New [email protected]: Perspective on Big Data in the CGIAR

The AIMS team in cooperation with the BigDataEurope Consortium is pleased to announce the webinar “Perspective on Big Data in the CGIAR”. It is open for information management specialists, librarians, software developers and other interested people.


To help reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, CGIAR must tap into Big Data.  Within the programme on Climate Change for Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), researchers have already applied Big Data analytics to agricultural and weather records in Colombia, revealing how climate variation impacts rice yields.  After defining its Open Data-Open Access strategy, CGIAR has launched an internal call for proposals for big data analytics platforms that will provide services to the Agri-Food system programmes and parners, and will interconnect the CGIAR data to other  multi-disciplinary big data. The seminar will present the pespectives of the envisioned platforms.


4th February 2016  - 16:00 Rome Time (Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference between your location and Rome, Italy)


Elizabeth Arnaud, Bioversity International, France

Since 2008, Elisabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project of the Integrated Breeding Platform to provide trait dictionaries and semantics for annotation of breeders' data and is a co-leader of the Reference ontologies for the Planteome project ( ) . She coordinated the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) until 2006 and then, for 3 years, the CGIAR System-wide Information System on Genetic Resources (SINGER). She led the development of the Bioversity geospatial database for the 225,000 crop samples collected during the 500 FAO/IPGRI-supported collecting missions ( ). She is also Head of Delegation for Bioversity to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF, ) and a member of the Science Committee and a Steering Committee member of DivSeek Initiative ( ). 

How to join

The session is open to anyone but places are limited. If you are interested to attend the webinar, send an e-mail to [email protected], containing the following information:

  • your name
  • your affiliation
  • your e-mail
  • your country

System requirements

Once you have requested to attend the webinar, you will receive an e-mail confirming your place with an URL access. Make sure that:

  • you have good internet connection
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3. If in doubt, go to Checking system requirements of the web conferencing programme Adobe Connect.


This webinar is co-sponsored by the BigDataEurope (BDE) project, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and CIARD