TEST.JPG00000 European Approach for Big Data in Agriculture being discussed in Prague

Dozens of organisations met in Prague at Hotel Galaxie between Thursday 26 January and Friday 27 January 2017. The primary aim of the meeting was to initiate discussions on European approach towards Big Data in Agriculture between the following organisations:
Lesprojekt – služby s.r.o., ATOS Spain SA, Neuropublic A. E. Pliroforikis & Epikoinonion, SpaceBel SA, Institut für Angewandten Informatik EV, Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N. V, EXUS Software Ltd, Instytut chemii bioorganicznej Polskiej akademii nauk, Zetor Tractors a.s. Consiglio per La Ricerca in Agricoltora e L’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, NB Advies, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, OPEN GEOSPATIAL CONSORTIUM (Europe) Limited LBG, FRAUNHOFER Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung EV, CSEM Centre Suisse D’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA – Recherche et Developpment, IBM Israel – Science and Technology Ltd., INTRASOFT International SA, Terrasigna SRL, E-GEOS SPA, Západočeská univerzita v Plzni, Centre for Research and Technology HELLAS, CIAOTECH Srl, SPACEBEL SA.

Such work is a part of the Data Driven Bioeconomy (DataBio) project. The DataBio project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 732064. The project focuses on achieving the best production of raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials taking into account responsibility and sustainability. Experiences from the United States of America demonstrates that bioeconomy and specifically agriculture can get a significant boost from Big Data. In Europe, this sector has until now attracted only few large ICT vendors. The central goal of DataBio is to increase participation of European ICT industry in development of Big Data systems for boosting the lagging bioeconomy productivity.

The European Copernicus space programme has currently launched its third Sentinel satellite. Agriculture, forestry and fishery can greatly benefit from Copernicus. Consequently, DataBio will assist also to European Earth Observation Industry to play an important role in agricultural area.
Needs of different pilots in Europe, available tools, data and methods were discussed during the Prague meeting. The meeting was also a kick-off of Agriculture Work Package (of the DataBio project), which is coordinated by Lesprojekt služby. Outputs from the kick-off meeting are going to be re-used in half of February during technical meeting in Espoo in Finland. The goal is to define the first draft of Big Data concept in Agriculture till the end of July.

We are interested for cooperation with other organisations within and beyond Europe. In case of interest please contact Mr. Karel Charvat charvat@lesprojekt.cz