Paris, 23 July 2007


EFITA newsletter / 320 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment


Point of view
At efita 2007 congress, our friend Martin Kunisch presented the excellent works done by KTBL and its partners in Germany on agroXML - a standardized language for data exchange in agriculture. Similar works are today performed in the Netherlands and in France. When will we be able to convince EU experts that something should be done to co-ordinate all these efforts? Up to now they had better to found highly "sexy" projects than a "dull" project about data dictionaries definitions and exchanges.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: waksman(a)acta-informatique.fr


Crop Protection Business Seminar 2007
17 - 18 October - GLASGOW - Scotland
1. Markets developing markets and drivers for growth
2. Marketing/Case Studies - defending market position and identifying the new growth opportunities
3. Supply Chain Strategy - supply chain management in a maturing market
4. The R&D sector - the need for continued investment
5. The Generic sector - establishing a credible and sustainable position
6. Legal/Registration - working within the rules
See: http://www.bcpc.org/ippc2007/registrationform
Contact: M. REDBOND
E-mail: mredbond(a)aol.com


1st meeting of European Innovative Cluster for Deployment of Wireless Sensors Technologies
8 - 9 November 2007 - Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia
In cooperation with the Frascati Living Lab at European Space Agency (ESA), the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia, BOSC Ltd, WirelessInfo and the Czech Centrum for Science and Society would like to invite you to the 1st meeting of European Innovative Cluster for Deployment of Wireless Sensors Technologies. The meeting is planned for the 8 and 9 November 2007 and will take place in the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia.
The goal of the cluster is to bring together European Research Institutes, SMEs and potential users of sensor technologies to support European development in this area. Main objectives of the cluster will be to ensure user involvement in designing new innovative solutions based on sensor networks, support exchange of best practices, transfer of knowledge between research and SMEs, and establish research and business cooperation around Europe; The cluster will run on the principles of the Living Lab model, where research and development are oriented on user needs.

The meeting is scheduled to start the 8th at 1300 hours and to finish late afternoon on the 9th. Participation is free of charge; every participant to cover his/her travel and accommodation expenses.

The focus of the meeting is not on theoretical presentations of different projects, but on real demonstrations of practical experiences. The program knows the following sessions:
- User needs and User scenarios
- Sensor Technologies and Wireless Sensor Networks
- Integration of Wireless Sensor Network with Existing Communication Network
- Standards for Integration of Sensor information into information systems
- Applications Based on Utilisation of Wireless Sensors
- Official establishing of Cluster

Please express your interest in participating to the meeting and/or become a member of the cluster via email to Maris Alberts alberts@acad.latnet.lv, Karel Charvat charvat@wirelessinfo.cz and Luigi Fusco luigi.fusco@esa.int with the subject European Innovative Cluster for Deployment of Wireless Sensors. In the email, please identify which topics (see the following list) you are interested in,
- User needs and User scenario
- Sensor Technologies and Wireless Sensor Networks
- Integration of Wireless Sensor Network with Existing Communication Network
- Standards for Integration of Sensor information into information systems
- Applications Based on Utilisation of Wireless Sensors
and we would appreciate as well a 10 line description of your demonstration of practical experiences.
For a good organisation of this first workshop, we would like to ask you to express your interest latest by 15 September. The goal is to establish already before the meeting a public forum, where will be possible start to discuss your potential interests.
Contact: Karel CHARVAT
E-mail: charvat(a)lesprojekt.cz


Tortoise
A tortoise was walking down the street when he was attacked and robbed by a gang of snails.
Later in the day a Policeman went to interview the tortoise while he was recovering in hospital.
"Can you describe exactly what happened" asked the Policeman.
"I've no idea"! said the tortoise, "It all happened so quickly".
Contact: Bob GREENSMITH
E-mail: bob.greensmith(a)cibasc.com


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