FAO, AgroKnow, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and the Big Data Europe Consortium are organizing a second workshop on big data for food and agriculture on 30 September in Brussels at the CLORA premises.
Taking the opportunity of the DG AGRI “Digitising the Agri-food Sector” workshop that takes place on September 28th-29th in Brussels, we are organizing on the following day a meeting that will bring together representatives of key agri-food data-related initiatives worldwide with representatives of relevant and interested EC Units.
We invited a selected group of EC representatives that are working on agendas or initiatives of relevance, to meet a few key members of the broader research and industry community working on data for food and agriculture to share recent developments.
One of the key discussions will be around how we think of moving forward to engage the community in building a common roadmap for the big data infrastructure elements our sector needs. As we define infrastructure we consider all elements that are needed to achieve our goals: physical structures, software, standards and governance.
Our aim is also to get the perspective of our colleagues from the EC on how we may use the appropriate H2020 instruments and work programmes to catalyze the creation of a big data-empowered ecosystem of linked data repositories, data management services and virtual collaboration environments to increase the pace of knowledge production for agricultural innovation, as well as to forge stronger connections, more sharing, and better alignment of the public and private sector.
The meeting will start with a session including brief reports from INRA, FAO, AgroKnow, GODAN and other research and industry actors. The following session will be devoted to a presentation of the relevant EU agendas and initiatives from our EC colleagues from DG AGRI, DG CONNECT and DG RTD. Then, an open discussion session will take place.
[Read the blog post summarizing the event]