IGAD Data Experts shared their Knowledge & Expertise at the RDA-IGAD Pre-Meeting in Montreal. Get inspired!

The two-day Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) pre-meeting took place in Montreal, on 17-18 September 2017, - just a couple of days before the 10th Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary meeting (19 - 21 September 2017). 

The 10th anniversary of the RDA community major eventwith the overarching theme : "Better Data, Better Decisions” (BD2) was co-organized by the RDAthe University of Montreal and Research Data Canada, Canada.
This high-level RDA community meeting attracted a number of participants from all over the worldto discuss, develop and promote data-sharing and interoperable data-driven research infrastructure through RDA Working Groups (WG) and RDA Interest Groups (IG).

RDA 10th Plenary - Programme

The IGAD Pre-Meeting P10 provided an excellent opportunity to build upon the ideas from the IGAD Pre-Meeting P9, to evaluate how the group has evolved during the last editions, what are the latest developments and to focus on research data management and semantics, in the context of synergizing efforts between open data and open tools (to achieve food security and sustainable agriculture for SDG 2030), - with special attention to on-farm data, agrisemantics, capacity development, wheat and data sharing.

IGAD chairs would like to warmly THANK:

All 64 DATA EXPERTS for having attended and shared their expertise during the two days IGAD Pre-Meeting at the the 10th RDA Plenary; as well as 

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)The Canadian Governmental Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food,  and the Université de Montréal, - for their kind support that made possible this event!

During the IGAD Pre-Meeting P10 ...

... the participants discussed thematic topics and cross topics, such as data representation, publishing, interoperability and discoverability (e.g. FAIR principles) and institutional approaches (e.g. north-south and south-south collaboration). All the presentations informed about recent development within the IGAD WGs, as well as within IGAD - related areas (focused on data-sharing tools and environments available for end-users), in general. 

Please find below an overview of the topics covered during the IGAD Pre-Meeting P10 and ... Get inspired !

THE FIRST DAY OF THE IGAD PRE-MEETING included 17 presentations related to the topics of:

Moderated by Odile Hologne (INRA, France)

Defining  the Agrisemantics vision, Sophie Aubin (INRA, France) and Caterina Caracciolo  (FAO, Italy).

Agricultural Decision Support using HYDRA: a semantic data federation engine, Chris Baker (IPSNP Computing Inc. aka ip-snip, Canada).

Agricultural data and semantics in the emerging Internet of Food (IoF), disrupting the way we grow, process, deliver, prepare, study, eat and enjoy food, Matthew Lange (Food Product Innovation and Development at UC Davis, United States of America).

The Global Information System (GLIS) on Plant Genetic Resources, access to worldwide information resources, Marco Marsella (FAO, Italy)

FAIRsharing - mapping the landscape of data repositories, standards and data policies and making them FAIR, Peter McQuilton (University of Oxford, United Kingdom).

Research on Method of Literature Dataset Construction for Domain Analysis Based on Feature Measure, Xuefu Zhang and Jingchao Fan (CAAS, China).

Moderated by Esther Dzale-Yeumo (INRA, France)

The wheat data interoperability guidelines: feedback, news and next steps
Esther Dzale Yeumo (INRA, France) and Richard Fulss (CIMMYT, Mexico).

Moderated by Erica Mehan Johns (Cornell University, United States of America)

An opportunity to influence best practices for data sharing for Agriculture Journals, Erica Mehan Johns (Cornell University, United States of America).

Data Quality Principles Applied to Agricultural Research, Debora Pignatari Drucker (EMBRAPA, Brasil).

How to lead the opening and use of research data in Corpoica: challenges and opportunities, Diana Maria Silva Gaitan (CORPOICA, Colombia).

Moderated by Karna Wegner (FAO, Italy)

Updates on IGAD Capacity Development for Agriculture Data WGSuchith Anand (GODAN, United Kingdom).

Moderated by Imma Subirats (FAO, Italy)

Harnessing climate/weather data and technological innovations in agricultural research in Kenya, Boniface Akuku (KALRO, Kenya).

Moderated by Patricia Bertin (EMBRAPA, Brazil)

Role of the On-Farm Data Sharing Working Group, Nicolas Tremblay (Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, Canada) and Tom Morris (University of Connecticut, USA).

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL): Envisioning an Optimal Data Flow to achieve Development Outcomes, Sara Jani (ICARDA, Canada).

Are ten pages text better than a one page table of Metadata? the need for more Data Papers describing socio economic on farm data, Pascal Bonnet and coll. (CIRAD, France).


On Farm Data Sharing in Ontario – The Precision Ag Advancement for Ontario Project (Partners: Grain Farmers of Ontario, Niagara College, University of Guelph, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), Nicole Rabe (OMAFRA, Canada)

Moderated by Imma Subirats (FAO, Italy)

Responsible Use of Metrics in Agricultural Sciences, Imma Subirats (FAO, Italy)       

Metrics and Indicators in Agricultural Sciences Discussion Group became a Birds of a Feather (BoF) Group under RDA IGAD is open to anyone who is interested in the topic.

THE SECOND DAY OF THE IGAD PRE-MEETING was devoted to intensive discussions and interactions among the participants from the following IGAD WGs:

  1. AgriSemantics WG (including GACS group members). The Group had additionally an individual session during the RDA Plenary, where it spotlighted several concrete plans of action in the context of RDA-IGAD’s mission, to a wider RDA public;
  2. On-farm data sharing WG (attended by 36 international specialists!);
  3. Wheat Data Interoperability;
  4. Capacity Development Discussion Group. The Group prepared its Case Statement with the aim to become an IGAD Working Group; 
  5. Data Sharing Discussion Group. It is a new group that might form a RDA-IGAD “Birds of a Feather” (BoF) Group). 


Helping farmers around the world dealing with uncertainties, Simon Cook (Curtin University, Australia)

Engaging farmers with Agronomics, Daniel Kindred (ADAS, UK)

Handling Big Data from farming operations,  René Lacroix (Valacta, Canada)

Data for adoption on farms: a Canadian perspective, Nicolas Tremblay (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada)

On-farm Data Sharing Working Group (OFDS-WG) business meeting, T. Morris / N. Tremblay


You can take a look at the presentations of the IGAD pre-meeting published on the : 

GODAN/OKAD channel on F1000Research (Slides)

* Since its inception in 2013, the RDA - IGAD has grown in a wide community of practice, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups for sharing knowledge and experience, and providing visibility to research and work in global agricultural and related data.

RDA Plenaries - - held every six months in different places around the world - - are recognized to be:

  • Exciting special meetings pushing action-oriented knowledge shared among numerous communities of data scientists, librarians, computer scientists, and domain scientists;
  • Working productive events helping boost the community forward in creating workable and tangible deliverables to improve data sharing and interoperability across disciplines, technologies, and countries. 
    Curious what the RDA Plenaries are all about?

    All discussions from the RDA Plenaries can be found on Twitter: @resdatall and #rdaplenary 

Upcoming RDA Plenary Meetings :

The next IGAD Pre-Meeting will take place prior to the RDA 11th Plenary in Berlin, Germany (21 - 23 March, 2018)

The RDA Plenary 12 will take place in Gaborone, Botswana, 22-26 October, 2018, as part of the  landmark event International Data Week with the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.

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