Friday March 6, 2015

agINFRA is pioneering the connection of Agricultural Data through an Open and Participatory Data Infrastructure.

Our website is here to provide you with everything you need to know to discover exciting new developments in the field and get yourself or your organization involved. Our 4 Frequently Asked Questions will help you get started on your AgInfra journey. Click here to connect with us directly.


faobhlAgINFRA has been bringing together two key digital resources to realize the project’s goal of promoting data sharing in agricultural sciences. The first resource is AGRIS, a collection of more than 7 million bibliographic references on agricultural research and technology. The second is the Biodiversity Heritage Library(BHL), which currently contains over 45 million pages of digitized biodiversity content.


“BHL is a unique resource for agricultural researchers,” explains Dr Jane Bromley, a research fellow at The Open University and member of the agINFRA project. “Its long-term view can prove invaluable in locating wild relatives of crops and understanding their relationship to local habitats and ecosystems. It is the only way to access this breadth of biodiversity literature electronically.”


Dr Bromley and her colleagues, Drs David King and David Morse, developed a process to enhance AGRIS with BHL content by first identifying material relevant to agricultural researchers using a combination of subject classifications and keyword searching. These references were then extracted, cleaned and uploaded to the AGRIS database.


The experiments with filtering BHL are described in a blog post on the BHL website Finding Agriculture among Biodiversity: Metadata in Practice and have been presented as a conference paper at the 8th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference in Karlsruhe. You can download a copy of the paper here:


open agrigate logoagINFRA is doing our part to assist in the global movement for Open Agricultural Data by launching a new kind of competition for anyone with agricultural data.The Open AGRIgate competition has a simple objective: Use agINFRA’s tools to open as much data as possible via the FAO’s CIARD RING. The competition will be officially launched on 22nd September at the Research Data Alliance's 4th Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam.

How to participate

To participate, all you need to do is register your datasets through our website when we launch on September 22nd. The competition will run until February 2015 at which point the individual or organization that has registered the best data, judged both in terms of quantity and usability, will win a unique prize. This competition is looking to encourage those who would not usually open their data. For this reason, we accept entries from small institutions (defined as those with less than 1000 employees) from all over the world and ALL institutions from developing countries.

the Prize

In addition to agINFRA featuring your work at the next meeting of the Agricultural Data Interoperability Interest Group at RDA, you will get the chance to work together with our data scientists to build a new service based entirely on your data. To discover more about the competition and how to become involved, just visit our website.

agINFRA and Open Data

agINFRA understands that Open Data has the power to make massive advances in agriculture. When researchers, educators or scientists set out to improve agriculture, one of the most important things they need is reliable access to good quality information. This means not having to ask 50 different institutions for permission to use their data. To get the most out of research we need data that is available today in a really easy-to-use form. Opening data not only makes it easier for new research and ideas to emerge, it makes life better for everyone by improving the way agriculture is done. In fact, opening your data is such an important thing that most of the world’s governments are now backing an initiative called Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition to do just this.


The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on the theme “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future. Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commission, the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium at the Hotel Bloom.

The conference will aim at discussing major developments and perspectives in the field of Africa-EU e-Infrastructure cooperation and at presenting the two projects’ main outcomes:


  • The first ever Africa Grid Science Gateway;
  • Several African e-Infrastructure flagship demonstrators;
  • The results of the two surveys launched to examine the state-of-the-art of e-Infrastructure applications in Africa, as well as to assess their economic societal and environmental impacts;
  • The main outcomes of the four thematic workshops held in Africa over 2013-2014;
  • The launched program to deploy Certification Authorities across Africa;
  • The launch of the most comprehensive crowdsourcing data map providing insights into international cooperation and ICT investments in Africa for scientists, universities, research and education networks, and international donors;
  • The development of a decision-support system based on multiple stakeholders’ evaluations and impact assessments for on-going international aid projects and e-infrastructures;
  • A set of contextual factors which enable the assessment of ICT4D proposals ahead of their implementation by estimating their potential impact;
  • The role of open aid data in enhancing the coherence of international aid;
  • African progress towards establishing national and regional Research and Educational Networks (RENs).

    Over 100 delegates are expected to attend this major event: policy-makers, senior representatives from Governments, ICT project managers, heads of research labs, IT engineers, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector, managers of NGOs and centres of excellence, industry stakeholders.

    To take a closer look at the Conference Agenda, it's right here.

    Registrations, free of charge, are now open! Click here!

Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information coming up soon via eI4Africa and iMENTORS websites!


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