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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The entrepreneur rural region: Competitiveness, sustainability and innovation


Regions are becoming global agents of development, overcoming in many dimensions the traditional perspective, of the Nation State. Regions are getting more powerful and autonomous, are designing regional strategies adapted to their needs and potentialities, are promoting their assets and resources in the international sphere, are competing for investment, projects, highly qualified human resources, tourists, etc., and are using place marketing approaches to tell the world how good they are. Sustainability and innovation became main drivers in regional development models, being a kind of framework yin and yang of the regional competitiveness. Regions are becoming real entrepreneurs in the global arena. For example in the European Union context, Regions like Catalonia, West Midlands, Rhone Alps, Emilia-Romagna are emerging more and more as global players, taking on one side the advantages of being part of strong States like Spain, UK, France or Italy and on the other side they have a degree of autonomy and power that allows them to develop the best options in relation to their regional development needs. This is usually the case of "winning Regions", more central and better connected (physically, digitally), with high levels of urbanization, economic performances, R&D investment, high-tech sectors, etc. usually used as the best case studies. Nevertheless, many other Regions, with more rural and peripheral characteristics are willing to develop similar approaches, adapted to their situation. There are many different realities of rural regions but in general they present a more peripheral position, with lower population densities, weaker economic development, worse connections, lower levels of human capital, low-tech sectors sometimes with lower productivity and profitability, etc. Agriculture and associated activities continues to be important but in different degrees of relevance for the regional development (sometimes is more important in an indirect perspective, linked with the maintenance of landscape and local populations, preservation of traditions, identity and culture and not that much in terms of employment or revenues-a more European perspective). On the other side, those regions usually presents advantages and potentialities related to the better environmental conditions, are associated with a more "traditional way of life", are far away from the "development urban hazards" (pollution, traffic, fast-food meals) being attractive to different kinds of tourism (from more relaxed to,more. active / sportive; from natural to cultural; etc) and are the source of many high quality products (agro-food, wine, etc.). Territory is a factor of differentiation and on that way it can be a factor of attractiveness and competitiveness, being so irnportant to have planning approaches that deals with the specific characteristics and dynamics of each territory. Improving the competitiveness factors of rural regions, through capacity building processes focused on drivers like sustainability and innovation, can, lead to the development of more entrepreneur rural regions. This paper will discuss the concept of entrepreneur rural regions as an approach focused on the improvement of the regional competitiveness factors. It will be presented the case study of Alentejo, Region, in South of Portugal, that is trying to go from "bread to brain", from a development model based on the land, on the agriculture and natural resources,, to a new path of development where the knowledge and innovation are the new "ground" for prosperity. That does not mean the abandonment of the traditional sectors; it means the integration of knowledge-base approaches into the traditional sectors (through research, 'marketing, e-commerce, etc.). Today Alentejo presents in the European markets some high quality products like wine, olive oil, agro-food products. Even tourism is boomirig in the Region, trying to take advantage from the unspoiled natural areas and the growing international demands (especially coastal areas) and bringing in innovation (e.g. new products like eco-resorts, rural tourism, thematic routes, e-booking services, e-marketing, etc.) nevertheless raising worries and concerns about the increasing demand forland (urbanization) and natural resources (water, energy) in tourism development areas. If we need to have innovation- on one side, we need to have. the issues of sustainability on the other, as a way. of balancing environmental and socio-economics aspects, safeguarding the quality of the products and on that way their competitiveness, Yin-novation and Yang-sustainability. The entrepreneur rural regions needs to achieve a complementary relation between those perspective and to reinforce some other fundamental dimensions like-governance, leadership, human capital (education, qualifications), social capital (trust, community rules, bonds), leadership, etc. The case study of Alentejo will allow a better view over the concept of entrepreneurial,region and its'characteristics. It will also, be possible to draw some lessons for regions that are trying. to find its way through in rural and peripheral regions like Sichuan in P.R.China.

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    Data keywords
    • knowledge
    • knowledge based
    Agriculture keywords
    • agriculture
    Data topic
    • modeling
    Entrepreneurial Strategy Innovation and Sustainable Development
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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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