Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

The Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) is pleased to invite you to the 11th RDA Plenary Pre-Meeting In Berlin!

Introducing IGAD

    Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 180 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).



    • 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.


    RDA 10th Plenary: 19th - 21st September 2017 in Montreal, Canada

    RDA 9th Plenary: 5th - 7th of April 2017 in Barcelona, Spain

    RDA 7th Plenary: 1st - 3rd of March 2016 in Tokyo, Japan

    RDA 6th Plenary: 21st - 25th of September 2015 in Paris, France

    RDA 5th Plenary: 8th - 11th of March 2015 in San Diego, California USA

    RDA 4th Plenary: 22nd - 24th of September 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    RDA 3rd Plenary: 26th - 28th of March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland

    RDA 2nd Plenary: 16th - 18th of September 2013 in Washington DC, US

    RDA Europe Workshop prior to the 2nd RDA Plenary in Washington


    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.


    Forums on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture

    Recent Activity

    21 Mar 2018

    Invitation to BOF Meeting on 23 March - Room C03

    Dear Friends,
    You are invited to join the BOF meeting on "Digital Extension Advisory
    Services: Towards a Data Driven Disruption" scheduled during the 11th
    Plenary of RDA. Imma has kindly agreed to facilitate the session along with
    Venue: Room C03
    Date: 23 March
    Time: 9.00-10.30 am
    Future Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) across the globe need to
    innovate and strategize the use of disruptive technologies such as
    mobile/cloud computing, Internet of Things, location-based social networks

    18 Mar 2018

    IGAD at RDA P11: follow the guide

    Dear Colleagues,
    This year IGAD will focus on the implementation of the FAIR principles during the RDA P11. To this end, we propose a three-step program:
    · 19-20 March at Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in Chausseestraße 111, Berlin: the pre-meeting where we will have presentations on institutional use cases, semantics and data models, and examples of implementation of the FAIR principles in research infrastructures. The full Agenda is available at

    12 Mar 2018

    RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][rda-wdinterop-wg][rda-agrisemantics-wg][rda-rice-wg][on-farm-data-sharing-wg][fdiwg][metrics-indicators-agriculture] Activities during the RDA P11 (Berlin, Germany) - Don;t miss the opportunity to join!

    Dear all,
    Additionally I would like to express our gratitude for the support that IGAD and WGs have received from the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to organize these series of events!
    Best regards,
    - Show quoted text -From: imma.subirats=***@***.*** [mailto:***@***.***] On Behalf Of subirats

    05 Mar 2018

    IGAD Capacity Development Discussion Group Meeting agenda

    Dear colleagues,

    Please find below the draft agenda for the IGAD Capacity Development Discussion Group Meeting. Looking forward to productive meetings. 

    Best wishes,




    IGAD Capacity Development Discussion Group Meeting agenda

    20th March 2018

    Venue : Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin 

    Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin (Germany) 

    21 Feb 2018

    Fwd: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig] Advice on new controlled vocabulary

    Dear agrisemantics members,
    I am transfering this most interesting discussion which started on the IGAD mailing list. Sorry for multiple posting
    Sophie Aubin - Inra - DIST
    -------- Message d'origine --------
    De : ElizabethArnaud <***@***.***>
    Date : 21/02/2018 12:59 (GMT+01:00)
    À : RichardOstler <***@***.***>, ***@***.***, "simon.cox" <***@***.***>, "Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD)" <***@***.***>
    Cc : valeria pesce <***@***.***>, Jonquet <***@***.***>

    16 Feb 2018

    RDA VSSIG Ontology Metadata Task Group Survey

    Dear RDA WGs,
    I transfer this to this 3 groups that I know and sometimes participate in, but feel free to transfer this to other metadata/standardization/ontologies related WGs.
    Dear all,
    [Apologies for multiple receptions - this announcement has been sent to multiple mailing lists of the ontology/semantic Web/linked data/standardization communities.]
    If you are somehow familiar with the use of ontologies, please consider answering this survey.

    16 Feb 2018

    Advice on new controlled vocabulary

    Hi all,

    I'm involved in a project to establish a global network for long-term agricultural experiments (experiments running for >10 years). One aim of the project is to improve access to and interoperability of datasets from these experiments. In most cases I think existing ontologies/vocabularies can be used, but experiment names, fields and plots are not represented by any controlled vocabularly. Clearly creating a concept ID for a name means an experiment, field or plot can be umabiguously referenced, e.g. in DOI metadata.

    08 Feb 2018

    RDA P11 programme_Swap of IGAD Sessions

    Dear all,
    I would like to inform you about a swap of the IGAD sessions during the RDA P11 Plenary:
    IG Agricultural Data (IGAD) - RDA 11th Plenary meeting
    The session will take place on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 16:00 - 17:30
    RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: Supporting effective engagement with research & open data in the agriculture and nutrition. Lessons from IGAD & GODAN Action
    The session will take place on Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 15:30 - 17:00
    More information about the RDA P11 programme: