The Big Data Europe Consortium, with its partners for societal challenge “food and agriculture” (SC2) FAO and AgroKnow and together with the e-ROSA H2020 CSA represented by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), organized a 2nd workshop on European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food, the third one in the series of Big Data Europe (BDE) workshops for this societal challenge.
The workshop was held on 31 March in Brussels at the CLORA premises.
The meeting was a follow-up to the 2nd BDE SC2 workshop / 1st policy workshop we held in September 2016.
We gathered together again a selected group of EC representatives (from DG AGRI, DG CONNECT, DG RTD, the e-ROSA project but also other initiatives) that are working on agendas or projects relevant either to open data and big data in general or more specifically to the use of data for food and agriculture, as well as a number of actors working in agricultural research and industry and already collaborating in international open data initiatives in our field.
The intention was to give the opportunity to EC representatives (from DG AGRI, DG CONNECT, DG RTD) to share with the community representatives the most recent developments in terms of funding agendas or projects relevant to big and open data in agriculture and food, and also to help projects in Europe to better shape and align their agendas in order to better serve the policy and strategy objectives of the EC.
The agenda was organized around two main sessions:
1) Data sharing for collaboration, where one of the key discussions was on how data sharing may enable collaboration, covering topics related to the European Science Cloud (EOSC), the FAIR principles, and the EIP AGRI Workshop on Data Sharing.
Wim Haentjens(DG RTD) presented the current status of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), he explained their work on governance, where they are trying to create an adequate level of representativeness from different country and different areas of science. He remarked the need of doing more research actions, more investments regional and private, and more international collaboration, as well as the urgency of a co-funding model. Wim identified the following points as main issues of the workshop :
- how to create a culture of data stewardship,
- how to explain the value of open data and sharing data,
- the FAIR principles,
- the research data infrastructure,
- mapping needs for scientific community.
Ana Cuadrado (DG AGRI) presented the current activities in research and innovation, focused on how to make farmers invest in technology. She introduced the EIP AGRI Data Sharing & Digital Innovation Hubs seminars that aims to connect people and existing initiatives that are able to provide technical and financial contribution to the Digital innovation hub. Johannes Keizer (GODAN) presented the eROSA vision and the stakeholder engagement within e-ROSA. Véronique Bellon Maurel (IRSTEA) presented AgGate, a French agricultural data platform, with the goal to facilitate open innovations for a data driven agriculture, to share benefits between actors. She emphasized the urgency to have an unique access to data, and the need to encourage data sharing. Richard Tiffin from the Agrimetrics Institute (UK), a big data centre of excellence, presented their work on building a federated data ecosystem in order to make data accessible, to facilitate data sharing, and to make data more valuable.
2) Building a European Data Economy, where the discussions were mainly about the recent EC communication on Building a European Data Economy and how the agriculture and food communities reflect on that. Some key data-powered H2020 large scale pilot initiatives were presented and discussed.
Saila Rinne (DGCONNECT) presented EU vision about building a European Data Economy and she remarked the problems related to the limited access to data, the lack of policy framework, and the contract terms for the weak parts. She also outlined the future EU actions regarding public consultations with members states to define next steps. Fabrizio Sestini (DGCONNECT) introduced the CAPS agenda & agri-food projects, he focused on enabling decentralised data governance, creating distributed architecture where each piece of user-generated information remains under the full control of the user who generated it. Nikos Manouselis, in his presentation: “Mapping the global data ecosystem”, introduced the first activity of the GODAN Data Ecosystem Working group, and he emphasized the importance of working together to build a powerful data ecosystem. Then two H2020 new projects were presented: Big Data Lighthouse Pilot DataBio by Karel Charvat, and the H2020 IoT pilot IoF2020 by Sjaak.
Presentations were followed by Q&A sessions and discussions.
All presentations are available on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/tag/BDESC2W3
All photos are available on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133018547@N06/albums/72157679197779933