Keynote: Digital Opportunities in Agriculture


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Keynote: Digital Opportunities in Agriculture

  1. 1. Digital Opportunities in Agriculture Partners Influencing Digital Productivity: Agriculture November 22, 2013 Professor Mike Keppell Executive Director Australian Digital Futures Institute Director, Digital Futures - CRN
  2. 2. Overview nDynamic nDigital landscape citizenship nFacilitating nVirtual mobility extension nConnected learning
  3. 3. Dynamic Landscape
  4. 4. Horizon Report
  5. 5. Will 3D Printing Change the World?
  6. 6. Connectivism ‣ Knowledge has changed to networks and ecologies (Siemens, 2006). ‣ Need improved lines of communication in networks. ‣ “Connectivism is the assertion that learning is primarily a network-forming process” (p. 15).
  7. 7. Digital Citizenship
  8. 8. What is Digital Identity? n Safe and engaged digital citizenship n Appropriate and responsible technology use n Digital wellness n Home_Page.html
  9. 9. What is Digital Identity? n How you portray, represent yourself online n Rich ways of communication n Digital etiquette n Digital ethics
  10. 10. Digital Identity Spaces
  11. 11. Digital Footprints
  12. 12. I can see a day in the not too distant future (if it’s not already here) where your “digital footprint” will carry far more weight than anything you might include in a resume or CV (Betcher, 2009) ! digitalfootprint/
  13. 13. Digital Literacies
  14. 14. Rapport with technology
  15. 15. Digital Literacies n Literacy is no longer “the ability to read and write” but now “the ability to understand information however presented.”
  16. 16. Wheeler Digital Literacies n Social networking skills n Transliteracy skills n Maintaining Privacy n Managing Identity n Creating content n Organising and sharing content n Reusing/repurposing content n Filtering and selecting content n ! ! Self broadcasting
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  18. 18. Europe - Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2012 n 73% of EU 27 households had access to the internet n A lack of skills is the second most important reason for not having access to the internet n Only 53% of the labour force - confident that they had sufficient digital skills to change jobs. n Age, gender, and education remain the key challenges. Older people, women, those with lower levels of education tend to have lower level digital skills. n ! ! !
  19. 19. Literacy is a contested concept n There is currently no universally accepted definition of media literacy, information literacy, digital literacy, or even of “media” itself. n The digital divide is much more than a ‘technology access’ divide; without the skills to use the technologies an even greater divide emerges – the information literacy divide. n unesco_mil_indicators_background_document_2011_final_en.pdf
  20. 20. Digital Futures Collaborative Research Network !
  21. 21. Research Capacity Building Partnership with ANU & UniSA $5.1 million 91 Researchers 5 projects Leadership Development Program
  22. 22. Project 1: Facilitating Mobility n Developing an evaluation framework for mobile learning ! Goal: This project will form the foundation for a program of research in mobile learning that will support exploration of the changing nature of learning in a connected age.
  23. 23. Project 3: Virtual Extension n Investigating the impact of a webbased, 'discussion-support', agricultural-climate information system on Australian farmers' operational decision making n Goal: To develop and test the effectiveness of a technology rich learning environment to help farmers make complex decisions around climate risk management.
  24. 24. Supporting Decision-Making in the Sugar Industry with Integrated Seasonal Climate Forecasting Roger C Stone1 Shahbaz Mushtaq1 Torben Marcussen 1 Yvette Everingham2 Neil Cliffe1 Lynda Brunton 1 1. ACSC, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) , Toowoomba, Australia; 2. James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia Introduction The Australian sugar industry is strongly influenced by both the impacts of daily weather and also seasonal climate variation. The success of the sugar industry depends heavily on capitalising on the opportunities and minimising the risks associated with climate variability along the supply chain. The excessive rainfall events and climate of the 2010/11 season have highlighted the critical need for improvement in more consistent and reliable delivery of accurate and useful climate forecasts with the aim of minimising the risks associated with sugar delivery and harvest management along the supply chain. Sugar production in Australia mainly occurs in discontinuous regions spanning 2100 km along the coast of eastern Australia within 50 km of the coastline. This region experiences extreme seasonal and annual variability in temperature and rainfall. Much of this inter-annual variability is due to the Pacific Ocean El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. The ability to more precisely forecast the extremes in our seasonal climate patterns for all key sugar growing regions and to fully develop knowledge on how this relates to industry planning is of vital practical and financial importance to the Australian sugar industry. Research objectives Harvested cane forecasting Develop appropriate climate forecast methods that also incorporate utilization of a discounted Targeted climate forecasting for key sugar producing regions Provision of regularly appraised and improved Targeted support tools and systems Development of appropriate decision support planning tools for 'harmonising' sugarcane harvesting management along
  25. 25. Project 5: Connected Learning n Agricultural n Identifying opportunities and ways forward n Intelligent n knowledge management Using technology to collate and synthesize existing farm data to inform decision making n Intelligent n digital literacy eExtension Using farm input data to profile information needs (Known/Unknown) on farm – improved extension services tailored to needs
  26. 26. National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
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  28. 28. The Digital Rural Futures Conference 2014 Hosted by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba 25 – 27 June 2014 Regional Futures - maintaining healthy, resilient and vibrant regional communities. Agricultural Futures - increasing productivity, sustainable use of resources and embracing digital technologies to optimise Australia’s farming future. Digital Futures – building capacity to design and utilise emerging digital technologies and embrace their opportunities The conference is a Regional Universities Network (RUN) initiative For more information now, visit: Official Conference Website: (Go Live from December 2013)