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EFITA newsletter / 598 - European Federation for Information Technology
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Global CIARD Consultation 2013: Access, Sharing and Transformation
of Agricultural Data and Information
6 – 9 May - ADDIS ABABA
The founders of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research
for Development (CIARD ) movement are organizing a Global CIARD Consultation
to be held in Ethiopia, May 6–9, 2013. The Consultative Group on International
Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will host the Consultation on behalf of
the partners at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
in Addis Ababa.
>>> Objectives of the Consultation
* Review progress and achievements to date, and identify lessons learned.
* Consider the priority areas of action identified in 2011 and 2012.
* Determine a program of work for the next 2 years in relation to (a)
advocacy/policy, (b) institutional/human capacities, and (c) technical
* Revisit and reconsider the CIARD “Checklist” and “Pathways"
The IUSS Global Soil C Conference
3-6 June 2012 - MADISON, Wisconsin, USA
The IUSS Global Soil Carbon Conference is the first IUSS interdivisional
and intercommissional conference that focuses on soil C in space and time,
soil C properties and processes, soil C in relation to soil use and management,
and the role of soil C in sustaining society and the environment
Wageningen University: We are looking for a full Professor of
Information Technology (permanent position), preferably with a research
focus on information engineering, who will lead the chair group ‘Information
The core of the research of the chair group INF is model-based design-oriented
research of knowledge and information systems in support of scientific
research in the domains of Wageningen University (plants, animals and
food). In close collaboration with groups in life and social sciences
of Wageningen UR, the chair group INF focuses on agri-food research. The
group collaborates with the agri-food industry on application-oriented
A major task of the new chair will be to further strengthen the critical
mass of the group in the area of information engineering, leading to high-quality
theoretical, methodological and application-oriented knowledge and scientific
output, focused on the research domains of Wageningen University, as well
as intensifying the acquisition of large (international) projects.
The chair holder will lead and manage the group, and generate and materialise
ideas for research directions and projects. She/he will conduct research,
generate publications in international key journals, and supervise PhD
candidates. She/he will be responsible for courses at BSc, MSc and PhD
level in the scientific domain of the chair group, and will collaborate
closely with other chair groups within Wageningen University, especially
within the sub-department ‘Management Decision Support’, as well as with
the Wageningen UR Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI).
The chair holder will use her/his scientific expertise and networks to
increase the visibility of the research, to broaden the international
academic network of the chair group, and to develop externally funded
research programmes. To accomplish this, she/he will maintain close contacts
within Wageningen University as well as with other universities, research
institutes and industry.
>>> We ask
- An excellent researcher with a strong scientific track record (publications
in international journals, PhD supervision and contributions to major
- An ambitious and visionary team builder with an effective leadership
style based on good interpersonal skills
- Experience in the field of Information Engineering, relevant to the
research domains of Wageningen University and preferably to agri-food
- Outstanding didactic qualities and the capacity to motivate students
- Proven interest in working with and exploring innovative research with
other disciplinary groups
- A strong and relevant international network and an acquisition track
record of research projects.
>>> We offer
- A competitive salary with a number of additional benefits, such as an
end-of-year extra month, a holiday allowance and a pension at the pension
- Additional recruitment space (i.e. 1 associate professor (UHD), or 1
assistant professor (UD) + 0.5 PhD position)
- Flexible working conditions to support a good work – life balance of
- Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special
tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is tax free.
>>> Additional information
Further information about the position can be obtained from:
Prof.dr Hans van Trijp, Chair of the Search Committee
More detailed information on the current situation of the chair group
is available on request: Eveline.vaane(a)wur.nl.
Additional information can also be obtained through the following links:
-about the organisation: www.wageningenur.nl
-about the chair group: www.wageningenur.nl/inf
-about the sub-department Management Decision Support www.wageningenur.nl/mds
-about the graduate school Wageningen School of Social Sciences: www.wageningenur.nl/wass
Wageningen University strives for a better gender balance to improve the
quality of our organisation. Therefore we explicitly invite female candidates
Are you interested? Please send your application, including your detailed
Curriculum Vitae and list of publications, before 15th April 2013 to Drs.
Please, note that the interview date is set at 15 May, 2013.
>>> The organisation: Wageningen University and Research centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our
focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living
environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such
as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy.
Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the
quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.
For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at
Online survey for information managers
The agINFRA project invites your institute to participate in an online
survey for information managers.
agINFRA comprises information and technology partners from Europe, China,
Ecuador and India, among them the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
of the United Nations as one of the lead partners.
The partnership develops data infrastructure and services for agricultural
research institutions and promotes Open Access sharing of research results.
The survey addresses service needs of managers of repositories, websites
(portals) and related information services. Please participate in this
survey or forward this invitation to the unit/person in charge. There
are 20 questions that can be answered in no more than 15 minutes.
News from Karel
>>> The book SDI, Communities and Social Media is available
digitally. You can download the book from CCSS web pages
or from Slidehare
>>> The book "ICT for agriculture, rural development and
environment. Where we are? Where we will go?" is available for downloading
on CCSS Web pages
or on Slideshare
>>> First Step Towards INSPIRE in Pocket
As part of Habitats project HSRS started initiative INSPIRE in pocket.
Two first parts are now publicly available.
- SuperCAT - http://www.habitats.cz/about
- global catalogue harvesting services from many catalogues around the
- HS-CAT - http://www.habitats.cz/hs-cat
- geospatial catalogue client for Android supporting search for geospatial
services according your location.
Contact: Karel CHARVAT
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If you are looking for custom flown aerial imagery our company GeoVantage
covers the US for agriculture, forestry and oil/gas companies...
The ISPA (International Society of Precision Agriculture)
Just received from a Jewish friend...
Two businessmen in New York were standing around and taking a break
in their soon-to-be opened new store.
As yet, the store wasn't ready, and didn't even have the shelves set up
one said to the other, "I bet any minute now some Jewish guy is going
to walk by, put his face to the window, and ask what we're selling."
No sooner were the words out of his mouth when, sure enough, a curious
old Jewish man walked to the window, had a peek, and in a soft voice asked,
"Vat ya sellin' here?"
One of the men replied sarcastically
"We're selling ass-holes."
Without skipping a beat, the old Jewish man said: "Must be doing
well, only two left."
Young people have theirs, now Seniors have their own texting codes:
* ATD- At the Doctor's
* BFF - Best Friends Funeral
* BTW- Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM- Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center
* DWI- Driving While Incontinent
* FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
* GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
* GHA - Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
* LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL- Living on Lipitor
* OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* TOT- Texting on Toilet
* WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?
Hope these help. GGLKI (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in !)
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