The panel session reviewed the motivations and requirements for standardisation of agricultural research data, and the current state of standards development, interoperability issues and adoption–including gaps and overlaps–in the agricultural sector. The panel discussed informatics challenges related to interoperability, adoption of agricultural research data and terminology standards, issues that are not currently widely discussed in the sector.
The panel session ‘Coordination of Data Standards and Interoperability in Agricultural Research: Gaps, Overlaps, Challenges and Future Directions’ was held on Wednesday 11th October at 14:00 to 15:30 (GMT+2) at the Vladimirsky Hall (3rd floor), St Petersburg Museum of Art.
Imma Subirats, from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, chaired the panel session with the following speakers:
Hugo Besemer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, member of the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD)
Odile Hologne, Institut national de la recherche agronomique, e-ROSA project partner
Dr. John Kinyuru, Food Science and Nutrition, Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture (JKUAT)
Prof., DrSc. Sergey Bartalev, Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI), Head of Terrestrial Ecosystems Monitoring Laboratory, GEOGLAM Initiative partner
For GODAN Action participants Valeria, Hugo and Imma, it was great to hear about the experiences of others working in the sector. As a result of networks built at the panel session, GODAN Action were invited to present the results of GODAN Action Focal Area 1 at a workshop convened by CODATA as part of the International Council for Science (ICSU), together with with other results of the work of the Interest Group Agricultural Data (IGAD).
This workshop was held on 14-16 November at the Royal Society in London, and aimed to formulate a number of "exemplar" projects to demonstrate the societal and scientific impact of the use of interoperable data. The workshop was well attended by many representatives of scientific unions and was a valuable opportunity to present findings to the sector.
GODAN Action presented a number of lessons to the workshop:
the wheat data interoperability effort shows that groups of researchers can achieve better standardisation without formulating a new standard
the GODAN working group of food classifications demonstrates that actors other than researchers and their organisations play an important role in some standardisation efforts.
The meeting was an initial attempt to create a bridge between efforts for scientific data standardisation, general societal frameworks and the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction, and further work will be needed.
You can find more information on GODAN Action focal area 1 (standards) on our approach page.
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