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EFITA newsletter / 598 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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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 [2]) 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 issues.
* 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 Technology (INF)…
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 problems.

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 conferences)
- 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 research
- 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 fund ABP.
- 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 our employees
- 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
E-mail: hans.vantrijp(a)
More detailed information on the current situation of the chair group is available on request: Eveline.vaane(a)

Additional information can also be obtained through the following links:
-about the organisation:
-about the chair group:
-about the sub-department Management Decision Support
-about the graduate school Wageningen School of Social Sciences:

>>> Application
Wageningen University strives for a better gender balance to improve the quality of our organisation. Therefore we explicitly invite female candidates to apply.
Are you interested? Please send your application, including your detailed Curriculum Vitae and list of publications, before 15th April 2013 to Drs. Eveline.Vaane.

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

Contact: Eveline.VAANE
E-mail: Eveline.vaane(a)

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 - - global catalogue harvesting services from many catalogues around the word

- HS-CAT - - geospatial catalogue client for Android supporting search for geospatial services according your location.
Contact: Karel CHARVAT
E-mail: charvat(a)

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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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