The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA : Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues, which was set to be held in Rome (Italy) in April 2020 will now take place as a virtual meeting from May 25 to 28.  The virtual meeting will provide an online platform to continue to build upon collaborations, knowledge sharing and developing innovations with activities including panel sessions, group discussions and presentations. 


The registration is now open. The full schedule of presentations and registration links for the virtual meeting are available here. Each day has one or two sessions – one in the morning and another one in the afternoon Central European Summer Time (CEST) – with 60 to 90 minutes of presentations. There are  individual registration links for each virtual session. Interested participants are encouraged to register for multiple days based on interests and needs. 

The full schedule of presentations and registration links for the week long virtual meeting are available in this document.

The virtual event will include the following sessions:

  • Keynote 16:00 to 17:00 CEST – Register 
  • Semantics. 16:00 to 17:30 CEST – Register
  • Europe/Asia. 10:00 to 11:45 CEST – Register
  • Americas (draft, last details will follow this afternoon) 16:00  to 17:30 CEST – Register
  • Africa. 10:00 to 11:30 CEST – Register
  • Closure session. 16:00 to 17:00 CEST – Register

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About IGAD

One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date, successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data Interoperability, AgriSemantics and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play a key role in delivering Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) recommendations and good practices with regard to Agricultural Data Interoperability. 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.

Co-chairs of the Interest Group on Agriculture Data (IGAD), for the IGAD Task Force 2020:

Patricia Rocha Bello Bertin (EMBRAPA, Brazil)
Cynthia Parr (National Agricultural Library. USDA Agricultural Research Service, US)
Imma Subirats Coll (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy)