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Plantwise hosted an exhibit stand during the G8 conference, giving demos of the Knowledge Bank. Credit: Patricia Neenan © CABI

Plantwise hosted an exhibit stand during the G8 conference, giving demos of the Knowledge Bank. Credit: Patricia Neenan © CABI

With a successful first day at the G8 conference wrapped up, and hundreds of tweets posted with ideas for how open data can contribute to increased food security, Day 2 kicked off with Dr Kathryn Sullivan from NOAA welcoming the delegates, and a session on ‘What Does Open Data Look Like?’ chaired by Prof Tim Benton, who has guest blogged for Plantwise before. Join in the discussion on Twitter using #OpenAgData and #Plantwise, and follow us on Facebook for more news.

Dr Sullivan from NOAA highlights importance of weather data for agriculture.

Plantwise is exhibiting at the conference all day, giving demonstrations of the Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

How can large datasets be shared? Sending over the internet is still not the solution for everyone.

Idea on data format to make it most accessible.

Representatives from Ghana share their successes with open data.

Kenya already has the mobile infrastructure to communicate information to farmers – many other countries in Africa are not far behind.

Offering a market access take on data for agriculture.

Putting data into context.

The 5 musts of a global open data system.

Prof Maggie Gill from DFID discusses the challenges of knowledge exchange and says that they aim to explore the demand for data in Africa.

Trevor Nicholls from CABI takes to the floor to introduce the Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

How data collection has enabled a prompt response to pest outbreaks.

Not all countries want to share their pest and disease data for fears that this might affect trade.

Aaron Clapp from Hubbard Decision Research highlights the difficulties of communicating data to farmers.

The UK’s Global Food Security Champion, Prof Tim Benton, thinks a ‘whole system’ approach is needed.

A tool that uses statistical models to predict how a plant variety will perform before it is tested in the field should improve efficiency of cassava breeding.

Who’s going to pay for agricultural databases in the long term?

Thanks to everyone who tweeted during the conference. Follow the Plantwise blog and the CABI Facebook page for further news.

Several countries from the conference have developed action plans to make agricultural data open. These can be accessed here.

G8 Press Statement on the Action Plans:

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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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