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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Design, development and evaluation of a wireless system for the automatic identification of implements


Monitoring operative conditions is one of the most important aspects of modern agricultural management. In order to improve data collection efficiency, it is necessary to develop an automated system that collects data on mechanised field operations and update the farm management information system (FMIS) database. Automation of operative monitoring is possible by adopting "field data loggers" (FDLs) installed in tractors working on farms. The present project is focused on the design, development and evaluation of a device based on wireless technology in order to identify the implements coupled to tractors. This allows automatic recognition of every mechanized operation carried out on the farm. The device consists of two main parts built with low cost commercial electronic components (hardware costs can be less than (sic)100): (a) a RF radio transmitter fixed on an implement that, on the 868 MHz frequency, sends a univocal numeric code at predefined time intervals for every machine monitored; and (b) a receiver (integrated into the FDL), positioned on the tractor. The transmitter is triggered by a vibration sensor: so that the transmission of the machine code occurs only if the implement is in the working phase. This allows low electrical absorption (the life of the transmitter battery is estimated to be about 9 years transmitting two codes per minute). The device was implemented and evaluated in the field taking into consideration two different transmission power levels (PW 0 and PW 1) and three receiver positions: (I) on the left mudguard; (ii) at the top of the ROPS (Roll Over Protection Structure); and (iii) on the front of the engine's hood of two different tractors. This is done in order to determine the experimental horizontal 2D-beam patterns for every transmitter-receiver combination. Results show that, with the transmitter set at PW 1, all three receiver positions on the tractors can identify the rear and front coupled implements (2D beam patterns area ranges from 353.2 to 758.1 m(2), major axis ranges from 20 to 35 m and overlay index is equal to 100%) therefore, in order to protect the receiver device from incidental strokes, we selected the rear of the tractor cab as the best position to mount the receiver device. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • IT
  • Univ_Milan (IT)
  • Free_Univ_Bozen_Bolzano (IT)
Data keywords
  • information system
Agriculture keywords
  • agriculture
  • farm
Data topic
  • sensors
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