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agINFRA was actively represented during the second in a series of seminars exploring ICT and Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture. Project partner 21c attended the session organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG) in Westminster, London to discuss current trends and issues around technological developments and agriculture.
To kick off the debate, speakers gave short but intense presentations showcasing current state of the art and talked about their experiences. Insights from Rikin Ghandi - CEO at Digital Green, Kenny Ewan - Programme Manager at Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation, Pete Cranston Director at Euforic Services and Convener of the ‘ict4ag’ conference in Kigali and Jan Priebe - Independent consultant, were presented. The session was moderated by Lord Cameron of Dillington.
agINFRA Partners participated in the 1st GODAN/CIARD Public Meeting in Rome on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of April 2014.
The main objectives of the consultation were the identification of shared interest, collaboration opportunities between the CIARD and GODAN movements, the facilitation of networking, collaboration and coordination amongst project partners to promote the provision and use of agricultural and nutritional Open Data, as well as the identification of key challenges and potential ways to get around them.
The next GODAN/CIARD public meeting will be hosted by Wageningen next fall and will be sponsored by agINFRA.
agINFRA was recently represented at the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) which took place between 26-28th March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The event brought together more than 450 Scientists, Repository Managers and Data Scientists from across the world to discuss the cutting-edge of Research Data management.
agINFRA was present in force at the event through the Agricultural Data Interoperability IG, chaired by agINFRA colleagues Johannes Keizer (FAO) and Devika Madalli (Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore). The group afforded an excellent forum for the continued discussion of agINFRA’s pioneering work to integrate Germplasm Data into our infrastructure. During the group, agINFRA Partner Vassilis Protonatarios gave a presentation entitled "Global RDF Descriptors for Germplasm Data", describing the work done in the context of the agINFRA project and the RDA WG towards the exposure and publication of germplasm data as linked data (always based on the work already done by other experts in this field). This presentation can be viewed below:
Kris Jack is a senior data mining engineer at Mendeley. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and has worked on data systems in academia and industry for the past 10 years. He was invited to give keynote presentations on recommender systems for scientific articles at the I-KNOW 2011 and RecSysTEL 2010 conferences. He also presently sits on the Editorial AdvisoryBoard for the Journal of Open Research Software.
Alexander van Opstal
Alexander van Opstal has a Master of Science in Ecology, Soil science and Philosophy of Science. He is an experienced senior policy advisor, leading projects and programmes in the field of programming of research for policy. Alexander is also a member of the ERA-ARD-EIARD-SCAR-Taskforce on Agricultural Research for Development. He has been part of the Dutch delegation to the annual meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for four years. He is chair of the European branch of the Dutch Scientific Landscape Ecological Society. He has been councilor to the Municipality of Rhenen for two years.
Dave Roberts is head of the division of Microbiology in London's Natural History Museum. He has a long-standing interest in biodiversity informatics, having introduced the Scratchpads in the EU project EDIT, where he was a work package leader, and is currently project manager for the EU project ViBRANT, seeking to make the Scratchpad mantra 'small pieces loosely joined' a reality.
Erik Duval chairs the research unit on human-computer interaction, at the computer science department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
His research focuses on massive hyper-personalization (“The Snowflake Effect”), learning analytics, openness and abundance - topics on which I regularly keynote. In practical terms, we research information visualization, mobile information devices, multi-touch displays and personal informatics. We typically apply our results to technology enhanced learning, access to music and ‘research 2.0′.
Dr Wouter Los is currently Project Leader of LifeWatch, the proposed e-science and technology infrastructure for biodiversity research. By training a theoretical chemist, he has held positions at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, as well as being Director of the Institute for Taxonomic Biology. He has also held positions as Chair and Vice-Chair within a number of committees, including the Science Committee of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data.
Peter began his career working with agricultural information - first at the World Bank, then at a Faculty of Agriculture in Thailand, then in the CGIAR at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR); he spent the past 15 years working in the international development sector, with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).
Dr. Dickson Lukose is the Head of the Knowledge Technology Cluster at MIMOS BHD. Dr Lukose is also the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as well as the Centre of Excellence in Semantic Technologies. Prior to MIMOS BHD, Dr Lukose worked extensively in Artificial Intelligence Technology, developing software applications in the areas of Risk Management and Knowledge Management. He has done over 10 years of academic research in Artificial Intelligence, supported by research grants from Graphic Directions, Leverhulme Foundation, CSIRO, and Australian Research Council.
Carole has worked closely with life scientists for many years and is the Director of the myGrid project, the largest UK e-Science pilot , which has produced the widely-used Taverna open source software. She is also the co-director of the e-Science North West. She has an international reputation in the Semantic Web, e-Science and Grid communities and has led the application of Semantic Web technologies to both the Grid and e-Science, a fusion dubbed the Semantic Grid.
Stephano Cozzini is a development scientist at INFM (Italian National Institute for Matter Physics) working at National Simulation Center DEMOCRITOS hosted at Sissa (Trieste, Italy). He is presently coordinating all the IT activities within the center and works an external consultant for cluster and grid computing at ICTP (International Center of Theoretical Physics). His main professional interests are in the fields of high-performance computing and grid computing appliced to computational physics.
Samy Gaiji is currently Senior Programme Officer for Science and Scientific Liaison at Global Biodiversity Information Facility. He has extensive experience in delivering agriculture infrastructures for major entities such as the IPGRI, the Convention on Biological Diversity and FAO.
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