IODC '16 Data + Agriculture Session Notes

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  • Moderator: André Laperrière, Executive Director, GODAN
  • Stéphane Gigandet, Founder and President, Open Food Facts
  • Thodoris Kontogiannis, Account Manager, Business Development Department of Agroknow
  • Cristina Pérez, Knowledge Management Systems Coordinator, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Key Takeaways

  • Open data is gaining ground in the agriculture space, but there is a need for increased coordination/cooperation between actors and taking the insights gained from open data and putting them into practice
  • Open data in agriculture can benefit a wide array of stakeholders – from international organizations to small-scale farmers to grocery shoppers

Opening - André Laperrière

GODAN: original focus was how to address the upcoming food security challenges the country will face (this century we’ll need to produce the equivalent of all food created over last 8000 years)
- Response is sharing data, best practices across countries

Collecting or generating data doesn’t do much without the real-world application of the data

Thodoris Kontogiannis – Agroknow

Agroknow - Find, connect, and deliver agriculture and food information worldwide

Help organizations with their open data approaches: Strategy, Design, Build, Engage

Working with AGRIS ( network to make data more complete, accessible and user-friendly

Public-private partnership between Agriknow, FAO Fiat Panis and CAAS to advance AGRIS (data collaborative)

AGRIS: multilingual agricultural bibliographic database for agricultural science, enhanced w/ AGROVOC & covering 64 languages - AGRIS raw data are reused by 3rd party services and new domain-specific information systems
-promotes the exchange of common standards and methodologies for bibliographic information

Sharing agricultural scientific knowledge helps to:
• Facilitate access to science and technology
• Increase research visibility
• Create new business models
• Alleviate hunger and increase rural living conditions

Cristina Pérez – International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Agricultural Nutrition and Technology (ANT) ontology & data value chains

Affiliated with CGIAR which works across 15 research programs on agriculture

Focus areas include:
• Improved crop varieties
• Breeding techniques
• Farm and environmental management practices
• Storage
• Processing

Domains described in the ontology (approximately 2000 terms contained therein):
• Agroforestry
• Crop technology
• Farm management
• Forestry
• Livestock and fishery technology
• Nutrition
• Agricultural and food policy
• Water resource management
• Weather and climate forecasting

Ontology based on research and extraction of CGIAR documentation related to agriculture and nutrition

Now that the ANT ontology has matured, how to connect it with existing ontologies to the benefit of all sides

Food Security Portal - platform delivering 40 indicators around food security issues
-global portal and three regional ones (Central America and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, India)

Value chain:
• Data discovery and collection
• Data process and analysis
• Data dissemination
• Discussions: Appropriate trainings and virtual policy dialogues
• Data-driven decision recommendation

Stéphane Gigandet - Open Food Facts

“We eat a lot of data every day”

Nutrition labels are like a printed PDF - not open data

How to create an OpenStreetMap of food products?
-Open database License (ODbL)

Use cases:

  • Decrypt and make searchable nutrition information (e.g., can I eat this considering my allergies)
  • Compare products (e.g., which cereal do I want to give my kids)

Data being reused in various ways:

  • Games - - how many sugar cubes are in this food product?
  • Open Food Facts + OpenStreetmMap =
  • Research - a new nutrition score being developed by researchers in France

Related project: Open Beauty Facts - free cosmetics ingredients database

App available to scan nutrition information into the database – citizen science approach

Closing Q&A

What’s the right policy environment to enable data and knowledge exchange in agricultural? And what about data that isn’t held/collected by government?

Next steps for Open Food Facts could include things like origin and whether or not food was sustainably produced – the more transparency there is around our food, the more people will push for additional information/data