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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MICROBIAL POLLUTION OF GROUNDWATER IN THE TOWN OFWALKERTON, CANADA - Implications for the development of appropriate aquifer protection strategies


In May 2000, the town of Walkerton, Ontario suffered one of Canada's worst outbreaks of waterborne disease. In the final toll, 2,300 people became ill and seven people died. The principal pathogens were Escherichia coli O157:1-17 and Campylobacter jejuni, both found in the town's municipal well-water supply. The outbreak sparked intensive hydrogeological investigations and a nine-month long independent commission of inquiry. Two reports were issued. Part I focused on Walkerton and identified a cattle farm adjacent to the primary pumping well as the most probable cause of the outbreak. Part 2 delved deeply into all aspects of water supply in the Province and documented 93 commission recommendations concerning the Province-wide delivery of safe drinking water. The very first recommendation highlighted the need for adequate groundwater management and protection. To its credit, the government responded well to many of the issues raised, mostly as they relate to infrastructure, the operation of municipal water sources, the training of operators and data collection. However, from a hydrogeological perspective, the government's response has been disappointing, particularly with regard to its prescribed methodologies for groundwater protection. A program for mapping groundwater vulnerability and wellhead protection areas was hastily assembled following the Walkerton outbreak but is seriously under-funded, piece-meal in approach, and in several cases scientifically ill-conceived. Ultimately, there are no simple solutions and no easy short cuts, and the successful implementation of groundwater protection measures in Ontario will demand a serious commitment of funds and resources to advance significantly our basic understanding of the Province's groundwater resources and provide key input data.

  • CA
  • Univ_Toronto (CA)
Data keywords
    Agriculture keywords
    • farm
    • cattle
    Data topic
    • information systems
    Urban Groundwater Management and Sustainability
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    • Univ_Toronto (CA)
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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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