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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
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.
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