Research Data Alliance just launched their final RDA EU 4.0 round of Open Calls for the Early Career and Expert grants designed to support participation to the 15th RDA Plenary in Melbourne, Australia.
RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from higher education or research institutions with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €2400. The RDA Europe Early Career programme provides financial support as well as an opportunity for early career researchers working with data to share ideas, experiences and practical advice, and learn what leading data scientists and practitioners in their fields are currently working on.
The purpose of the expert grants is to encourage and support participation of individuals who have a strong interest in RDA, and are drivers or adopters of the RDA outputs to enable data sharing by or from their project or organization. If you are a mid-career or senior data professional or scientist, interested or already committed to RDA activities you can apply for one of five grants of maximum €2400 to support your participation to the 15th Plenary meeting.
The submission deadline for both is the 3rd of February 2020, 17:00 CET.
RDA Europe aims for balanced distribution of grants across all European regions and strongly encourages applicants from EU13 countries in this final call for Early Careers and Experts available under the RDA Europe 4.0 project. EU13 countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Those of you who missed the 13th Agricultural Data Interest GroupMeeting, that focused on IGAD/RDA Recommendations: Implementing Good Practices in Agriculture, will be happy to know that presentations held at IGAD this year have been already published on F1000 Research.
Agriculture domain experts, researchers, data managers, data mining experts, policy makers on data management in agriculture, IT specialists, software developers and many other stakeholders involved in managing data for agricultural research and innovation came together and shared their experineces. Plan4all also took part at this event and we are very pleased to give you a brief report on this meeting.
At the beginning of this meeting, there was a brainstorming exercise, where participants were asked to answer the following questions:
Who are your stakeholders? What are the most important activities for agricultural data? What are the top three barriers to your work?
The responses to the above questions became the cornerstone of one of the breakout sessions, which took place on Wednesday 23rd October during the RDA 14th Plenary. Based on those responses, the establishment of new possible RDA working groups on agriculture was discussed during this breakout session.
Next part of this proceeding was dedicated to presentations. There are many challenges when it comes to agricultural data, hence the presentations were divided into 4 sessions:
1) Urgent needs for agricultural data 2) Agricultural standards and semantics 3) Implementing FAIR principles 4) Changing agricultural data management culture
Mostly in developing countries, smallholder farmers are not harnessing the power of data and must overcome challenges and risks to ensure that investments benefit them. It is important that developed digital solutions are desingend to be avalabe to all farming communities to maximize their potential, especailly in countries with very low literacy level and limited knowledge of digital technologies. In the first section dedicated to a topic called Urgent need for agricultural data were presented ideas how to bridge digital divide in agriculture by bringing together various stakeholders globally.
Secondly, the big problem for data in general is a heterogenity and low level of standards usage especially for agricultural data. In fact, there is a large number of standardisation efforts. However, these efforts are usually unsynchronised among different initiatives. The problem of agricultural standards were discussed in the second part of presentation session, where Karel Charvát also contributed with an overview of how standardisation efforts of OGC and IGAD could be synchronised. Another presentation of the second section was dedicated to introduction of recommendations produced by the RDA Agrisemantics working group and illustration of plans for their maintenance and extension.
In the third section dedicated to FAIR principles, there was presented a GO FAIR Food Systems Implementation Network with the purpose to support the implementation of FAIR principles in agri-food sciences, in providing guidlines, tools, methods with specific efforts towards achieving semantic interoperability. In addition, the GLTEN Metadata Portal with the aim of establishing a collaborative international network for long-term agricultural experiments was introduced. As well as COPO was introduced as a system enabling scientists to decribe data and research objects using community-sectioned metadata and to share them with the wider scientific community. Last but not least, there was presented Grassroots Infrastructure as a part of the Wheat Information System.
The last section dealt with the topic of changing agricultural data management culture. In this section, effective open data use in agriculture and nutrition, outcomes, lessons and recommendations from GODAN action were presented.
Agrisemantic – November 19th, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (Salle Diamant)
Earths Observation for Agriculture Needs – November 19th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Salle Diamant)
Click here to see tentative agenda of the meeting.
This is a call for presentations for both sessions, preferably personal presentations, in expectational cases remote presentations. If you have potential interest, please contact Karel Charvat on email email@example.com and Sarka Horakova on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday 7th October 2019, there was a meeting between some of the Plan4all members and the Pilsen Region. The aim of this meeting was to introduce the Plan4all association and its activities done via its members and to discuss potential calls in Horizon 2020 next year where Pilsen Region could play a role. The Plan4all members included the University of West Bohemia, Help Service and Remote Sensing, Czech Centre for Science and Society, WirelessInfo and Úhlava o.p.s.
presentations were divided into three sections:
1. Transport and infrastructure 2. Regional development and education 3. Climate changes, agricultural applications, sensors and innovation hubs.
In the section devoted to regional development and education, the Peregrinus Silva Bohemica project was presented including the partners involved in this project – the University of West Bohemia, Úhlava o.p.s. and Deggendorf Institute of Technology.
WirelessInfo introduced themselves through the work on the projects related to food economy: SKIN (Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network), ENABLING (Enhance New Approaches in BioBased Local Innovation Networks for Growth) and the Liverur project that identifies living labs as innovative business models that are currently being developed in rural areas. The solution for selling farm products was presented and a cooperation with the Pilsen Region was discussed. The PoliRural project was also presented in this section.
The last section was dedicated to projects including EUXDAT, DataBio and AFarCloud with the focus on sensor technologies. Last part was dedicated to Innovation hubs and the SmartAgriHubs project.
The meeting was concluded with a discussion about possible implementation of results in the Pilsen Region and about cooperation on potential future projects in the frame of H2020.
Plan4all is co-organizing one of the targeted side events at the GEO week 2019 in Canberra, Australia, 4. – 8. November 2019. The side event is based on an ongoing work on a white paper addressing a number of challenges related to the use of Earth observation for development of knowledge for the agriculture sector. The process is open and organized by GEOGLAM, the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative, GODAN, the H2020 project EO4Agri, and Plan4all. The first draft white paper will be further discussed at the targeted side event and you are invited to contribute both by attending the event in Canberra on Monday 4th November or remotely. More details will be included in updates of this article and in our social media channels. See Agenda below.
Agriculture communities around the globe produce massive amounts of information and knowledge based on/related to Earth observations. The Earth observation data, IoT data, derived data products and aggregated information and knowledge come in a variety of forms, different formats and often they are the product of projects of limited duration. These projects are generally the engine that drives innovation and the development of operational solutions for agricultural monitoring. In order to maximize the impact of our collective investments in research to operations, the results and outcomes of these efforts need to be stored, harmonized and sustained and made openly accessible for the future. At present we can see that when project, programmes and initiatives stop, their results, data and tools are difficult or even impossible to retrieve and re-use. As well much of this information is in the form of peer-reviewed (P-R) papers. A knowledge management system is required in order to ensure the communities intellectual productivity is curated, managed and made accessible for the long term. We also note the knowledge management is core to the concept of a results oriented GEOSS being deliberated during the GEO Plenary. The time is right for the agricultural community to make progress in this area, and in response we are proposing a Targeted session during GEO Week to move it forward.
Fortunately, the agricultural community is well aware of the need for more systematic approach to knowledge management and there are a number of initiatives working to address the need (e.g. GEO, EO4Agri, GEOGLAM, GODAN, Plan4all). To date these efforts are to some extent happening in an ad hoc and uncoordinated fashion. In this side event we will discuss how knowledge management is being addressed by a number of key actors, and look at ways the community can work together to leverage efforts towards the development of a common approach. It is intended that the session will develop consensus-based actions to move towards a common knowledge management solution.
A knowledge management system will need to address topics ranging across the research to operations continuum, including data interoperability issues, documentation of algorithms, code, processes, scientific papers (doi) to visualization and story telling. We will also discuss how the knowledge can be transferred for practical use through capacity development measures like hackathons, datathons, ideathons, and innovation hubs.
The session will be threefold:
i) Presentations of existing efforts and ii) discussion of how these efforts can be synced to create a more comprehensive knowledge system for agriculture supporting result oriented use of Earth observations. iii) Development of consensus around tangible actions to move the collaboration forward.
A white paper outlining possible avenues to create such a knowledge system will be issued before the session (look here for the link).
Expected outcome: a consolidated draft embryo knowledge management system for agriculture and a strategy for capacity building activities for knowledge transfer.
The event provides a discussion forum for all five European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) cluster projects, RDA Working and Interest Groups, European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) representatives on our journey to EOSC. During this event we’ll be focusing on the technical, social and governance issues we all face. What can we learn from each other and take back to the data communities we serve?
Main points of discussion
Defining ESFRI cluster commonalities
Leveraging RDA building blocks
Connecting to research communities
Governance and how to connect to EOSC
Research data policies and standards
Research data management and stewardship
FAIR data sharing and publishing domain data in the EOSC
FAIR tools and services, exposed in the EOSC catalogue of services
More information about the event you can find here.
EO4Agri Stakeholder Workshop AgroFutureDay organized by Plan4All was held in Pilsen on 25th September. The workshop dedicated to agriculture and its requirements for Earth Observation data in the near future was successful in all respects.
We would like to thank all participants cordially for many interesting presentations, for the oportunity to discuss and share experiece with the European Union’s common agricultural policy and last but not least for finding the conclusions that will be reflected in the recommendations for data and services in Earth Observation and in the next generation of the Sentinel satelites.