In September 2020, FFAR and partners are hosting a virtual event to discuss data ownership and data privacy. The two-day session includes panels, networking, and a student competition as well as a call to action. This event is open to the many people who work in agriculture and food, and those interested in data and innovative research across disciplines:
- Private companies
- Government agencies
- And others!
This event builds upon the Agricultural Data Privacy meeting, held in San Antonio in November 2019, that kicked off the broader effort and collaboration. Below are links to recorded sessions that frame the conversation:
In advance of this virtual event, there will be four webinars discussing agricultural data privacy, how organizations are stepping up to the challenge and what is at stake for farmers and beyond. To continue the conversation post-event, there will be two follow-up webinars in October 2020.
1. Community Call to Action: What do we need to Unlock the Ag Data Revolution?
Speakers: Shefali Mehta, Ankita Raturi, Kevin Silverstein
July 30, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
2. Retrospective on the 2019 Data Privacy Panel
Speakers: Mike Komp, LaKisha Odom, James Wilgenbusch
August 13, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
3. Farmers’ Perspectives on Agricultural Data & Decision Making
Speakers: Aaron Ault, Dorn Cox, Meredith Ellis
August 27, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
4. Ag Tech Answering the Farmers’ Needs
Speakers: Ansu Chatterjee, Ali Joglekar
September 10, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
5. FFAR and USFRA: Introducing the Agriculture Climate Partnership, and a Call to Action
Speakers: LaKisha Odom, Amanda Raster and others TBD
October 8, 2020 Time TBD
This virtual event and related activities are organized by a diverse planning committee crossing academia, research and nonprofit sectors: Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), OpenTEAM, Purdue OATS alongside the hosts, the Institute of Research in Statistics (IRSA), GEMS and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota. This working team has been collaborating since August 2019 with the data privacy convening and the subsequent, broader September 2020 event. The working team is building an effort that stretches beyond these events to develop sustaining solutions and actions to impact the ag data space.
Members of the Planning Committee:
Ansu Chatterjee, PhD, IRSA, co-chair
Shefali Mehta, PhD, Open Rivers, co-chair
Amanda Schwartz, IRSA
Ali Joglekar, PhD, UMN GEMS
Kevin Silverstein, PhD, UMN GEMS and MSI
LaKisha Odom, PhD, FFAR
Lauren Winstel, FFAR
Dorn Cox, PhD, OpenTEAM
Ankita Raturi, PhD, Purdue OATS
Dennis Buckmaster, PhD, Purdue OATS
Mike Komp, CTIC
Additional Support Staff from UMN School of Statistics: Matthew Dangel, Madelyn Dunski, Taylor Utterberg, Taryn Verley, Kelsey Willems
The following organizations came together to advance the agricultural data area and bring their unique expertise and missions to this effort.
IRSA organizes interdisciplinary events, offers essential training, and produces cutting-edge research on relevant and significant topics intersecting data science and statistics. Its programs promote effective, trustworthy data science methodology, and convene experts that span diverse sectors and industries in order to foster creative problem solving and collaboration.
GEMS shepherds and facilitates the sharing of data across private and public spaces, focusing on the interoperability of data in the agricultural domain. Private agricultural researchers are particularly mindful of the security of their data and preservation of IP. So in order to tap private data for public use, fully open frameworks may not suffice. We hope to enable public researchers to tap private data in their research projects while preserving private IP.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is a nonprofit organization mandated to develop public private partnerships to tackle the intractable and transformative issues in Agriculture. FFAR pioneers scientific exploration, expanding the frontiers of food and agriculture research to develop solutions that benefit farmers and consumers. We believe that data use, data privacy, data value and data ownership all represent research gaps/white spaces that are ripe spaces for partnership and innovation and we believe by addressing these challenges together, we have the opportunity to improve both sustainability of our lands and profitability of our farmers and ranchers.
Open team is an open technology ecosystem of tools and communities for agricultural management. The aim is to 1) connect parts of the ecosystem in order to make site specific data driven decisions at the farm level, and to 2) create value from data by making it available for use in lots of systems. The ecosystem should be open source, but data is secure, private, and valuable. Ag data ownership is a key concern
The Purdue Open Ag Technology and Systems Center is focusing on open source tools and devices to improve the interoperability throughout the ag data pipeline (from origination to decisions and including reuse). We recognize that private and public data comes from a wide variety of sources and is stored in a variety of platforms that need to work together for data to truly deliver on its promise. We have technical focus, but are aware of the cultural implications and hope to influence policy.
Bringing technology to agricultural conservation domains and push boundaries (with remote sensing, machine learning, IOT) and to be a bridge between government agencies, NGOs, and industry partners. Interested in providing new, valuable information for farmers that is not the same as what has been done in the past.
Open Rivers Consulting Associates is a strategy and implementation consulting firm specializing in agricultural, environment and technology. Open Rivers was launched with the belief that there is a way to do better, for the environment, the species that live in it, and for our communities, organizations and their employees. We work with clients and collaborators to find a more robust path to grow and evolve while maintaining our values and without destroying the very elements that make us human and connect us to this planet. Therefore, Open Rivers has a strong commitment to preserve this earth and to support the many people working tirelessly to find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Robust and efficient data access and usage are critical to decision-making and finding sustainable solutions in agriculture.