Geospatial interoperability in Agriculture research

20 Mar 2014
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Dear Agriculture data interoperability members,
I thought to share some of the work we are doing at the University of Nottingham with you all so we can explore areas of synergies. The research is focussed on the geospatial interoperability using open standards and interoperability principles developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for our Agriculture research.
Access to wide ranging information, from scientific results to local farmer's knowledge, is crucial to planning food security, from community to national levels. Research in agriculture is also changing, with developments in data collection through mobile communications, sensor platforms, spatial search, and pervasive computing. However, inter-disciplinary research needed to transform raw data into useful intelligence, to improve the planet's environmental, economic and societal well being, remains constrained by a range of barriers - disciplinary, organisational, historical, and a non-existent or non-rigorous approach to quantifying uncertainty in collected datasets.
One of our current BBSRC funded research projects (led by Dr Didier Leibovici ) is GRASP-GFS - Geospatial Resource for Agricultural Species and Pests with integrated workflow modelling to support Global Food Security. GRASP-GFS will use a geospatially orientated database to query such multi-dimensional data - including scientific papers, reports, and socio-economic and local knowledge. This framework will enable weighting of the components within a chosen geo-workflow model for food security, which will be developed using cross-disciplinary expertise from geospatial science methodologies. GRASP-GFS aims to link with other global initiatives such as GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and GeoNode, to develop productive interactions between bench, economic and social scientists.
Attached some slides of the project overview and also link to the project overview at
I look forward to seeing you next week and discussing ideas for the future.
Best wishes,
Dr Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial Institute
Nottingham Geospatial Building
University of Nottingham NG7 2 TU
Tel: (0)115 82 32750
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