Paris, 28 May 2007

EFITA newsletter / 312 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

6th European Conference on Precision Agriculture and the 3rd European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
Island of Skiathos, 3 - 6 June 2007

See you at the next EFITA congress in Glasgow
2 - 5 July 2007 - Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK
Contact: Caroline PARKER
E-mail: c.g.parker(a)

Request for comments: Proposed Architecture and Workflow for Managing Decentralized Information on Organizations Using a Central Registry File
During the last Content Management Task Force meeting, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) proposed the idea of a distributed architecture where the single organizations describe themselves and host the description on a web server and the URLs of the files containing the descriptions would be registered in a Registry File. This would allow for the creation of powerful web services based on the harvesting of the description files, eliminating the heavy job of maintaining large databases, which are difficult to update and often contain information that is already covered by other databases.
This reduces the risk of duplication of work and brings economy of scale. The creation of web services would be possible thanks to the adoption of a common standard to be used in the descriptions: the Organizations Application Profile proposed by FAO and GFAR (still in draft state and available for comments here:

Content Management Task Force:
Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR):
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):
Organizations Application Profile:
Contact: Gauri SALOKHE
E-mail: gauri.salokhe(a)

Agritechnica News
13 – 17 November - HANOVER
Agritechnica video highlights the drama of preparation and participation at the world’s greatest agricultural machinery exhibition. Over four minutes film and commentary on the upcoming Agritechnica agricultural machinery exhibition in Hanover, Germany has become a popular clip on the international website “youtube”.
Contact: Malene CONLONG
E-Mail: m.conlong(a)

Global workshop on High resolution digital soil sensing & mapping
5 – 8 February 2008 - SYDNEY – Australia
A workshop for those developing and using proximal sensors and digital soil maps where there is a particular need for high spatial resolution (10 m or less) information.
Contact: Raphael VISCARRA ROSSEL
E-mail: r.viscarra-rossel(a)

Farm holidays in Austria
Austrian homepage for farm holidays (German and English).
Contact: Klaus WAGNER
E-mail: klaus.wagner(a)

Looking for a mean to publish…
My thesis title is " The Role of Information Technology in Disseminating Agricultural Innovations in Agribusiness: A Comparative Study of Australia and Sri Lanka". I would appreciate if you could identify possible list of journals both electronic and printed to publish few papers extracted form my thesis.
Contact: Sudath ARUMAPPERUMA
E-mail: sudath.arumapperuma(a)

Call for papers To All EFITA members: International Journal of Sensor Networks (IJSNET)
Call for Papers / Special Issue on: “Environmental Sensor Networks”
Guest Editors: Assoc. Prof. Christos Douligeris, University of Piraeus, Greece
Prof. Theodore Tsiligiridis, InfoLab, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

An Environmental Sensor Network (ESN) comprises of an array of sensors that gather data autonomously and forward them automatically to a central server. What differentiates modern sensor networks from previous techniques is an emphasis on intelligence in the sensors as well as in the data network. Modern sensor networks also typically publish the data on the server on the World Wide Web and allow real-time access to the data. These networks require a unique combination of technological and environmental understanding, and have the potential of creating a revolution in environmental monitoring. Different types of data are collected by the sensor nodes. These data can be in different forms, digital and analogue, spatial and temporal, database or image, fixed or moving. At the server level the data can be visualized and analyzed within a Geographic Information System (GIS), combined with a satellite image and/or map, and published via the Web to give researchers seamless access to information. ESNs have the capability of capturing local and broadly-dispersed information simultaneously; they also have the capacity to respond to sudden changes in a location by triggering observations selectively across the network while simultaneously updating the underlying complex system model and/or reconfiguring the network. Data gathered by ESNs pose unique challenges for environmental modelling, as a complex system is being observed by a dynamical network. These challenges lie in the fields of computer science (from self organizing networks to algorithm analysis), mathematics (from computational geometry to data fusion and robotics), and statistics (from sampling design to prediction and prediction uncertainty). This special issue attempts to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists with the objective of formulating and addressing optimization of data gathering, data analysis, data coverage, modelling and inference when the network itself is a dynamic system of self organizing nodes. This collaborative effort will include both development of new computational, mathematical, and statistical tools as well as specific applications of existing ESNs designed to study environmental interactions. We particularly encourage papers that describe experiences drawn from real sensor network deployments, or large-scale simulation experiments, taken from a variety of environmental fields, including for example, bio-geo-science, agriculture, atmospheric and ocean sciences. Subject Coverage Original contributions on novel, robust, user and environment constraints aware, interoperable and effective solutions, to existing problems within the aforementioned context are invited. Authors are requested to submit manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics: · Environmental Modelling & Sensing Technologies · Environmental Systems & Embedded Intelligence · Environmental Applications & Ambient Intelligence · Motion and Environmental Monitoring
- Measurements & Detection
- Remote Management
- Miniaturisation
- Embedded ESN Technology
- Enabling Control Applications over ESNs
- Visualization Tools for ESNs
- Self-organized ESNs
- Acoustic and Video Enabled ESNs
- Wireless Networks of Low Power Imaging Sensors
- Indoor/Outdoor Biosensor Networks
- Wireless Sensing
- Low Power Sensing
- Pervasive Sensing
- Localization
- Context/Location Aware Services
- Semantics & Ontologies
- Middleware Interfaces
- Agents and Web services
- Security
>> Notes for Intending Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.
>> Important Dates
- Manuscripts submission: November 30, 2007
- Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2008
- Final Submission: March 1, 2008
Contact: Prof. Theodore TSILIGIRIDIS
E-mail: tsili(a)

A wife at the rodeo...
A man took his wife to the rodeo and one of their first stops was the breeding bull exhibit. They went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said: "This bull mated 52 times last year." The wife playfully nudged her husband in the ribs and said, "See... He mated 52 times last year… once-a-week."

They walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said: "This bull mated 125 times last year." The wife gave her husband a healthy jab and said: "That's more than twice a week! You could learn a lot from him."

They walked to the third pen and it had a sign attached that said, in capital letters: "This bull mated 365 times last year." The wife, so excited that her elbow nearly broke her husband's ribs, said: “that's once-a-DAY. You could REALLY learn something from this one."

The husband looked at her and said: "Go over and ask him if it was with the same cow."

Contact : B. AUXENFANS
Mél : bauxenfans(a)

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