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Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

January 15, 2015

The international workshop “Creating Impact with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition”, to be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on 19 and 20 January 2015, explores the different types of impact of open data and the pathways towards these impacts. The workshop is hosted by the Government of the Netherlands and organised by the Open Data Institute in the United Kingdom in collaboration with Alterra, a part of Wageningen University and Research Centre.

The meeting will bring together 50 participants drawn from the membership of GODAN to look at cases of the impact of open data in agriculture in an open process of interaction and discussion. In fact, the workshop will open up space for a variety of diverse voices to be heard: governments, businesses, consultants, universities, research organisations and NGOs.

Making agriculturally-relevant data accessible to users around the world

CTA will share the findings from a report commissioned from Alterra on open data benefits for smallholder farmers where the authors identified the main potential areas for open data use. The report aimed to answer the following questions: what is the actual impact of the open data movement on the food and nutrition security of smallholders in the developing world? What opportunities does it present, and which remain unfulfilled?

data revolution247This will be complemented by the results from their report on a Caribbean study looking at specific open data activities and infrastructure used in agriculture highlighting, in particular, the role of Jamaica's government in promoting open data use for agriculture.

Keynotes from the Gates Foundation and WaterWatch will provide the perspectives from a donor and private sector organisation respectively. The meeting will include workshops with speakers from around the world in areas ranging from participatory mapping to "Big" data in mobile agriculture.

Workshop 1 - Success stories: Delivering impact - David Tarrant (the Open Data Institute)

Workshop 2 - Open data and innovation - Ulrich Atz (the Open Data Institute)

Workshop 3 - Business Models and Solutions: The Open Data Challenge Series - Ed Dowding (Foodtrade)

Workshop 4 - Mobile technology and open data: joint breakthrough power - Sander Janssen (Alterra - Wageningen UR)


  • Challenges ahead in improving Data Usability in Agriculture and Nutrition - David Tarrant (The Open Data Institute)
  • Best practice guidelines and quality standards to ensure data is as usable as possible

Moderated panel:

  • Roads ahead for open data for agriculture and nutrition.
  • Identification, together with participants, of some quick wins that can improve domains such as research collaboration, and product innovation.

Moderators: Sjoerd Croqué (Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands), Martin Parr tbc (CABI), Kate Schneider (Gates Foundation), Ulrich Atz (tbc, the Open Data Institute).

Follow us on Twitter @CTAflash for updates about the workshops and join the online discussion via the Twitter #GODAN hashtag.

Following the workshops, a hackathon will gather coders, developers, designers, business developers and experts, who will build demonstrator applications illustrating the use of open data for agriculture.

For more information, please visit the GODAN website.