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OSFair2017 Workshop | The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector

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Thomas Bartzanas talks about the importance of open data in the agri-food sector | OSFair2017 Workshop

Workshop title: The roadmap to better food: using ICT an open data to overcome barriers in the agriculture value chain

Workshop overview:
The session will discuss infrastructures for open science in the agri-food domain. It will also discuss the issue and the importance of open data for agricultural and agri-food communities and science.

Presentation abstract:
Half of the European Union's land is farmed. This fact alone highlights the importance of farming for the EU's economy, employment, energy use and environment. The globalization of markets has increased the competitiveness whereas the consumers’ needs for healthy, safe and locally produced products highlighting the need for high quality production.

According to Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the next 20 years world food production must increase by 50%, while 80% of that increase must come from intensification. However this vital and crucial sector for the European agriculture economy is a sector under pressure due to several challenges (world population, water shortage, climate change, use of pesticides and fertilizers, energy use, food safety).

Agricultural production systems, and the policies and institutions that underpin global food security, are increasingly inadequate. Modern IT and data analysis tools are powerful and can really help meet the challenge of feeding a growing population in more resource-efficient and sustainable ways. Smart farming presents a viable solution to such problems. However, as smart machines, automation systems, robots and sensors crop up on farms and farm data grow in quantity and scope, farming processes will become increasingly data driven and data-enabled.

Currently there are a lot of stakeholders involved in the data collection and management in agriculture (companies, organizations, public authorities, farmers). However the accessible on all these data is still questionable. In this context open data has become and should more widely used within the agricultural data environment. The context under which open data should be used and analyzed in agro-food sector is presented together with some so far success stories.

When: DAY 1 - PARALLEL SESSION 1

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OSFair2017 Workshop | The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector

  1. 1. The roadmap to better food: Using ICT and Open Data to Overcome Barriers in the Agriculture Value Chain, Athens 6 September 2017 http://itema.cereteth.gr/ Τεχνολογικό Πάρκο Θεσσαλίας, 1η ΒΙ.ΠΕ Βόλου The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector Thomas Bartzanas Research Director Coordinator Greek innovation Agro-Food platform
  2. 2. A vital economical sector for EU  the largest manufacturing sector in Europe With a turnover of 1,050 € trillionin and employing 4 million people  a leading global exporter The agro-food industry is thus central to the wider, economic development of Europe as it develops over the next decades … a sector under pressure New emerging economies, (China, India & Brazil), are seeing export growth Over the last decade, Europe's share of the global food market has declined from 24% to 20%. Since Europe is increasingly unable to compete on cost alone, effective and rapid innovation will be needed to reverse this decline The European Agriculture Industry
  3. 3. Thechallenges
  4. 4. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair
  5. 5. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair
  6. 6. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair The way forward: ”increased productivity in a sustainable manner”
  7. 7. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Towards a more smart farming model
  8. 8. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Smart Farming / Precision Farming
  9. 9. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Cycle of Smart Farming Big data in the cloud Smart control Smart analysis and planning Smart sensing and monitoring Arable  Robotics and sensors  Seeding, Planting, crop health, yiled monitoring  Precision farming  Weather/climate data, yield data, market information Livestock  Biometric sensing, GPS, tracking  Breeding monitoring  Milk robots  Livestock movements Horticulture  Robotics and sensors, greenhouse computers  Lighting, energy management  Climate control  Weather/climate, market information S.Wolfert et al. / Agricultural Systems 153 (2017) 69–80
  10. 10. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair …. too much information….too much data
  11. 11. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair One of the most promising routes to agriculture modernisation is the provision of Open Data to all interested parties The use and wide dissemination of these data sets is strongly advocated by a number of global and national policy makers such as:  The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition G-8 initiative  FAO of the UN  DEFRA & DFID in UK  USDA & USAID in the US In an era of Big Data, one of the most promising routes to achieve R&D excellence in agriculture is Open Data, and in particular: provisioning, maintaining, enriching with relevant metadata and making openly available a vast amount of open agricultural data
  12. 12. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Open data is not always that useful ….  Messy data  Should be collected/fused  Should be filtered  Should be validated  Should be enriched with metadata to become discoverable  Should be standardized to allow interoperability
  13. 13. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Data Sources
  14. 14. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Data sourcing and handling: for the data consumer Data maintenance Provenance Provenance Data availability Trusted sources GODAN. 2011. Statement of Purpose
  15. 15. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Data sourcing and handling: for the data provider Licensing Dataset issues Data structure Data size and speed Security GODAN. 2011. Statement of Purpose
  16. 16. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Sharing framework Link data to other data for context Make data referenceable Ensure data is in non- proprietary format Make the data structured Make data available GODAN. 2011. Statement of Purpose
  17. 17. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair FOODIE Farm-Oriented Open Data in Europe, known simply as FOODIE, is an open data initiative based in Europe with ambitions to help agriculture across the globe. It aims to increase efficiency and open new opportunities for all involved in planning, growing and delivering food to the market place. BOER & BUNDER, Open data for farmers and plot development In The Netherlands a web application has been launched that aims to improve accessibility to open data, unlocking valuable information that can aid the work of farmers and those involved in agriculture and the environment. Currently the have 1000 to 1500 daily users. The challenge they are facing is filtering all the existing information and presenting it in ways that can be used and valued by the average busy farmer Success stories
  18. 18. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair AGRIS, Domain, community and database on agricultural open data AGRIS main objective is to improve access and exchange of information related to agricultural research. AGRIS is not only technology and services, but also a community. In total it presently offers 1.3 million links in full text and has data from more than 150 partner organisations across the globe. GLOBAL YIELD, Crop yield research The Global Yield Gap Atlas has been set up to support efforts to achieve the highest possible crop yields from existing farmland. The Atlas provides a range of information, offering relevant data to policy makers, researchers and industry. The current rate of yield increase for major food crops is not fast enough to meet demand on existing farmland Success stories http://www.godan.info/documents/godan-success-stories-issue-2 Find more success stories at:
  19. 19. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair An integrated system for rational water use in agriculture Success stories
  20. 20. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 584 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations. http://www.godan.info
  21. 21. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Instead of conclusions…….What more is needed…. GODAN. 2011. Statement of Purpose  Finding business models that provide incentives for various entities to collect and share data.  Leading by example by providing open data sources. Syngenta has already done this by publishing data about the results of its Good Growth Plan.  Encouraging data standards that make it easier to produce and share data. In doing so, stakeholders will need to have reasonable expectations of how these standards will be used.  Automating data collection. Automatically collected data is more likely to be accurate and precise than data collected by hand.  Annotating datasets. Even automatically collected data cannot be used if it is not described in a consistent and understandable way.  Following data sharing principles. The five-star maturity model and the FAIR principles provide guidelines for creating and sharing data.  Using the data. All of the best data sharing efforts have little impact if the data is not used in a productive way. Stakeholders must encourage a cottage industry of data-backed apps that get the most value from datasets
  22. 22. Τάκης Τλούπας, Ο φωτογράφος της Θεσσαλικής γης
  23. 23. The importance of open data in the Agro-Food sector, Thomas Bartzanas, Athens 6 September 2017 / Open Science Fair Thomas Bartzanas Research Director, CERTH/iBo bartzanas@ireteteth.certh.gr / thomas.bartzanas@gmail.com Tel: 24210-96748 / Fax: 24210-96750

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