Wednesday, 6 June 2018

New Book | Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition: Success Stories, Issue 2

Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition: Success Stories, Issue 2
by Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN), May 2017; written by: Sam Compton, edited by: Paul Nagle.

Table of Contents
  1. CTA, Africa, Caribbean & Pacific: Delivering Practical Data for Farmers, Decision-Makers
  2. Foodie, Global: Open Geospatial Data, Arable Farming
  3. AUSGOAL, Australia: Public Service Sharing Open Data
  4. Boer & Bunder, the Netherlands: Open Data for Farmers and Plot Development
  5. Digital Green, Asia and Africa: Community Video Production, Improving Agricultural Techniques
  6. Accessible Data on Irrigation, Yemen: Irrigation, Decision-Makers Data
  7. LANSA, Asia: Open Data Helps Research into Nutrition
  8. Sustainable World, Global: Training and Advice for Accessing Open Data for Development
  9. AGRIS, Global: Domain, Community and Database on Agricultural Open Data
  10. Global Yield Gap Atlas, Global: Crop Yield Research
  11. Open Data Institute, Global: Supporting Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition, with Focus on New Businesses

Foreword: The Data Revolution
This second issue of open data success stories demonstrates the importance and the key role that open data plays in supporting innovation in agriculture and nutrition across the globe. As food insecurity continues to threaten many lives, the increased awareness of open data has catalysed a multitude of initiatives designed to improve agricultural productivity at a pace that will allow everyone enough nutritious food for an improved quality of life. 
Since our first book of success stories, GODAN has expanded from 250 partners to over 500. We have seen our partner's research data provide new tools for making geospatial data more accessible to all and encourage the flow of best practices from one continent to another. Our partners have stressed the importance of access to reliable nutrition data, which is now seen as an integral part of the global food security agenda. 
Open data presents us with huge opportunities. But how do we deliver a responsible data revolution that leaves no one behind? As science-led thinking evolves and more data becomes available, we learn also more about obstacles that make increased agricultural productivity even more challenging than we initially thought.
Success in open data initiatives looks different depending on one's perspective. For some, simply kicking off an open data initiative is a huge success while for others, success is a clear policy outcome or an improvement in human nutrition. Additionally, we also need to be able to articulate where we fail as well as succeed, and most importantly learn and do better next time. Our next compilation will also tell stories of failure. Are you brave enough to share them with us? 
The next digital revolution has truly begun. We aim to make it for the benefit of all.
 
André Laperriere, GODAN Executive Director

See Also:
Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition: Success Stories, Issue 1. by Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN), August 2016; written by: Sam Compton, edited by: Diana Szpotowicz and Paul Day.


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