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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Exchanges of Environmental Information: the next challenge?


ACTA Informatique is developing a two years project (2009-2010) on environmental information that is strongly related to the AgriXchange project, with a group of French organisations (including R&D institutes, AgroEDI Europe, and the association of French agricultural software programmes editors). We define environmental information as information about environmental factors impacting the agricultural production at farm level (e.g. weather data) and information describing the impact of agricultural activities on the environment (nitrogen leaks, chemical residues, manure, etc.). We tried to develop an inventory of environmental information as above defined. At first, we analysed relevant regulatory documentation. But we found that the analysis of data that are necessary to run decision_support systems (e.g. for evaluating a risk at field or farm level), and evaluation tools (e.g. estimating the impact of cattle production on underground water quality) is more promising: we established lists of variables necessary to run many DSS and evaluation tools. We observed that these DSS and evaluation tools are not very much used. A reason for this situation seems to be the quantity of data to input. In this context, we investigated the interest of EDT links between farm management information systems (FMIS) used by farmers themselves and the above DSS and evaluation tools. Test beds were performed: the information exchanges between FMIS and DSS were proved quite efficient to make easier the use of DSS. We try to analyse the limits of this approach: - it makes necessary a strong co-operation between -DSS producers and FMIS producers, DSS producers have to use (at first!) information already input by farmers in their FMIS, - information exchange messages must be defined and normalised. In the example that we will present, we used two UN/CEFACT XML messages developed by AgroEDI Europe: the first one describes all operations performed at field level (eDAPLOS message) and the second one describes the phyto-sanitary situation of the field (Agronomical Observations Report Message). Our conclusion is that, providing a strong co-operation between DSS and FIS producers, the information exchanges dealing with environmental data could be very useful for farm management, and could increase very quickly. Exchanges of environmental information should thus become far more important than transmission of traceability information to cooperatives and industrial clients.

  • FR
  • Inst_Elevage (FR)
  • ARVALIS_Inst_Vegetal (FR)
  • Irstea (FR)
  • Ctifl (FR)
  • ACTA_Inst_Fil_Anim_&_Veg (FR)
Data keywords
  • information system
  • XML
Agriculture keywords
  • agriculture
  • agronomy
  • farm
  • cattle
Data topic
  • information systems
  • decision support
Document type

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Institutions 10 co-publis
  • Irstea (FR)
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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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