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The latest Big Data in Agriculture news

Innovative surveillance technique gives vital time needed to track a cereal killer

A new paper published in BMC Biology by the MARPLE diagnostics team, a 2018 Inspire Challenge Scale-up winner, shows how the research partnership reduced the speed of diagnostics from many months in high-end labs, to just two days from the side of an Ethiopian field.
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Innovative surveillance technique gives vital time needed to track a cereal killer

Timor-Leste launches world-first monitoring system for small-scale fisheries

A 2018 Inspire Challenge project led by WorldFish and Pelagic Data Systems has launched a new online dashboard that tracks fishing activities in Timor-Leste. The dashboard puts important data in the hands of fisheries officers, researchers and local stakeholders.
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Timor-Leste launches world-first monitoring system for small-scale fisheries

Webinar summary – Can machine learning technologies be useful to create or complete ontologies in agriculture?

The Ontologies Community of Practice launched a webinar series to debate, share, and advance our thinking on selected topics in the domain of ontologies. During this second webinar we learned about machine learning technologies and the link with ontologies.
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Webinar summary – Can machine learning technologies be useful to create or complete ontologies in agriculture?

GARDIAN enables data discovery across CGIAR and beyond

GARDIAN, the BIG DATA Platform's powerful search engine, helps CGIAR get its data together.
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GARDIAN enables data discovery across CGIAR and beyond

GARDIAN: The data search tool unlocking agricultural development innovation

Unlocking digital innovation in agricultural development requires the ability to aggregate data from a variety of sources and disciplines. GARDIAN enables users to do just that.
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GARDIAN: The data search tool unlocking agricultural development innovation

[WEBINAR] Minimum Data Requirements for Crop Modeling

CGIAR Webinar by the Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s Community of Practice on Crop Modeling – Minimum Data Requirements for Crop Modeling
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[WEBINAR] Minimum Data Requirements for Crop Modeling

CIAT, World Bank and partners announce Digital Agriculture Country Profiles initiative

Building on the success of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Country Profiles, CIAT, together with the World Bank and FAO, is leading an initiative to create profiles for digital agriculture, starting with Argentina, Grenada, Kenya, Turkey and Vietnam.
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CIAT, World Bank and partners announce Digital Agriculture Country Profiles initiative

Webinar – Can machine learning technologies be useful to create or complete ontologies in agriculture?

CGIAR Webinar by the Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s Community of Practice on Ontologies – Can machine learning technologies be useful to create or complete ontologies in agriculture?
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Webinar – Can machine learning technologies be useful to create or complete ontologies in agriculture?

YOUTH IN DATA

5 key challenges facing the agriculture data ecosystem

5 key challenges facing the agriculture data ecosystem

In adopting an emerging technology like Big Data, there are common issues that every industry must deal with to realize ...
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3 sources of demand for big data in biodiversity innovation

3 sources of demand for big data in biodiversity innovation

Margaret Ann Tutwiler, the Director General of Bioversity International, discusses the importance of big data tools for supporting agricultural diversity initiatives ...
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Convention highlights: Blockchain in food systems

Convention highlights: Blockchain in food systems

Blockchain in Food Systems Blockchain is one of the most exciting emerging technologies and was given much attention during the ...
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Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary: Data is 'key' to smart farming

Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary: Data is ‘key’ to smart farming

Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary: Data is 'key' to smart farming Smart farming is key to developing sustainable agriculture and this ...
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PRIVACY AND ETHICS

If Mary has a little lamb, who should know about it?

If Mary has a little lamb, who should know about it?

The GDPR and data science for agricultural development are at odds when it comes to delivering personalized products for the ...
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Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

A more comprehensive understanding of agricultural soils is needed to support sustainable development decision making - but collecting the necessary ...
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Meet Bob. The farmer needing your help to revolutionize agriculture

Meet Bob. The farmer needing your help to revolutionize agriculture

Farmers are contributing to the huge amounts of information that can be harnessed for global food security solutions. But they ...
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Data democracy: Data from the people, by the people, for the people

Data democracy: Data from the people, by the people, for the people

If the farmer has right to consume, sell, or share their crop, then what about the data generated by the ...
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INNOVATION

2019 Inspire Challenge Q&A webinar: Key takeaways

2019 Inspire Challenge Q&A webinar: Key takeaways

This year the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture will award up to 1 million USD in grants to ...
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When climate problems arise, farmers collect and share vital information with GeoFarmer app

When climate problems arise, farmers collect and share vital information with GeoFarmer app

The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and smallholder farmers to collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions. The innovative ...
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Seeing really is believing: farmers’ photos revolutionize insurance and advisory services

Seeing really is believing: farmers’ photos revolutionize insurance and advisory services

When it comes to assessing insurance claims on damaged crops, seeing is believing. Which could be key to mitigating negative ...
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Data-driven innovations taking agriculture to the digital frontier of science

Data-driven innovations taking agriculture to the digital frontier of science

At the intersection of agriculture and data science lies a host of exciting innovations that are pushing the boundaries to ...
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ACCESS & DISCOVERABILITY

GARDIAN: The data search tool unlocking agricultural development innovation

GARDIAN: The data search tool unlocking agricultural development innovation

Unlocking digital innovation in agricultural development requires the ability to aggregate data from a variety of sources and disciplines. GARDIAN ...
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GARDIAN and facilitating data interoperability at CGIAR

GARDIAN and facilitating data interoperability at CGIAR

The CGIAR online search engine, GARDIAN, is easy to navigate and to perform simple queries to locate data and publications; ...
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Open Access: Unlocking agricultural innovation

Open Access: Unlocking agricultural innovation

Open Access: Unlocking agricultural innovation Open access to knowledge and data has the power to drive agricultural innovation, accelerating our ...
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Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

A more comprehensive understanding of agricultural soils is needed to support sustainable development decision making - but collecting the necessary ...
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APPLICATION & USE

Consuming information: Agriculture at the crossroads of sustainability

Consuming information: Agriculture at the crossroads of sustainability

Extension officers, radio, and mobile phones remain crucial for the farmers to access and discover agricultural information ...
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Transdisciplinary thinking essential to enable sustainable data-intensive agroecosystems

Transdisciplinary thinking essential to enable sustainable data-intensive agroecosystems

Transdisciplinary thinking is a fundamental requirement if we are to take meaningful steps towards using big data to solve complex ...
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For the rural farmer, does big data raise more questions than answers?

For the rural farmer, does big data raise more questions than answers?

Does big data raise more questions than answers? ...
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Smallholder. Big data

Smallholder. Big data

Big data can help smallholders can become agriculture's big players ...
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BIG DATA ACROSS CGIAR

Do you collect data from the field? We need to talk!

Georeferenced data has many potential uses for groundtruthing in data science applications, yet only about 20% of CGIAR-collected data is ...
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A streamlined tool for rural household surveys – Q&A with Jim Hammond on RHoMIS – the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey

RHoMIS - the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey, aims to reduce the costs, time requirements and reporting burdens for those who ...
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Mapping Suitability of Chicken Breeds in Ethiopia

Climatic suitability of animals has been less studied than crops, yet its potential has been increasingly recognized as critically important ...
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Monitor, learn, evaluate: Tracking the impact of livestock development projects

Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) recently gathered staff from eleven livestock development projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates ...
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