On February 20th 2017, we had the pleasure to host a workshop at the premises of the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), co-organized together with the colleagues from the Laboratory of Viticulture.
Delegates from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and more specifically from the Agricultural Information Institute and the National Science Library, were also invited to present their research activities and the Big Data infrastructures that are being implemented in CAAS, in the scope of also exchanging knowledge, experience and ideas.
The workshop provided us with the excellent opportunity to present our use case pilot demonstrator, “VITIS”, that is being developed by Agroknow with support from the BigDataEurope Horizon 2020 project. VITIS exploits core technologies for serving specific real-world problems of the Viticulture Research Community by assessing research results produced through Basic and Applied Research. If anything and above all, research is a data-driven process, and although huge volumes of data may be compelling at a first glance, they are meaningless to the end-user without an interpretive structure.
Some of the key features of VITIS were presented, showcasing how the grapevine-powered industry is indeed addressing cross-sector problems by using a data spectrum extremely heterogeneous and big, including satellite, weather, genomic, phenotypic data to name a few. Data which fall in one or more of the four well known “V” categories of Big Data, Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity. Data which ultimately have to be turned into Value.
The workshop also included a small tour in the Experimental and Educational Vineyard of the Agricultural University of Athens, with the aim to show our Chinese colleagues the live picture behind the VITIS demonstrator, a direct view of where data combining both volume and variety are being produced: in the field.
More VITIS components and features are being developed as we speak, so stay tuned!
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2017 is the last year of the Big Data Europe project, but we look forward to other projects continuing work on big data and possibly taking up something of what BDE is doing, especially, in our case, for food and agriculture. Among projects led by some of our key stakeholders one that seems promising is the IoF2020 project.
The Internet of Food & Farm (IoF2020) consortium has been selected for a grant from the European Commission to investigate and foster a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) in the European farming and food domain.
IoF2020 consists of 73 partners from 16 countries and is coordinated by Wageningen UR.
The partnership also included another 4 Smart AKIS partners: CEMA-European Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural University of Athens, BioSense Institute and Arvalis (member of ACTA).
The funding is part of the prestigious Innovation action: Large Scale Pilots (Internet of Things) and further builds on results of the AgriFood projects in the EU FIWARE program. IoF2020 started on 1th January 2017 and will run 4 years.
The project builds around 5 trials, in the areas of fruit, vegetables, meat, arable and dairy, with 19 use cases. In these use cases technology readiness levels of IoT technologies will be upgraded, whilst at the same time building a societal ecosystem to improve take-up of these technologies.
A lean multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable business models will boost technology and market readiness levels and bring end user adoption to the next stage.
The main objective of the IoF2020 Large-Scale-Pilot is to foster take-up of IoT in the European farming and food domain. The project intends to:
- Demonstrate the business case of IoT for a large number of application areas in farming and food
- Integrate and reuse available IoT technologies by exploiting open architectures and standards.
- Ensure user acceptability of IoT solutions in farming and food by addressing user needs, including security, privacy and trust
- Ensure the sustainability of IoT solutions beyond the project by validating the related business models and setting up an IoT Ecosystem for large scale take-up
Given the relevance of many of the objectives of the project for stakeholders in societal challenge “food and agriculture” (SC2) and considering the big data challenges that an Internet-of-Food inevitably presents, BDE representatives from SC2 approached the coordinators of the IoF2020 project to invite them to the BDE workshop “2nd European Policy Perspectives on Data-intensive Agriculture & Food”, jointly organized with the e-ROSA project.
Sjaak Wolfert, scientific coordinator of the IoF2020 project, says they are also expecting to address big data and they are definitely interested in learning what Big Data Europe is doing, for this reason he will participate at the BDE workshop.
“Written by Antonella Picarella and Valeria Pesce (FAO).”