To take full advantage of digital agriculture and data to enable the transformation of agri-food networks, then trust around ag-data access and use needs to be fostered. To this end, a range of initiatives are currently being investigated and implemented, including education and awareness programs, data co-operatives and other collaborative models. Most notably, since 2014, voluntary ag-data codes of practice have emerged to not only help develop ‘good’ ag- data practices but also to build trust in the way ag-data is managed.
Broadly stated, ag-data codes of practice act beyond legal mandates (ie, government legislation) and attempt to both harness the benefits of ag-data and protect producers’ privacy and security. More specifically, data codes tend to focus on the key areas that give rise to mistrust: consent, disclosure and transparency around ag-data practices.
In this webinar, Leanne Wiseman (Griffith Law School, Griffith University) and Chris Addison (CTA) examine the models of the New Zealand Farm Data Code of Practice, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data and the EU Code on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Agreement, and highlight the strengths and potential weaknesses of the different models.
In addition some of the work being undertaken with farmers organisations is featured highlighting their role as potential trust centres for farmers with some of the approaches taken to safeguard the farmers position in voluntary ag-data codes of practice.
- Leanne Wiseman is Associate Professor in the Griffith Law School, Griffith University and is Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). Leanne is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research lies at the intersections of law, agriculture, and technology. To date, her research has addressed the application of intellectual property law to the regulation of various domains including; the impact of open access on scholarly research and communication practices and its underlying datasets, and the intellectual property and licensing issues arising from the new digital technologies embedded in agricultural industries Much of her recent work focuses on agricultural data governance issues, including the legal social and ethical implications of smart farming or digital agriculture, both nationally and internationally.
- Chris Addison is Senior Coordinator for Data4Ag at the CTA. He has worked in the ICT and knowledge management for development sector for the last 18 years and as director of the non-profit One World Europe. He has worked with a range of development organisations on digitalisation. He contributed to the OpenAire Open Data report as joint author of the Agriculture chapter. Whilst at IFPRI, he commissioned the conversion of the Global Hunger Index data to linked open data. He currently manages the Blockchain and Data4Ag projects at CTA and he is also editor of the ICT update.
Do not miss this opportunity to hear from the presenters, ask questions and discuss with those working on data rights around the world. If you cannot attend at this time, make sure to register and we will send you a video recording after it has finished.