The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
Feb 20

GODAN Webinar: New geospatial service to facilitate publishing data

GODAN Webinar: New geospatial service to facilitate publishing data

Event Overview

GODAN Action’s partners have been working to enhance data standards and promote best practice to improve interoperability. This webinar will talk through the work and findings of the project and showcase resources available to support the standardisation of data to tackle food security. 

In particular, it will focus in on a newly developed service that allows tabular data provided as CSV files to be validated, automatically enriched with data from standard reference datasets and converted into standard formats that can be easily imported into a variety of online mapping and GIS tools. To demonstrate how it could help you to standardise and geo-reference your data, the Land Portal will share their experience and how they will use the service in their work as data aggregators.


Deborah Yates is a data governance specialist at the Open Data Institute. She has worked on data governance and led culture change through open data in the public sector. She led the programme of work at the Environment Agency to embed ‘open by design’ into business as usual and worked with information asset owners to understand and improve data management practices across the organisation. Deborah’s passion for open data stems from her practical experience in applying data policy and seeing the great potential to achieve so much more when data is open.
Marcello De Maria is a researcher and data analysis at the Land Portal Foundation and has been a consultant, among others, for the Italian National Institute of Agricultural Economics (CREA, ex-INEA). Also, he is currently completing his second PhD at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development — University of Reading (UK). He joined the Land Portal with the belief that improving land governance is one of the main challenges that the world is facing today, and that linked open data technologies and standards can play a major role in creating an accessible and inclusive information ecosystem, improving decisions and policies in the land sector. 


  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.


    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.