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GODAN website

On the website www.godan.info several publications, videos, and news items on open data for agriculture can be downloaded from the “Research” section, “Success Stories” section, and “Summit 2016” section. An example of a research publication is “A Global Data Ecosystem for agriculture and food” (https://goo.gl/kcCTzD).   

A Data Ecosystem for Agriculture and Food | GODAN

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The Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack) provides a roadmap for governments. The AgPack suggests six policy areas where open data can support the agricultural sector. Based on a participatory process with politicians, agricultural experts and the open data community, 14 key data categories are identified. For each data category, the potential use of the data by the agricultural sector and the estimated effort to publish this data from government sources are discussed and examples of implementation and initiatives that support the interoperability of each data category are provided. The categories include data on pest and disease management, production advice, soil, hydrology, elevation, meteorology, markets, infrastructure, value chain, land use and productivity, rural projects, government finance, official records and regulations. The AgPack also highlights 10 examples of open data in action demonstrating how governments are harnessing data to address sustainable agriculture and food security around the world.



Interest Group on Agricultural Data

Within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 100 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent thematic groups. IGAD is a forum for sharing experience and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for agricultural research and innovation and promotes good practices in research with regard data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability.


Agricultural Data IG (IGAD)

Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 100 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups. IGAD is a domain-oriented group working on all issues related to global agriculture data.

On Twitter

#OpenAgData is the information exchange place on Twitter about open data development in agriculture.


#openagdata hashtag on Twitter

See Tweets about #openagdata on Twitter. See what people are saying and join the conversation.

Open Data at CTA

Information about Open Data in agriculture can be found on the website of CTA. It shows in chronological order news items, information from events and training sessions, infographics, best practices, and research reports on open data.



Open Access and Open Data Support Pack

CGIAR has developed a support pack to share information and material to assist practitioners on open data for agriculture in various aspects of open access and open data implementation. It is a living resource that will grow over time. Material can be found about open access and open data, policies and plans, staffing information (including ToRs), information and links to repositories, and a calendar.


Open Access & Open Data Support Pack

This Open Access & Open Data Support Pack has been created to share information and materials to assist you in various aspects of OA-OD implementation. It is a living resource, and will therefore grow and change over time. In keeping with its Open Access sentiments, this resource is viewable by anyone with the URL.

Responsible Data

The Responsible Data Forum is a collaborative effort to develop useful tools and strategies for dealing with the ethical, security and privacy challenges facing data-driven advocacy. The project is built on the premise that using data in advocacy carries with it a responsibility to avoid contributing to the harm of people reflected in that data or who might be affected by its use, and that responsible data practices will also inevitably lead to stronger, more efficient and impactful advocacy.




The FAO’s Statistics Division provides free access to food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories and covers all FAO regional groupings from 1961 to the most recent year available on its new website FAOSTAT. Everyone can for free download the data, look at country indicators and rankings.



FAOSTAT provides free access to food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories and covers all FAO regional groupings from 1961 to the most recent year available.

Open Data Portals

DataPortals.org offers a comprehensive list of open data portals from all over the world. It is curated by a group of leading international open data experts – including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.


Home – Data Portals


Open Agriculture

the MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture (“OpenAg”) Initiative we are on a mission to bring out the farmer in everyone by creating healthier, more engaging, and more inventive food systems. OpenAg is building collaborative tools and platforms to develop an open-source ecosystem of food technologies that enables and promotes transparency, networked experimentation, education, and local production. By making the science behind modern agriculture more accessible, we hope to break down the barrier of entry and put the power of food production back in the hands of the people.


OpenAg Initiative – Farming for the Future

Farming for the Future

Open Data Institute

On the website of the Open Data Institute there is a section reserved for agriculture and nutrition. It publishes some updates and about reports and events on the topic on which the Open Data Institute has been working with partners.


Agriculture and nutrition | Open Data Institute

The global food system is struggling** under the combined pressures of a growing population, climate uncertainty and volatile market forces. Lots of **information is important** to how we farm and feed the world.

Open Data Resource Centre

An overview of good practice, impact of open data, and publications from all around the world on open data trends have been collected and presented on the Open Data Charter website. Its Resource Centre is a portal with many links to open data research and other knowledge products and publications.


Resource centre – International Open Data Charter

The Resource Centre of the Open Data Charter is designed to be a searchable, interactive online toolkit which brings together …

Roadmap for open data support

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data supports country-led efforts to advance whole-of-government and multi-stakeholder Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development. One way it does so is through the Data4SDGs Toolbox, a set of tools, methods and resources developed by Data Champions from around the world, adapted and compiled by the Global Partnership. The Data4SDGs Toolbox could help countries to create and implement their own holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development — roadmaps that are responsive to and drive positive change on the ground. The Toolbox will address institutional, policy, technical, resources and capacity issues, among other things. It will help countries to address challenges and seize new opportunities in the collection and use of real-time, dynamic, disaggregated data to achieve and monitor the SDGs and their own sustainable development priorities.




Open Data Day

Every year there is Open Data Day. On Saturday 4 March 2017, Open Data Day 2017 has been organised, a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, and create visualisations in an Open Data Hackathon. It also publishes analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. 


You are invited – Open Data Day

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. For the seventh time in history, groups from around the world will create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities.

Open Data Science Conference

This is a global forum for anyone who wants to connect to the data science community and contribute to the open source applications they use every day. The goal is to bring together the global data science community to help foster the exchange of innovative ideas and encourage the growth of open source software.


Data Science Conferences – Deep Learning & ML, Predictive Analytics, AI

Data Science Conferences by ODSC. Learn from the best and brightest in open source artificial intelligence, machine learning, data visualization, and more.

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