Paris, 5 January 2009

EFITA newsletter / 393 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

EFITA, AFIA and ACTA Informatique wish you a Happy New Year 2009!

Archives of the EFITA newsletter (second semester 2008)

Farmland: the fun way for kids to learn about animal welfare
In an effort to raise awareness among children about the importance of treating farmed animals in a respectful and humane way, the European Commission launched on 10 November "Farmland," the European children's website on animal welfare. "Farmland" is an interactive and informative online computer game targeting children aged between 9 and 12, which also aims to help tomorrow's consumers be in a position to make informed choices about the food they will be buying.

Europeans sceptical on cloning
A Flash Eurobarometer study, presented by the European Commission on 9 October, reveals that European citizens have a generally negative perception of animal cloning for food production.

Progis news
> Our product range “AGROffice” has been considerably upgraded in the field of “loGIStics”. An “electronic order processing” was implemented into the products “DokuPlant” and “mobGIS”. This means that farmers are able to send their orders directly, via the documentation and planning software tool “DokuPlant” to the logistic control station. Backwards, the fulfilment of these orders is sent back on the same way and the documentation of all corresponding work processes is automatically integrated into “DokuPlant”.

> In the field of “Precision Farming” we worked out a project, with the aim to support farmers with automated proposals for cultivation activities like fertilizing/spraying etc.

> WinGIS has been updated with a range of useful and interesting features. There was integrated a direct interface to GPS/DGPS- receivers respectively –loggers, which significantly simplifies the upload process of GPS-information.

> A further innovation is an export-interface to “Microsoft Virtual Earth”. This enables the generation of online-maps including the combined contents of WinGIS and Virtual Earth. The approved “Google-Earth” export process has also been updated.

> The ultimate highlight is, that with the beginning of the New Year we will have available the WinGIS Virtual Earth embedded module. This module integrates online, directly into WinGIS available map contents as orthoimages, satellite images, road maps etc.. With this new feature, we provide an interesting and low-cost alternative to the purchase of geodata (orthoimages).
Contact: Walter MAYER
E-mail: mayer(a)

Next Life by Woody Allen
In my next life I want to live my life backwards.

You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old
people's home feeling better every day.

You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when
you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day.

You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party,
drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities; you become a baby until you are born.

And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila....You finish off as an orgasm!

I rest my case.

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