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, five successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data InteroperabilityAgriSemanticsOn-Farm Data Sharing and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play an active role at the RDA Plenaries.

 

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 other groups, e.g. 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

15 Apr 2019

FW: Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar - April 25

- Show quoted text -From: United States Agricultural Information Network <***@***.***> On Behalf Of Antognoli, Erin - ARS
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2019 4:28 PM
To: ***@***.***
Subject: [USAIN-L] Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar - April 25
Join us for an upcoming webinar about open data presented by the USDA and hosted by Auburn University.
Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar
April 25, 2019
Noon Eastern / 11:00 AM Central / 10:00 AM Mountain / 9:00 AM Pacific

31 Mar 2019

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Dear Prof. Wafula,
It will be excelent, if you will help us to promote event. We would like to atract as many people as possible. It will be also good, if you can join some group and help us with your opinion
Karel
From: Prof. Muliaro Wafula <***@***.***>
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:23 AM
To: Simon Hodson, ED CODATA <***@***.***>

31 Mar 2019

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Hi Asha,
Please can you prepare a blog post on the below and sent it to the social media channels.
I invite Karel, Boniface and Joseph to provide any guidance.
S.
___________________________
Deadlines Approaching:
Call for Nominations and Applications : Editor-in-Chief, Data Science Journal , Deadline 14 April: application form .
Call for Sessions, CODATA 2019 Conference 'Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms' , Beijing, China, 19-20 September: deadline 15 April

31 Mar 2019

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Hi Asha,
Please can you prepare a blog post on the below and sent it to the social media channels.
I invite Karel, Boniface and Joseph to provide any guidance.
S.
___________________________
Deadlines Approaching:
Call for Nominations and Applications : Editor-in-Chief, Data Science Journal , Deadline 14 April: application form .
Call for Sessions, CODATA 2019 Conference 'Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms' , Beijing, China, 19-20 September: deadline 15 April

31 Mar 2019

Re: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Hi Asha,
Please can you prepare a blog post on the below and sent it to the social media channels.
I invite Karel, Boniface and Joseph to provide any guidance.
S.
___________________________
Deadlines Approaching:
Call for Nominations and Applications : Editor-in-Chief, Data Science Journal , Deadline 14 April: application form .
Call for Sessions, CODATA 2019 Conference 'Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms' , Beijing, China, 19-20 September: deadline 15 April

28 Mar 2019

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][agriculturecapacitydev] Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Dear IGAD friends,
See list of experiments, which is planed for Nairobi Hackathon.
https://www.plan4all.eu/updates/nairobi-inspire-hackathon-2019/. We have
large interest for event and I am sure, that we can offer very interesting
topics. Please promote this, I am sure, that it will be excellent capacity
building
Karel
From: charvat=***@***.***-groups.org <***@***.***-groups.org> On
Behalf Of kcharvat

21 Mar 2019

Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Dear colleagues
6 EU projects are involved in the organization of the Nairobi INSPIRE
Hackathon 2019 including EO4Agri. The hackathon should serve as a platform
to showcase our results to different communities. This time, it will be
mainly agriculture communities in Africa.
The registration is now open and you are cordially invited to join the
efforts to create some solutions or come up with some ideas for sustainable
agriculture in Africa.
The main page of the event is at

19 Mar 2019

Open Agricultural Technology Hackathon: after RDA P13

Dear Colleagues,
I kindly invite you to consider the upcoming Open Agricultural Technology
Hackathon that will be taking place at the USDA-ARS Agricultural Research
Center in Beltsville, Maryland -- conveniently right after RDA P13 (April
4-5) and relatively close in location (2.5 hours away, accessible by train).
*Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology Hackathon (GOAT:HACK
)*
GOAT:HACK will be hosted on April 4th and 5th at the USDA-ARS Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD. Registration is free -- and