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At GFIA Africa, in Durban, I had the pleasure of moderating the panel session on open data organised by GODAN (with GFAR and CTA): the session explored challenges and opportunities of open data for agricultural innovation as seen by different actors in the open data value chain.  The session was introduced by Andre Laperriere, Executive Director of GODAN. The panelists were: Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director, Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA)   Dr Summer Allen, Research Coordinator, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)   Fatma Ben...
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The full report of the first BDE workshop on “Big Data for Food, Agriculture and Forestry” is available here. Overall, what came out of the discussions was that the special thing about big data in agriculture is its extreme variety. This is what you get, if you contrast the four V’s of big data to the data types and sources that are typically used in agricultural and food research. In most cases we are not talking about an extremely large Volume (other domains have much more voluminous data); it is not that data come with an extremely high Velocity, especially compared to other domains. In...