concept of Trust Centres has to represent an integratedapproach to guarantee the security aspects for all participants inthe future farm. There will be a growing importance ofprotection of privacy and IPR because trust of information isone from the priorities for all rural communities. Pan EuropeanSocial Networks have to support trust centres and enable suchtechnologies as cloud applications and which will have toguarantee knowledge security.6. Social and Human AspectsRural businesses are usually small or medium size businessesaccording to the number of people they employ and soknowledge management and internal processes are different page 3 (of 5)
  • 4. from large companies. Future knowledge systems have to bebased on each community’s own concepts of value, culturalheritage and a local vision of a preferred future. The objectiveis to develop human-centred reference models of sustainablerural life-styles that overcome social divisions and exclusionand include unique rural features and create new ruralbusinesses and social infrastructures and attractive computer-based education.7. Environmental AspectsSocietal and political pressures for increased environmentalstandards are expected. It will be necessary to discuss suchaspects as the utilisation of GM production and environmentalaspects of bio fuel production. These aspects will, on one side,require exact economical, health and environmentalmathematical analysis and, on the other side, public discussionand e participation on such decisions.In order to achieve these goals we, the participants of theconference, “GeoFarmatics 2010” meeting in Cologne, call onall Public Administrations, Governments and the businesssector, to support this declaration and assist in the realization ofthe Digital Agenda for 2020 for rural development. We entreatall public and private agents to create a new strategicframework of cooperation to promote: A. Defined key objectives for the agri-food and rural Digital Agenda for 2020; B. Support for the development of future internet technologies and the internet of things; C. Support for social networking to reach consensus about future environmental, economical and social priorities of agri-food and rural strategies; D. The initiation of a continuous e-conference of all stakeholders to define a clear future strategy and priorities; E. Support for new ICT and knowledge-based solutions supporting the development of future generations of rural businesses; F. Support the development of knowledge technologies to guarantee, in the future, high quality food production; G. Open public discussion on how to solve future problems and to secure food production versus the production of energy and environmental benefits. page 4 (of 5)
  • 5. 26th November 2010 page 5 (of 5)

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