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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Assessing the implementation of Ontario's Nutrient Management decision_support system


While land use planners increasingly rely on information technology to assist decision making, there are few empirical studies that assess the actual implementation of decision_support systems. This article assesses the implementation of Ontario's Nutrient Management (NMAN) computer program using a case study of the livestock building permitting procedures in East Perth Township. In the 1970s, some townships in Ontario required livestock operators to obtain a Certificate of Compliance prior to receiving a building permit. Applicants were required to satisfy minimum distance separation criteria, ratio of animals to land area, and manure storage requirements. In the 1990s, the process changed when many townships enacted Nutrient Management By-laws, requiring applicants to prepare a nutrient management plan, in addition to the minimum distance separation criteria and manure storage requirements. The NMAN software fulfills a dual role. Livestock operators use the NMAN to prepare a nutrient management plan, whereas review agency officials use the NMAN software to ensure the nutrient management plans meet provincial requirements. We conduct a review of 122 livestock building permit applications in East Perth Township to compare performance measures pre-and post-use of the NMAN software. We frame the assessment around contextual, process, and outcome criteria from decision_support system (DSS) and policy-oriented implementation studies. The findings indicate that with the NMAN the review agency officials receive more information concerning the physical properties of fields that receive manure, soil nutrient levels, crop rotation patterns, manure application method and timing, among other farming practices. The review agencies have more knowledge about the operators' capacity to safely dispose of manure generated at the proposed and expanding facility. While the process continues to be fair, the overall length of time to process a building permit application was longer. This was often a result of the time needed to gather the information to input into the NMAN software. However, the length of time required by the review agencies was significantly shorter. Opportunities for future research include applying the field-based nutrient application rates on a watershed scale, and assessing farmers' use and user satisfaction with the NMAN software.

  • CA
  • GB
  • Nipissing_Univ (CA)
Data keywords
  • knowledge
  • information technology
Agriculture keywords
  • farming
  • livestock
Data topic
  • information systems
  • decision support
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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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