At the 2012 G-8 Summit, G-8 leaders committed to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the next phase of a shared commitment to achieving global food security.
As part of this commitment, they agreed to “share relevant agricultural data available from G-8 countries with African partners and convene an international conference on Open Data for Agriculture, to develop options for the establishment of a global platform to make reliable agricultural and related information available to African farmers, researchers and policymakers, taking into account existing agricultural data systems.”
On April 29-30, the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture brought together open data and agriculture experts along with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte to explore more opportunities for open data and knowledge sharing that can help farmers and governments in Africa and around the globe protect their crops from pests and extreme weather, increase their yields, monitor water supplies, and anticipate planting seasons that are shifting with climate change.
Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global ICT Development, World Bank
Secretary Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
Dr. Derek Yach, Executive Director, The Vitality Institute
Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets, World Wildlife Fund
Introduction to Open Data: The Technical Details
What makes data open and why are governments interested in sharing it? From creating economic value to improving services to citizens, the ability for governments to publish open data is essential in today’s environment. Learn the basics of how this is happening around the world today, and what benefits governments are seeing in opening agricultural data to entrepreneurs, researchers, farmers, citizens, businesses, and other governments.
Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global ICT Development, World Bank
Nick Sinai, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, The White House
Dr. Steven Walker, CIO, Treasury Board, Canada
Dr. Ian Opperman, CSIRO, Australia
Dan Brickley, Schema.org, Google
Andy Isaacson, Palantir
Dr. Aboubacar Diaby, AGRA
An Australian Open Data Platform Bringing the Power of Big Data to Communities
Agricultural Open Data: Implications for Developing Countries
Governments in developed countries are working hard to make agriculture data open for others and accessible to farmers. This panel will focus on the implications of open data, potentially a significant resource for developing countries working to help poor farmers increase their productivity.
Julie Howard, Chief Scientist, USAID
Antonio Limbau, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Mozambique
Hirano Katsumi, Area Studies Center, Japan
Stanley Wood, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Sean Krepp, Grameen AppLab, Uganda
Good Practice, Access Barriers and Existing Gaps: Deriving needs from an African Perspective
This session combines past experiences on existing information systems in Africa with an outline for data needs from the perspective of different African target groups. Data acquisition, analysis and interpretation and feedbacks between providers and users of the planned database is not only an administrative but also a scientific task. Together with colleagues from Africa the session addresses the availability, accessibility and usability of relevant data on production, resources, conditions (weather, environmental, water availability, soil quality, etc.), markets, prices and food security of different types of households.
Martin Banse, Director and Professor, Thünen Institute, Germany
Martin Köhler, Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Germany
Emmanuel Tambi, FARA, Ghana
Dorcas Mwakoi, Agricultural Sector Coordination Unit, Kenya
Jörg Lohmann, GIZ, Germany
How recent G8/G20 research initiatives can contribute to the Open Data for Agriculture system
Following a short presentation of relevant G8/G20 initiatives, each speaker will analyze the ways this initiative will/could contribute to Open Data for Agriculture. Furthermore, the conditions for this initiative to benefit from Open Data for Agriculture should be discussed. A wrap-up round table discussion at the end of the session should highlight key messages.
Marion Guillou, Chair or Agreenium, Agriculture Chief Scientist, France
Sarah Lawan, On behalf of Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD
Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations
Hèlène Lucas, International Scientific Coordinator, The Wheat Initiative
Joseph Glauber, President, Agricultural Market Information System
Christian Hoste, Chair of interim Steering Committee, Tropical Agriculture Platform
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator
What does Open Data Look Like?
This session will provide some case studies of the use of open data to illustrate some of the issues associated with presentation of the data in a way which optimises its usefulness for end-users. It will consider different types of data, guiding principles, and different uses of data, including both research data and national agricultural data-sets.
Tim Benton, Champion, UK Global Food Security Programme, UK
Johannes Keizer, Team Leader, FAO United Nations, Italy
Dr. Sander Janssen, Wageningen, Netherlands
Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Director, Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG), ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India
Mr. Marc Bernard, Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food, Bonn, Germany
Richard Kottmeyer, Global Ag and Food Production Leader, Accenture
Making Agricultural Open Data Useful: Interoperability and Accessibility
Providing open data is the first step to using open data, but it also needs to be clear, well structured, and accessible to developers, researchers, and analysts to create meaningful value. This session helps to clearly explain the importance and approach to making data accessible and interoperable. This sets in place the capabilities for looking at international, cross-border analysis and intelligence to support food security issues from climate change to crop viability.
Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific, Singapore
Richard Leggett, CEO, Frontier Strategy Group, USA
Platforms and Technology for Releasing Open Data
This session will consider some of the technical aspects of sharing different types of data. Examples will be given of challenges encountered and overcome in relation to improving the interoperability of existing datasets and platforms. Data infrastructure solutions and services that facilitate integrated access to existing data sources by wide user communities will be presented.
James Macklin, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
Paul Kersey, Coordinator, Trans-national Infrastructure for Plant Genomic Science (transPLANT), Framework 7 Program, European Union; Lead, Ensembl Genomes, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK
Pankaj Jaiswal, Oregon State University
Dr Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director of FAO Statistics Division Group, Italy
Miguel Angel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain
Jacques Delince, Unit Head, JRC, EC, Spain
Jawoo Koo, Research Fellow, IFPRI
Networking Break (no presentation)
What is the demand for data for science and for policy in Africa?
We need to fully understand the demand for data from Africa if we are to design and implement effective ways of sharing information. The session will hear from a number of prominent and innovative thinkers, who will explore the challenges facing African agriculture and how we can understand and meet the demand for the right information that addresses them.
Prof. Tim Wheeler, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, DFID, UK
Prof. Maggie Gill, Senior Research Fellow at DFID, UK
Aaron Clapp, Hubbard Decision Research, USA
Prof. Tim Benton,Head of Global Food Security Programme, UK
Trevor Nicholls, the CEO of CABI, UK
World Bank: Open Data and Global Agricultural Statistics for Use by African Policy Makers
A panel will discuss constraints and political realities of data sharing and implementation of the Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and Rural Statistics. Panelists will also address how governments and other policy makers may analyze, use, and deploy knowledge gained from open data and what the anticipated benefits may be for African countries
Delivering on the Value of Ag Open DataGlobally: leveraging the value of scientific open data from the research laboratory to the field
This session demonstrates the impact of genomic and genetics open data on food security and showcases applications of open data. The session starts with the use of open data to strengthen corn and cassava improvement in Africa and moves to promising new international alliances to expand accessibility to open data to protect crops from disease and climate change. The session ends with future ideas on delivery of open data to scientists and farmers via both computer and cell phone.
Kay Simmons, Deputy Administrator, USDA
Edward Buckler, Research Geneticist, USDA
Katherine Kahn, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Chiedozie Egesi, National Root Crops Research Institute, Nigeria
Dan Stanzione, Deputy Director, Industrial Programs Group, Texas Advanced Computing Center; Principal Investigator, iPLANT Collaborative, USA
Open Data: Challenges for the Future
Leveraging Open Data to Accelerate the Development and Delivery of Farmer-preferred Product and Services in Africa
David Bergvinson, Deputy Director, Digital Design for Agriculture, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Shaida Badiee, Director, Development Economics Data Group, World Bank