Paris, 24 April 2006

EFITA newsletter / 257 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Contact: Antonio Mauro SARAIVA
Email: amsaraiv(a)

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Point of view (in Fr-English): Free satellite imagery!
The satellite imagery is used to control CAP. The EU is buying images that should become a "public good". It is amazing that images paid by the EU are not available for further use e.g. by agricultural advisory organisations (public and private). We can imagine that satellite imagery could bring extra added value to services provided to farmers.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

15 th Conference in Agricultural Labour Science
5 - 6 March 2007 – Vienna
The conference is organised by Max-Eyth-Society for Agricultural Engineering of the VDI and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna. It will mark an important step in setting up a scientific agenda which will help to tackle efficient the challenges for labour in agriculture.
Experts from industry and research establishments will discuss means, ways and role of labour science in this context. The papers can be submitted in German or English und the participation of scientists and experts from oversee, especially Eastern Europe and outside Europe will be benevolent supported.
Contact: Prof. Dr. J. BOXBERGER
E-mail: josef.boxberger(a)

Joint Organic Congress
30 – 31 May 2006 – ODENSE - Denmark
Contact: George ADAMIDES
Email: adamides(a)

Modelling Agricultural Systems Using an MDA Approach - Workshop at AFITA 2006
9 - 10 November 2006 – BANGALORE - India
IFAS, University of Florida USA, Cemagref, France and NARC, Japan are organizing a workshop titled "Modelling Agricultural Systems Using an MDA Approach". The goal of this workshop is to present to Agricultural audiences a new and promising modeling approach.
Hands on will be provided therefore attendees are advised to bring their own laptops. Attendees will be provided with materials and open source software to continue the study of this approach at their leisure. The workshop will contain:
A short introduction to Object-Oriented
- Basic principles of the Object-Oriented Paradigm
- Basic concepts of the Object-Oriented Paradigm
A short introduction to Unified Modelling Language (UML)
- Representation in UML of Object-Oriented concepts
- Relationships
- Basic UML diagrams
A short introduction to Object Constraint Language (OCL)
- OCL basics
- Overview of OCL constructs
- Modeling with constraints
Basic principles of the Modeling Driven Architecture (MDA)
- Platform independent models
- Platform specific models
- Automatic code generation
Ample examples from the domain of Agriculture are provided. The same set of examples will be used to illustrate presented concepts. A small project will be constructed representing a summary of all concepts introduced during the workshop.
Contact: Petraq PAPAJORGJI
E-mail: petraq(a)

To use or not to use it
The wife comes home early & finds her husband in their master bedroom making love to a beautiful, sexy young lady!

"You unfaithful, disrespectful pig! What are you doing? How dare you do this to me the faithful wife, the mother of your children! I'm leaving this house, I want a divorce!"

The husband replies "Wait, Wait a minute! Before you leave, at least listen to what happened."

"Hummmmm, I don't know. Well, it'll be the last thing I will ever hear from you. But make it fast, you unfaithful pig."

The husband begins to tell his story. . "While driving home this young lady asks for a ride. I saw her so defenceless that I went ahead and allowed her in my car. I noticed that she was very thin, not well dressed and very dirty. She mentioned that she had not eaten for 3 days. With great compassion and hurt, I brought her home and warmed up the enchiladas that I made for you last night that you wouldn't eat because you're afraid you'll gain weight; the poor thing, practically devoured them. Since she was very dirty I asked her to take a shower.

While she was showering, I noticed her clothes were dirty and full of holes so I threw her clothes away. Since she needed clothes, I gave her the pair of jeans that you have had for a few years that you can no longer wear because they are too tight on you, I also gave her the blouse that I gave you on our anniversary and you don't wear because you said I don't have good taste.

I gave her the pullover that my sister gave you for Christmas that you will not wear just to bother my sister and I also gave her the boots that you bought at the expensive boutique that you never wore again after you saw your co-worker wearing the same pair."

The husband continues his story . . . . .

"The young woman was very grateful to me and I walked her to the door.

When we got to the door she turned around, and with tears coming out of her eyes, she asked me:

"Sir, do you have anything else that your wife doesn't use..."

Contact: Luc BECKER
Email: luc.becker(a)

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