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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Data Analytics for Rapid Mapping: Case Study of a Flooding Event in Germany and the Tsunami in Japan Using Very High Resolution SAR Images


In this paper, we present data analytics for a quantitative analysis in a rapid mapping scenario applied for damage assessment of the 2013 floods in Germany and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. These scenarios are created using pre-and postdisaster TerraSAR-X images and a semi-automated processing chain. All our dataset is tiled into patches and Gabor filters are applied as a primitive feature extraction method to each patch separately. A support vector machine with relevance feedback is implemented in order to group the features into categories. Once all categories are identified, these are semantically annotated using reference data as ground truth. In our investigation, nondamaged and damaged categories were retrieved with their specific taxonomies defined using our previous hierarchical annotation scheme. The classifier supports rapid mapping scenarios (e. g., floods in Germany and tsunami in Japan) and interactive mapping generation. The quantitative damages can be assessed by: 1) flooded agricultural areas (21.66% in the case of floods in Germany and 4.15% in the case of tsunami in Japan) and destroyed aquaculture (2.33% in the case of tsunami in Japan); 2) destroyed transportation infrastructures, such as airport (50% in case tsunami in Japan), bridges, and roads.; and 3) debris that appears in postdisaster images (3.81% in the case of tsunami after the aquaculture was destroyed). The first analysis envisages the floods of Elbe river in June 2013: 30% of the investigated area, about 179 km(2), including agricultural land, forest, river, and some residential and industrial areas close to the river, was covered by water. The second analysis, considering an area of 59 km(2) affected by the tsunami, led us to conclude that 3 months after the tsunami, some of the categories returned to previous functionality-the airport, others return to partial functionality such as isolated residents, and some were totally destroyed-the aquaculture. The flooded area was about 59 km(2) The proposed approach goes beyond a simple annotation of the data and provides an intermediate product in order to produce a relevant visual analytics representation of the data. This makes it easier to compare datasets and different quantitative findings in a meaningful manner, accessible both to experts and regular users. Our paper presents an interactive and automatic, fast processing method applicable to large and complex datasets (such as image time series). In addition to enhancing the information content extraction (number of identified categories), this approach enables the discovery and analysis of these categories. The novelty of this paper resides in that this is the first time data analytics have been run on a large dataset and for different scenarios using a semi-automated processing chain.

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  • RO
  • Helmholtz_Assoc (DE)
  • Univ_Polytech_Bucarest (RO)
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    Agriculture keywords
    • agriculture
    Data topic
    • big data
    • semantics
    • sensors
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    Institutions 10 co-publis
    • Helmholtz_Assoc (DE)
    • Univ_Polytech_Bucarest (RO)
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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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