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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture. Credit: USDAgov (CC BY 2.0 license)

Delegates from around the world are convening in Washington D.C. this week at the G8 conference on Open Data for Agriculture. The goal of the conference is to: “Obtain commitment and action from nations and relevant stakeholders to promote policies and invest in projects that open access to publicly funded global agriculturally relevant data streams, making such data readily accessible to users in Africa and world-wide, and ultimately supporting a sustainable increase in food security in developed and developing countries”. Plantwise is exhibiting at the conference, and we are collecting some of the top tweets here on our blog. You can watch the whole conference live on the web here. Join in the discussion on Twitter using #OpenAgData and #Plantwise, and follow us on Facebook for more news.

Bill Gates opens the conference.

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer for the White House, emphasises the importance of sharing data with others.

Digital Green are getting farmers to share their knowledge with other farmers by creating educational videos.

An interesting idea to connect with farmers in Ghana via Skype.

Learning farming theory through a farm simulation game.

African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Open Data Platform allows users to extract data and share customised reports.

CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, tweets about the Global Yield Gap Atlas project.

WWF’s Jason Clay says it is important for data to be accessible and used in the right way.

Dr Yach from The Vitality Institute thinks collaboration is key to helping smallholder farmers increase profits.

More thoughts on combining several sources of data to gain better insight.

Patricia Neenan from CABI reports on the unbalanced availability of technology for farmers in Africa.

More on mobile.

Launch of USAID’s open data platform.

How do you think open data can contribute to a sustainable increase in food security? Comment below or tweet your thoughts using #OpenAgData and #Plantwise.

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