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agINFRA Consortium to spur agricultural research in Europe

Rome, Italy: To help agricultural scientific communities in Europe, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) formed agINFRA Consortium, a team of eleven global partners. The inaugural agINFRA project meeting took place in Rome, hosted by the FAO.

Through the Consortium, the FAO aims to deliver a new Innovative Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) that will remove existing obstacles concerning sharing, processing and accessing scientific information and data in agriculture. It also aims to improve preparedness of agricultural scientific communities to face, manage and exploit the ever-increasing abundance of multi-disciplinary data that is available to support agricultural research.

According to the FAO, sharing research data is “an intricate and difficult problem” (Borgman, 2011, JASIST). There is relatively little sharing taking place and few standards for giving data the required computational semantics to make sharing an automated process. Yet, reusing data is one of the core principles of science and poses a major concern for scientists and policy makers alike.

Source: GSDI Newsletter & FAO