e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Knowledge development for weed management in organic farm systems in the UK


Farmers advisors, researchers and policy makers, regularly mention weeds as one of the major constraints in organic farming systems. In the UK these represent a range of systems, often adapted to take advantage of specific Local environmental and socio-economic situations. Weed management in this context is a very practical activity dependant on a wide range of factors including crop, crop stage, rotation, soil conditions, weather, equipment and/or tabour availability. ALL farmers therefore carry out trials of weeding methods to establish 'what works' and thus develop their knowledge and experience about weeds and weeding. Consequently, a large body of informal knowledge based on farmer experience with weed management exists and farmers place considerable emphasis on communicating and swapping this knowledge with other farmers when Learning about weed management techniques and obtaining information on weeds. For this reason they also consistently rank farm walks and open days as the most important way of Learning about weeds and weed management. Work in the UK has shown that, surprisingly, farm advisors are often not ranked as important sources of information on weed management and researchers are usually ranked even Lower. However, researchers and advisors can potentially contribute a great deal from a vast body of formal research, both conventional and organic, that has been undertaken on weed management. This can be done by trying to construct a participatory and collegiate framework for advisory and research work into weed management, in which all perspectives on weed management are valued. This approach stresses effective communication between the actors as a central part of the process in which researchers, advisors and farmers are encouraged to jointly evaluate both formal and informal knowledge. This field note highlights some of the approaches taken in a recent organic weed management project in the UK.

      Data keywords
      • knowledge
      • knowledge based
      Agriculture keywords
      • farm
      • farming
      Data topic
      • information systems
      • semantics
      Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future: New Visions for Rural Areas
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        e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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