AIMS Newsletter no.43, September 2015

Focus on the IGAD Pre-Meeting and the Sixth RDA Plenary Meeting

RDA is an international initiative started in 2013 by a core of group of interested agencies (the European Commission, the US National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation). RDA holds biennial plenary meetings, and the one held in Paris in September 2015 was the sixth since the start of the initiative. 

IGAD stands for "Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD)" and is a domain oriented interest group under the RDA umbrella to work on all issues related to data important for the development of global agriculture. The interest group aims to represent all stakeholders producing, managing, aggregating, sharing and consuming data for agricultural research and innovation. The chief benefit is that the IG provides a platform to share experiences and paves the way for a number of domain specific working groups to make precise proposals for solution in specific areas.  IGAD provides visibility to research and work in Agriculture Data as a platform to liaise and form actively involved groups that would work together to achieve data interoperability.

The IGAD pre-meeting took place on the 21st and 22nd of September 2015 and covered a wide range of topics within the agricultural research data management area as a preparation for the sixth RDA plenary meeting: Adoption of good data management, soils research data management, data access data availability, interoperability and semantics for interoperability. 45 people from 20 countries (representing Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania) attended the event . Participants came from universities, private companies, research institutions, the European Commission, international organizations and international projects. Thus many areas of the agricultural data community were covered and represented.

The pre-meeting particularly aimed at bringing out specific problems relating to all aspects of agriculture data with an aim to build interest among the members to work towards concrete solutions. Important initiatives and organizations such as INRA, GODAN, CIARD, CGAIR, UNFAO, CYMMIT among others were present.

Read about further details on the IGAD pre-meeting here. Read about participants' impressions of the meeting in the interview section.


Highlights from the Community

  • Open Data for Sustainable Development: New World Bank Policy Note. The World Bank has published a new policy note on how Open Data can support development in areas that relate to the Sustainable Development Goals. More info
  • The application of Open Source GIS tools in Drupal CMS. The need for integrating maps and geo-referenced data has grown in the last decade, therefore, this blog examines the Drupal CMS's responsiveness to this need. More info
  • ODI cooks up new focus on open data, agriculture and nutrition. One reason why working in open data is so exciting is that it can bring benefits to arguably every industry and sector. At the ODI we see the social, economic and environmental benefits. More info
  • E-Forum on Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies – Wrap up of the first week. More info
  • University specialization entitled: “Assessing Impact of Development Programmes on Food Security” delivered by FAO and UOC. More info
  • Open Workshop on ALIANDA 2nd Release. ALIADA is the first open source application that can be integrated with a library or museum management system to automatically convert MARC and LIDO metadata to RDF. More info
  • LIME: A Linguistic Metadata vocabulary. In the context of the OntoLex W3C community group we have developed a metadata vocabulary, LIME (LInguistic MEtadata), that describes the lexical asset of ontologies and RDF datasets. More info
  • UN Launches Open Access Information Portal on Concepts and Frameworks of Environmental Law. The United Nations has launched the Law and Environmental Ontology. More info
  • Reflections of the Track on Metadata and Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment (AgroSEM'15). The FAO AIMS Team takes leadership in the organization of the Track: Metadata and Semantics for Open Access Repositories, Research and Information Systems and Data Infrastructures. More info
  • KIBI: A data Intelligence platform. The Siren Solutions have announced  KIBI, an Open Source Data Intelligence platform for "Data Intelligence". More info


Conferences and Workshops


Upcoming Webinars

  • TBA. [email protected] on INRA's Big Data perspective and implementation challenges, by Pascal Neveu (INRA)
  • TBA. [email protected] on CGIAR and big data, by Elizabeth Arnaud (Bioversity International)
  • TBA. [email protected] on controlling AIMS notifications, by Thembani Malapela (FAO of the UN)



What does “ Research Data Alliance (RDA)” stand for? RDA aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange by implementing the technology, practice, and connections that make Data Work across barriers.("About RDA," RDA)

More info: Glossary of Semantic Technology Terms or the RDA website


Voices from the IGAD Pre-Meeting: Hugo Besemer and Ruthie Musker talk about the event

Hugo Besemer is the responsible for research data management at the Wageningen University. He is especially working on the implementation of research management data policies.

Read the interview with Hugo Besemer about the IGAD Pre-Meeting in the AIMS Interviews section.

Ruthie Musker has been working in the area of agricultural sustainability for two years at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at University of California, Davis and, as of the beginning of this year, she is jointly appointed between UC Davis and the Sustainable Agroecosystems Group at ETH Zurich to work in sustainable and resilient food systems.

Read the interview with Ruthie Musker about the IGAD Pre-Meeting in the AIMS Interviews section.

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