Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)

IG

Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established
 

Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 200 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups.

 

IGAD is a domain-oriented group working on all issues related to global agriculture data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data.

 

Beyond this IGAD promotes good practices in research with regard data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability, and it is a forum for sharing experience and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data.

 

One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date, four successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data InteroperabilityAgriSemantics and On-Farm Data Sharing WGs. All groups played an active role at the last RDA Plenaries, in Montreal (Canada) and Barcelona (Spain).

 

Objectives

  • To promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability
  • To provide a platform for networking and cross-fertilization of research ideas in data management and interoperability
  • To solicit and promote interactions and projects among the major international institutions and groups worldwide which work on agricultural research and innovation
  • To achieve data interoperability

 

Working Groups

 

Birds of Feather Groups

 

Events at RDA

 

The RDA holds its plenary meetings every six months at different locations around the world. Built around the RDA Working and Interest Group meetings the sessions are designed to consolidate the RDA’s work and that of its interest groups in building social and technological bridges towards open data sharing. IGAD’s role since its inception at the RDA Gothenburg has expanded with every successive Plenary. The outcomes of the Wheat Data Interoperability Group have proved to be a success and the challenge is now on to replicate those successes with the Rice Group.

IGAD has used the Plenary meetings as a place to reach out and forge new alliances with other groups, as well as creating new offshoot groups aimed at specific solutions. During Plenary sessions IGAD has hosted a wide array of speakers and discussions and it continues to work alongside major international initiatives such as GODAN, GACS, CIARD, CGIAR, FAO of the UN, INRA, CYMMIT among others.

 

 

Capacity development activities

IGAD has spearheaded two important capacity development initiatives. These include two introductory online MOOCS course on data management, principally aimed at learners in Latin America, and four Forums on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture in Africa.

The MOOCS courses offer an introduction to themes of data management using examples from the international sphere and with a particular focus on data management research in fisheries and nutrition. As well as teaching how to define data the course looks at issues of data storage, sharing and long term preservation, highlighting the different resources available to researchers in data management.  IGAD heads the course in conjunction with the FAO of the United Nations, Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The goal of the forums is to provide a platform for stakeholders in Africa to share knowledge on institutional and national initiatives aimed at enhancing the visibility, accessibility and usability of agricultural data and science, and their potential contribution to the realization of Africa’s sustainable development goals and the SDGs.

 



Recent Activity

13 Jul 2018

Invitation to the Interest Group in Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Meeting P12

Dear IGAD members and interested parties,
On behalf of the RDA [1] Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) [2], we are pleased to invite you to the IGAD pre-conference meeting focussing on "Data collection in Africa: State of the art, challenges and solutions", that will be held on November 5-6, in Gaborone, Botswana. The event will take place during the International Data Week (IDW), November 5-8, 2018 [3] which combines the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting and SciDataCon 2018.

04 Jul 2018

Stay updated about the IGAD Capacity Development Group

Dear IGAD community,
we are pleased to inform you that the RDA TAB has approved our IGAD Capacity Development Working Group. We are now waiting for the final approval of the WG by the RDA council. In the meantime we would like to invite all interested parties to join our mailing list to keep you updated about the next developments: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/capacity-development-agriculture-data-wg

22 Jun 2018

Please give your feedback // eROSA "Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences"

Please find here below a message from Odile Hologne, on behalf of the eROSA project.
Dear Colleagues,
We would like to warmly invite to provide your feedback to the eROSA "Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences".

21 Jun 2018

Ag Information Technologies: SciDataCon Abstracts due Monday

Dear Colleagues,
Please consider sharing your work relating to agricultural data and
information technologies, at session #215: New and Emerging Technologies in
Agriculture at
SciDataCon during International Data Week (in Gaborone, Botswana November
5-8). *Abstracts are due this Monday, June 25th. *
This session is seeking presentations from those engaged in the development
or use of new data and information technologies (Semantic Technologies, ICT,
IoT, UAS, farm information management systems or software) for research,

15 Jun 2018

INSPIRE Hack

Dear all,
Plan4all will again organize INSPIRE Hack. This is Hackathon focused more on professionals, than students and this group. See the concept http://ijsdir.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ijsdir/article/download/481/429.
This is the third year of the INSPIRE Hackathon. The workshop aims to present the hackathon results and award the best projects. The hack will start before the conference already in July 2018. The hackathon itself and the team work will be done remotely.

22 May 2018

RDA Twelfth Plenary Meeting - Gaborone, Botswana 2018 - Who is going to attend?

Dear colleagues,

RDA/IGAD chairs will start to organize the IGAD Meeting(s) in Gaborone (Botswana) November 2018 in the next days. As a first step, we would be interested to know how many people from the Interest Group would be attending the RDA Plenary.

Even if you are not sure but you would be interested to attend, please send to AIMS@fao.org and let us know.

Thank you in advance!

Imma Subirats 

On Behalf of IGAD/RDA chairs

21 May 2018

Agricultural Data & Information Technologies: SciDataCon opportunity

Hello all,
Hopefully relevant and useful for IGAD members and colleagues, I'd like to
warmly invite participation in a New and Emerging Technologies in
Agriculture session at SciDataCon - during International Data Week
alongside RDA P12. We are seeking contributions *from those engaged in
research or projects using agricultural data and information technologies
(e.g. ICTs, semantic technologies, FIMS, drones, etc.) to collect, link,
and distribute agricultural data and information.*Session summary below.

15 May 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig]...

Hi Jane,
You may be interested in the first deliverable from the RDA
Agrisemantics WG, "Landscaping the Use of Semantics to Enhance the
Interoperability of Agricultural Data"
https://www.rd-alliance.org/system/files/documents/Deliverable1%20-%20L
andscaping.pdf
Cheers,
/Brandon
P Think Green - don't print this email unless you really need to
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15 May 2018

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig]...

Hi Valeria,
Thanks so much that's really helpful! I'm not anyone who could/should be
contributing but rather on the tech-user end - definitely interested in
using the output of semantically interlinked URIs. Is there an estimated
timeline on that effort and/or somewhere public we could follow progress or
even I guess your output would be announced on this list hopefully?
Context for my question was a recent small gathering of people in the USA
interested in open tech for Ag had a sub-group looking to apply