Efficiency, sustainable and viable rural economy, and supportive governance are main impacts of open data in agriculture and nutrition
On 10th and 11th of November, the Government of The Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs hosted the 2nd International Workshop ‘Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition,’ which was well attended by about 75 representatives from government, private sector, research institutions and non-governmental organizations from mainly Europe and Africa.
Following the highly successful first workshop in January of this year, the Ministry organised the second international workshop jointly with GODAN and Wageningen University and Research. Find the edited Summary Report here (NEW).
Open data offers great opportunities for informed and transparent decision making and for developing a data driven economy
Participants worked intensively together in sessions unpacking the impacts of open data, supporting business innovation, and the priorities needed for action for the coming period for the broader community of open data in agriculture and nutrition.
Workshop Conclusions Impacts are best viewed from the different points of views afforded to those in government, private sector, and civil society.
For governments, the most desirable impacts lead to increased innovation in society, and governments are keen to see where they where it can be seen that governments have played a demonstrable role in making this happen.
For the private sector, open data is a way to operate in a more cost-efficient manner, either by reducing internal transaction cost of working with data or by improving decision making based on data.
For civil society, impacts can take many forms, and mainly depend on the specific context in which open data has the opportunity to play a significant role; notably impacts are seen to arise from promoting a sustainable living environment for citizens and a viable rural economy.
Roads to success Participants also keenly discussed the roads to achieve these impacts from a range of other perspectives: technology; best practices & organizational issues; and business innovation. There are very promising technological developments , which can be deployed in the sector for example, remote sensing, drones, semantic interoperability and data sharing agreements. Participants thought that these technologies are ready to be deployed, but in many cases require a thorough assessment to understand their market readiness. With respect to business innovations, participants proposed development of an innovation matrix of promising applications, either by applying existing solutions to new clients, or by developing more solutions for existing clients for open data. Such solutions need to be specifically scoped for open data in agriculture and nutrition.
From the perspective of best practices and organization, an assessment is needed of the current organizational capabilities within the community, and of the ways needed to fund organizsations in order to enhance their learning capacity and deal with (open) data in agriculture and nutrition. The need for more data scientists strongly emerged across discussions in the different working sessions.
Derek Scuffell from Syngenta announced an effort to scope the data ecosystem ahead of the GODAN Summit 2016 in September next year, through development of a discussion paper led by Syngenta and GODAN.
Malick Tapsoba from Burkina Faso Open data Initiative announced a workshop on 7 & 8 of December in Burkina Faso on impact of open data for agriculture and water. Finally, Francois van Schalkwyk of the World Wide Web Foundation announced an effort to open data on so called ‘wet mills’ for coffee and their locations to enable more efficiency in the value chain.
The workshop was closed by Andre Laperriere, Executive Director of the GODAN Secretariat and Ineke Lemmen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
They concluded the workshop had brought together a rich understanding of the next steps on the way to impact with open data in agriculture and nutrition, providing many relevant steps for the community. A full workshop report and the presentations will be available shortly online.
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Click here further information about the 1st workshop on ‘Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition,’ from January 2015.
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