Paris, 11 June 2007

EFITA newsletter / 314 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Discussion about ICT for agriculture between Charles Burriel in Dijon and me in Paris
14 June 2007 à 9 a.m. (Paris time)

ICT adoption by French farmers - A synthesis of different surveys (SCEES –, BVA - Agrodistribution, NTIC-AGRI, ISAGRI)

Proceedings - 15th Seminar in agricultural Work Science / Tagungsband AKAL-Seminar 2007
Scientists of different countries gave 56 lectures on means, ways and roles of labour science as well as engineering in sustainable food and energy production systems.
On the occasion of this conference a conference-package (book and CD) was issued in the publishing house “Austrian Council for Agricultural Engineering and Rural Development” (Österreichisches Kuratorium für Landtechnik und Landentwicklung, ÖKL), which contains all 55 scientific papers.
Thematic focus : occupational management ; process technique ; agricultural work science methods ; work structure ; workplace arrangement ; ergonomics ; work safety and health protection ; information and communication systems ; consulting tools
Contact:  Eva-Maria MUNDUCH-BADER
E-mail: e.munduch-bader(a)

2nd Call for papers: Special Session on Agricultural Metadata & Semantics in MTSR'07
11-12 October 2007 - CORFU, Greece

Special Session Chairs:
* Johannes Keizer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
* Nikos Manouselis, Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of Athens (Greece)

The aim of the Special Session on Agricultural Metadata and Semantics of MTSR'07 is to bring together researchers and practitioners that are working on agricultural knowledge production, organization, and exchange from a Semantic Web perspective.  It aims to serve as a discussion forum where interested experts will present the results of their work, and establish liaisons with other groups that are working on related subjects. In addition, it aims to outline the rich potential of the agricultural knowledge domain as an application field for advanced metadata- and semantic-driven systems and services.

Topics include but are not limited to:
* Agricultural information standards and specifications
* Agricultural metadata schemas and application profiles
* Multilingual agricultural vocabularies, taxonomies, glossaries and thesauri
* Metadata generation, harvesting, exchange in agricultural information systems
* Agricultural knowledge acquisition, elicitation and extraction
* Infrastructures, systems and services for agricultural knowledge organisation
* Repositories and archives for agricultural knowledge
* Agricultural ontology approaches, models, theories, and languages
* Agricultural ontology development, integration, lifecycle, and evaluation
* Management of large ontology-driven agricultural data and knowledge bases
* Applications in domains such as education & training, commerce, public administration

The Special Session will accept extended abstracts (2-4 pages) compatible with LNCS format which will be solicited for peer review. The conference will publish ISBN based CD-ROM proceedings as well as a post-proceedings volume that will be published by Springer under the title "Advances in Metadata and Semantics research".

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to extend their contributions to full papers that will be published in the post-proceedings. Authors of papers presented in the Special Session will also be invited to submit enhanced versions of their papers for potential publication in a planned special issue of a relevant journal.

Important dates:
* Submissions:  July 15, 2007
* Notification: July 31, 2007
* Camera-ready: August 31, 2007
* Conference dates:  Thursday-Friday, October 11-12, 2007

Contact: Nikos MANOUSELIS
E-mail: nikosm(at)aua(dot)gr

A Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased that he entered it again in a race and it won again.
The local paper read: “Pastor's ass out in front”.
The Bishop was so upset that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
Next day, the local newspaper headline read: “Bishop scratches pastor's ass’.
The Bishop ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey, so he gave it to a Nun.
The local paper posted the following headline the next day: “Nun has best ass in town”.
The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun she would have to get rid of the donkey; so she sold it to a farmer for US$10.
The next day, the paper read: “Nun sells her ass for US$10”.
The Bishop ordered the Nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plain where it could run wild.
The next day, the headlines read: “Nun announces ... her ass is wild and free”.
The Bishop was buried the next day.
Contact : Bernard AUXENFANS
Mél : bauxenfans(a)

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