Paris, 19 March 2007

EFITA newsletter / 301 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Emerging technologies in geo-information science: the farmer perspective
24-25 April 2007 - Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo-Information sciences (CAPIGI ’07) – WTC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
On 24 and 25 April 2007 the 2007 Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo-Information sciences (CAPIGI ’07) will take place at the World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This conference focuses on the farmer perspective towards the possibilities of emerging GI technologies for agriculture and agricultural policy implementation in Europe. We welcome participants from government, research, technology and solution providers to share experiences and application of geo-information sciences.
See: for an overview of the conference and for registering. Conference themes: Land Parcel Information Systems, Animal and livestock tracking, Cross Compliance and maintaining good agro-environmental conditions and Information integration.
Contact: Tamme van der Wal
Email info(a)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007". The reports by the three Working Groups provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change. The Synthesis Report integrates the information around six topic areas.
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European agricultural machinery trends, a practical arable farmer and his view of Agritechnica, expert advice for exhibitors, visitor forecast and profile to be presented
With the Agritechnica international agricultural machinery exhibition drawing nearer, numerous exhibiting companies are meticulously planning the many activities leading up to and during the show in Hanover. To help in this planning, two exclusive workshops will be held on March 13 in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands and March 20 in Bologna, Italy. There, companies can obtain crucial information on Agritechnica and how to make the most of exhibiting at the event. The workshops are free of charge and open to companies active in the agricultural industry and interested in exhibiting at Agritechnica, November 11-12 (Preview) 13-17, 2007, Hanover, Germany.

AGROVOC is now available in Hungarian!
The latest release of the AGROVOC Thesaurus has now been updated on the AIMS web site. Together with new concepts and revision of existing ones, the Thesaurus is now also available in Hungarian. The Hungarian version is released by the Gödöllo Agribusiness Centre and has 16486 Descriptors and 9859 Non-descriptors. Any inquiries regarding the Hungarian version of AGROVOC should be directed to Dr. László Gábor Papócsi (lpapocsi[at]
Contact : Salokhe GAURI
Mél : gauri.salokhe(a)

EU project C@R: we may all relearn country living
New technologies supporting and enhancing collaboration, give the possibility to people living in rural areas to participate in the information society and to break the barriers of rural development.
February 2007  A European consortium composed of 30 partners from 15 different countries has received a EUR 8.6 million grant from the European Commission to develop methods and technologies enabling people in rural areas to fully participate in the information society as citizens and professionals. The three years project (15 Mio EUR budget) entitled ‘Collaboration@Rural: a Collaborative Platform for Working and Living in Rural Areas', or ‘C@R’, will provide a collaborative platform for rural communities and will develop a common methodology for the setting and implementation of Rural Living Labs. Rural Living Labs are user-centric real-life research contexts, involving people, businesses and public players in the co-creation of services enhancing rural development. The objective of the C@R project is to promote the introduction of collaborative working environments as key enablers of sustainable development in rural areas. C@R proposes a technological response to the barriers preventing rural development and a methodology to involve all users and players (including providers and public administrations) in the real use and co-creation of the services and collaborative applications. In this sense, the Living Labs established in C@R are about ‘creating together a process and a suitable environment for this process’. Therefore, the project considers them as drivers for continuous innovation. Project work is on track and amongst other results relevant business cases for sustainable innovation that take into account the local boundary conditions of the seven different Living Lab locations have been delivered. The ultimate goal of the C@R project is to make an impact on rural policy development.
Contact : Lydia MONTANDO
E-mail: lydia.montandon(a)

Restaurant Menu
A guy walks into a pub and sees a sign hanging over the bar which reads:



HANDJOB: $10.00

Checking his wallet for the necessary payment, he walks up to the bar and beckons to one of the three exceptionally attractive women serving drinks to a meager looking group of men.

"Yes?" she inquires with a knowing smile, "can I help you?"

"I was wondering", whispers the man, "are you the one who gives the hand-jobs?"

"Yes", she purrs, "I am."

The man replies "Well please wash your hands, I want a cheeseburger."

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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