Webinar: Asymmetric MapWhiteBoard as a Disruptive Technology for Agriculture Advisory Services with practical demo

Venue: 24 June 2022, 14.00 – 15:30 CEST

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83501562866?pwd=RzhHNHNSYzlxVkc3SklISkczcU14QT09 

30 years ago, large scale market uptake of precision farming was ‘put on ice’ due to the aged farming population​. The same is attempted in 2022 – yet in the meantime there has been a generational change on the farms​:

  • is it really that farmers are and forever shall remain stuck at the unfortunate end of the digital divide​
  • or could it be that we, the technologists and scientists have failed in building solutions that are practically viable?

During the Webinar we will try to present our vision of new advisory services, based on asymmetric communication and collaborative  sharing data between advisor and farmer. We will explain what MapWhiteBoard is, how it can be modified for SmartAgriculture and how to run such communication between advisor and farmer.. Part will be practical demonstration.

Agenda:

  • Introduction and link to previous Webinars (Marketa Kollerova as a moderator)
  • From data to knowledge – our vision of future advisory services for farmers – Karel Charvat (15 minutes)
  • What is MapWhiteBoard – Raitis Berzins (10 minutes)
  • Integration of data in Map composition – Franta Zadrazil (5 minutes)
  • Principle of asynchronous services and potential solutions – Runar Bergheim (15 minutes)
  • Live demonstration with existing tools and MapWhiteBoard – Herman Snevajs, Pavel Gnip
  • Discussion and future steps – Karel Charvat
  • Closing of spring series of AgriHub webinars (Marketa Kollerova)

Registration for the webinar is FREE. Register yourself via this link.

Who do you want to inform or engage?

People providing advisory services or developing technology for farmers. researchers, who introduced new solutions.

Read more about addressed topic:

Precision farming came to prominence as a scientific concept in the 1990s on the strength of technological advances that enabled variable rate application of irrigation, fertiliser, and pesticides. The practical benefits were demonstrated and well-proved. However, the uptake among farmers was slow and the domain has evolved on the fringes of mainstream agriculture up to and including the present day Initially, change resistance among an ageing rural farming community was blamed for the slow adoption, but 25 years later, a generation change has taken place in the custodianship of agricultural lands. When the adoption of precision farming practices still remains very limited, it is likely that the problem lies in the communication of, accessibility to and delivery of precision agriculture technology from the scientific community, industrial actors, SMEs and farmers. The combination of Earth Observation technologies, GNSS—one of the key technologies for precision farming—and precision farming itself is discussed as one of the “killer applications” for space technologies.

We have a number of state-of-the-art technical platforms that are capable of harnessing EO and remote sensing data from a plethora, data from machinery and also other data from different sources for agricultural decision making on a very detailed level. The problem is, how to bring these services to farmers.

But, in its eagerness to provide a sophisticated tool, we have overlooked that they do not have skills necessary for all these tools and do not possess a supercomputer and would be using this tool at the very maximum few times in a year. Thus, utilization of technologies depends on man-in-the-middle services provided by regional and local agricultural advisors who will use the platform on a regular basis as they each serve a multitude of farmers and agricultural businesses. We have a high skills consultant, who will use these tools. Service organizations will conduct high resolution spatial analysis for their client farms – but when the analysis is done, they are required to discuss the results and how to apply them to the specific farm together with the farmer.

Then, the goal of this project is to develop an application, helping a farmer and other players in the agri-food value chain to make proper decisions leading to sustainable production and reducing the losses and energy and chemical production based on evidence decision making.

The evidence comes from data, turned into information. The information then needs to be presented in a clear way, to help understanding of a studied system (knowledge) and objective reasoning (wisdom).

Users of data in agriculture, a part of the precision farming, can be divided into two groups as:

  • data processors  – service IT providers, software producers and consultants, and service organizations in the domains including Earth observation, aerial photogrammetry, drone application, phytopathology, agronomy, interpretation of vegetation data from satellite and aerial images, etc.
  • consumers of results produced by data processors –   farmers, engineering and environmental agricultural companies, agronomists, machinery manufacturers and input providers (fertilizers, chemicals).

Members in both of these groups must collaborate in order to develop all required applications. Then all will benefit from these applications: farmers can make informed decisions regarding their crops and advisors can sell services to farmers and input providers can use weather and soil maps to predict the demand for fertilizer.

The vision of the Map Whiteboard innovation was born out of a sequence of large-scale collaborative writing efforts using Google Docs. As opposed to traditional offline word processing tools, Google Docs allows multiple people to edit the same document—at the same time—allowing all connected clients to see changes made to the document in real-time by synchronizing all changes between all connected clients via the server. The overall vision for the technology is that a Map Whiteboard will be to GIS what Google Docs is to word processing.

An additional dimension to the Map Whiteboard technology is the importance of sharing rather than only sharing data. Spatial data are subject to (mis)interpretation; maps are the means to express these interpretations in a manner  suitable for communicating purpose, intent and shared understanding. The Map Whiteboard is not limited to editing a shared dataset. The technology shares the entire map, presenting the data in the context of any background information that may be useful. It allows multiple clients to see the identical map interface and simultaneously draw on it, emulating the widespread use case of sitting around a meeting table looking at a map together, annotating it, pointing at “things”, and proposing changes. 

The MapWhiteboard is tested now  as an add-on to an application that performs automatic zoning of agricultural fields based on remote sensing data for defining yield potential and nitrogen application. The application takes as input a field, automatically acquires satellite imagery time series data, calculates indices such as the NVDI and uses the resulting 4D data to determine zones in the respective field that should be treated differently with respect to fertilisation, irrigation and pesticide application.

The MapWhiteboard component adds value to this scenario in two ways:

  1. Users can indicate points that reside within distinct areas of the field
  2. Users can modify the resulting zones after auto-classification
  3. Users can add recommendations, rates to the individual zones

Agro Domain support in Slovakia as part of the 2. INSPIRE ESPUS conference

Venue: 30/06/2022, 13:00 – 16:00 CEST

The webinar will take part during the 2. INSPIRE ESPUS conference, where a dedicated session will be held with the focus on the Agro domain support in Slovakia. 

Aside from the presentation of the Innovation Experiment 3 Agro environmental services, a wide range of contributions will be provided from the public, private, academia and R&D organizations. 

Webinar will provide the opportunity to disseminate the information about the Smartagrihubs, Agrihub CZ&SK and other agrifood related initiatives, organizations and stakeholders.

Agenda:

  • 13:00 – 13:30 INSPIRE implementations across the Europe (Thorsten Reitz,  WeTransform)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Podpora vesmírnych aktivít na Slovensku (Daniel Šagáth, Slovak space office)
  • 14:00 – 14:20 Geo aktivity rezortu Pôdohospodárstva (Jakub Soldán, Ministerstvo pôdohospodárstva a rozvoja vidieka Slovenskej republiky)
  • 14:20 – 14:30 Break
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Systémy na podporu rozhodovania v poľnohospodárstve (Radovan Hilbert, YMS)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Agro Environmentálne Služby (Marcela Bindzárová Gergeľová, Technická univerzita Košice)  
  • 15:30 – 15:50 Aplikácia digitálneho prieskumu zeme pre potreby agrosektoru (Miroslav Garaj, DIMATZ / Technická univerzita Košice)

What is the theme, problems we address?

  • Space sector awareness raising
  • Introduction of data and technological possibilities 
  • Community support 
  • Identification of opportunities 
  • Geoinformation platform

Website: https://inspire.gov.sk/clanky/pozvanka-na-2-inspire-espus-konferenciu

How to improve farming advisory services at 123rd OGC Member Meeting

Let us cordially invite you to join the upcoming Agriculture DWG session on “How to improve farming advisory services – from global needs and data to local advisory services”.

During the session, we plan to provide insights into existing advisory services, analyse problems with advisory services, look at how global data can be used locally, and how we can integrate local and global data. We will also discuss how different models and semantics can influence the transferring of solutions from country to country.

The session will be held during the 123rd OGC Member Meeting on Wednesday 15 June, 12:00 – 13:30 PM CET.

Our speakers will address following questions:

  • What are the main problems of current advisory services?
  • Where do you see the future? Global or local solutions?
  • Can we transfer experience from industry to agriculture?
  • How to integrate global and local data?

Agenda

  • The role of technology producers, service support and advisory for farmers in Adoption and running  of Precision Agriculture on the farm – Pavel Gnip (AGCO)

  • Advisory service – in between farmers and science: current status, new challenges and prospects – Sonja Gvozdenac (Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops)

  • Digital solutions for agriculture at a local, regional and global scale – Monika Manolova (Digital National Alliance)
  • Integrate global needs for longterm saver benefits – Walter H. Mayer (Progis)
  • Assymetric MapWhiteBoard as a Disruptive Technology for Agriculture Advisory Services – Karel Charvat (Plan4all) & Runar Stein Bergheim (Asplan Viak)

Register for the workshop at https://store.ogc.org/ and join virtually or visit Madrid!

Become a jury member for Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022!

The jury of experts in various fields selected the best application developed within the Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022. Now, we would like to give the general public the opportunity to choose the most popular application. Check hackathon reports and select the TOP 3 hackathon challenges by 13th June.

Vote now!

The Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022 focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, geospatial applications, remote sensing and GNSS goes after two-month hacking into the final stage scheduled on Tuesday 31st May 1:00 PM CEST! Registration for the closing event is still open!

Register now!

Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022 Final Event: Awards & Ceremony

The Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022 focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, geospatial applications, remote sensing and GNSS goes after two-month hacking into the final stage scheduled on Tuesday 31st May 1:00 PM CEST!

More than 40 participants have contributed to 16 challenges  to support digital innovation hubs in Czechia and Slovakia and their results are evaluated by an international experts jury.

During the final event, you will find out which top 3 teams were chosen by the jury and you will get acquainted with results those challenges.

GET AN OVERVIEW OF THE HACKATHON RESULTS:

  • Results of top 3 teams
  • Rewards ceremony and celebration

 

Are you interested in results of the Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon? Do not hesitate to register for this final presentation of results & awards ceremony!

Register now!

The Agrihub CZ&SK project  is financed by the SmartAgriHubs Project.

How To Start With Precision Farming Webinar

20.5.2022 – 10:00 AM CEST 

In this webinar, we will present the first steps that need to be taken to implement precision agriculture on your farm. The webinar will include the creation of a database of parcel boundaries, and the precise determination of travel lines and routes for each application.

Do you address the following questions? Digital field boundaries, optimal waylines, data collection and monitoring, variable rate applications, on-farm operational trials, yield variability?

Webinar will lalso introduce following challenges of Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022:

How to improve farming advisory services at 123rd OGC Member Meeting

Let us cordially invite you to join the upcoming Agriculture DWG session on “How to improve farming advisory services – from global needs and data to local advisory services”.

During the session, we plan to provide insights into existing advisory services, analyse problems with advisory services, look at how global data can be used locally, and how we can integrate local and global data. We will also discuss how different models and semantics can influence the transferring of solutions from country to country.

The session will be held during the 123rd OGC Member Meeting on Wednesday 15 June, 12:00 – 13:30 PM CET.

We would love to have you as a speaker addressing the following questions from the perspective of your organization:

  • What are the main problems of current advisory services?
  • Where do you see the future? Global or local solutions?
  • Can we transfer experience from industry to agriculture?
  • How to integrate global and local data?

Of course you can also nominate any of your colleagues if they would be a better fit to speak at the session. And please feel free to generally share this information within your organisation.

Please contact Hana Kubíčková at hana.kubickova@plan4all.eu to let us know if you are interested or if you have additional questions.

Drones Utilization for Crop Protection Webinar

In this webinar, we will introduce you to the challenge of the Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022, namely Challenge #15 Drones utilization for crop protection, which is one of innovation experiments defined for the Agrihub CZ&SK project. The objective of the innovation experiment is twofold – to present the possibilities for the exploitation and implementation of drones in agricultural practice, especially in the crop protection, and to open discussion for further cooperation for this field in the frame of the triple helix principle – R&D/farmers/SMEs.

The webinar is scheduled on 13/05 at 10 AM CEST.

Venue: virtual
Language: english
Duration: 1 hour

Agenda:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Introduction to Drones utilization for crop protection
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Farming robots and the use of drones in agriculture – Presentation of the use of drones in agriculture and a short introduction to the newest methods used in aerial farming.
    • Presentation agenda:
      • Introduction to the application of robots in agriculture,
      • use of drones in agriculture,
      • recent methods used in aerial farming.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Competences of university students for the use of drones in agriculture

Registration for the webinar is FREE. Register yourself via this link.

Invitation to Open Land Use Webinar

In this webinar, we will introduce you two challenges of the Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022, namely Challenge #8 How to use and improve OLU 2.0 and Challenge #7 OLU4Africa. It’s because these two challenges will cooperate closely on their goals. The broad goal of the CH8 is to enhance the established Open Land Use (OLU) 2.0 database with other thematic datasets and/or with data from different regions. That is where a goal of CH7 comes into play, which is to improve a second version of Open Land Use map for Africa primarily with ESA World Cover data. 

During the webinar, we briefly present OLU 2.0, its capabilities and the way how to use it. Then, we present some already done use cases from Africa or China, while the open questions for the hackathon will be stated.

The webinar is scheduled on 6/05 at 10 AM CEST.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83457552369?pwd=QnBEeFNDUGdQNTNMSmExcnc1UXdXZz09

Venue: virtual
Language: English
Duration: 45 minutes

Agenda:

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction to OpenLandUse 2.0 database
10:15 – 10:40 How OLU 2.0 was used so far – use cases: 

  • Examples on Rostenice Farm
  • OLU4Africa (it is also linked to SmartAfriHub activities)
  • OLU v2 for China (this activities are connected with SIEUSOIL project (https://www.sieusoil.eu/) and will be integrate  on SIEUSOIL Hub)

Webinar will introduce following challenges of Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022:

Registration for the webinar is FREE. Register yourself via this link.

Invitation to Utilization of Sensors in Agriculture Webinar

Sensors are one of important data producers that are used in many domains, including agriculture. Sensors can be utilized to monitor status of fields, buildings, livestock, machinery, delivery products and many many others use cases. 

The Webinar will introduce our open solution for sensor data management – SensLog with its extending components – Connectors and Analytics. We will introduce our web client application for visualization of measurements and management of the sensor networks. FIE20 application is a results of SmartAgriHubs Flagship Innovation Experiment #20 integrating different datasets useful for farmers in one application. 

During the webinar we will also introduce you to the Innovation Experiment of the Agrihub CZ&SK project that deals with the assessment of the available amount of water in irrigation and other reservoirs. The sensors we are dealing with are two types:

  • prototype of ultrasonic sensor for water level elevation
  • soil moisture sensors

The sensors will allow us to get the current data in watersheds and water reservoirs and with the use of weather forecast we will be able to estimate the amount of water that is currently stored in the reservoir and how much water will flow to the reservoir after forthcoming rain events.

 

Registration for the webinar is FREE. Register yourself via this link.

The webinar is scheduled on May 3rd 10-11 CEST.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88487793773?pwd=aEZSeFR1amZmZngwbHhzVmtaYkovdz09

Venue: virtual
Language: English
Duration: 60 minutes

Agenda

  • 10:00-10:10 SensLog – solution for sensor data management
  • 10:10-10:20 SensClient – application for visualization of measurements
  • 10:20-10:30 FIE20 application – web map application integrating data sources for farmers
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Irrigation management

Webinar will introduce following challenges of AgriHub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022