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EFITA newsletter / 948 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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We are delighted to let you know that the Plan4all association became one of the 133 Participating Organizations of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). Due to the relatively short history of Plan4all, becoming a Participation Organization of the GEO is considered as a significant achievement and appreciation of our work and the work of our members.

The main role of Participating Organizations is to Influence technical and policy decisions and contribute to the GEO Work Programme, and to benefit from the global community of Earth observation experts in sharing knowledge in the area of the GEO engagement priorities, namely regarding climate change, disaster risk reduction and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The key activities of Plan4all include utilisation of Earth observation data, sensor networks, crowdsourced/citizens science data and other geospatial data in various specialisms including spatial/urban planning, rural development, transport, environment, tourism and precision/autonomous agriculture.

By becoming a Participating Organization in the GEO, Plan4all hopes for better alignment of its activities with other members, sharing experience and contributing to the GEO community. The main contribution of Plan4all should be in managing open geospatial data in an interoperable manner and capacity building towards the implementation of the latest GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025. Plan4all is ready to contribute to the GEO governance and to the following Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) as defined in the GEO Strategic Plan 2016-2025:

- Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
- Infrastructure and Transportation Management
- Sustainable Urban Development
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability

Plan4all will contribute to these SBAs via hackathons, testing, validation and prototyping using the GEO data, metadata and services, generation of interoperable data and services in support of decision making by using state-of-the-art technologies including AI and big data technologies. A special attention will be given to the transport domain which should play a pivotal role in the GEO Work Programme.
We cordially invite you to join our activities by becoming a member of Plan4all or in any other way.

The Plan4all Committee, on behalf of the Plan4all association

Contact: Sarka HORAKOVA
E-mail: horakova(a)

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GEO (Group on earth observation
GEO is an intergovernmental partnership connecting government institutions, academic and research institutions, data providers, businesses, engineers, scientists and experts to enhance the availability, access and use of Earth observation data. In 2015, a GEO ministerial meeting was held in Mexico City, during which world leaders pledged to support the openness of Earth observation data for the next decade by signing the Mexico City Ministerial Declaration. The main priority engagement areas of GEO include the United Nations 2030 Agenda for a Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

In addition to more than 70 Work Programme activities and initiatives addressing global needs, coordination and knowledge gaps in Earth observation. The GEO mission also includes building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) as a system of coordinated and independent Earth observation, information and processing systems that interact to provide access to a variety of information in both public and private sectors. GEOSS also helps to understand the Earth processes and improves the predictive capabilities of decision-making. GEOSS includes more than 400 million open data sources from more than 150 national and regional providers (e.g. NASA and ESA), international organizations (e.g. WMO) and commercial sectors (e.g. Digital Globe).

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Plan4all is a global non-profit association of legal entities providing access to and support for geospatial data for planning activities and decision making processes. Plan4all sustains and further enhances results of multiple research and innovation projects and transfers results of such activities into practice. Plan4all engages multiple stakeholders into design of innovative solutions based on Earth observation data via community building activities including the INSPIRE Hackathons.
The idea of establishing Plan4all association arose in the period of 2009 and 2011 as a result of the eContentplus project Plan4all. The goal of the Plan4all project was to collaborate on data specifications for the INSPIRE Directive. Plan4all itself was established as a result of this project and the following projects Plan4business, FOODIE, OpenTransportNet and SDI4Apps. The association was founded by 3 Czech organizations: University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (UWB), Help Service – Remote Sensing (HSRS) and Czech Center for Science and Society (CCSS). Their goal was to ensure long-term sustainability and further development of all the above-mentioned projects. The association was formed in 2015. Since then, the membership has grown to 60 members from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Plan4all is actively involved in the execution of international Horizon 2020 projects.
Plan4all is a member of other international organisations including:
- Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
- Research Data Alliance (RDA)
- Big Data Value Association (BDVA)
- Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
In addition to that, Plan4all is the national coordinator of the Research Data Alliance in the Czech Republic. Plan4all is also involved in a number of H2020 projects including SIEUSOIL, PoliRural, EO4Agri, EUXDAT, PoliVisu, DUET, S4AllCities and RDA Europe 4.0.

Relevant Links

Group on Earth Observation
GEO Participating Organizations
GEO announcement welcoming new POs
Plan4all association
Open Geospatial Consortium
Research Data Alliance
Big Data Value Association
Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition: GODAN
RDA Europe 4.0

Good old days (?????): The young ploughman by Harold Harvey (UK, 1874 - 1941)


Farm of the Future: Alternative to monoculture farming

Over the next four years, the Dutch Farm of the Future project will provide a practical setting for seeking a sustainable alternative to current monoculture-based agriculture. The cost price will not be the determining factor.

Robots: Initiative to accelerate development of picking robots

A British consortium aims to accelerate development and deployment of picking and packing robots.

VRA (Variable Rate Application) maps: Software test: creating VRA maps

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Irrigation: Viridix and Talgil automate full irrigation cycle

The new solution allows farmers to define irrigation plans and make sure each plot gets the right amount of water.

Vertical farming: Start-up iFarm raises $4M for automated indoor farming

The company will develop its iFarm Growtune tech platform and optimise its automated production lines.

Sprayers: Kverneland upgrades Geocontrol software for sprayers

Kverneland has updatet it's IsoMatch Geocontrol with an uprated section control application.

IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

Even as e-grocery usage has skyrocketed in our coronavirus-catalyzed world, brick-and-mortar grocery stores have soldiered on. While strict in-store safety guidelines may gradually ease up, the shopping experience will still be low-touch and socially distanced for the foreseeable future.

This begs the question: With even greater challenges than pre-pandemic, how can grocers ensure their stores continue to operate profitably?

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Fully digitalized farming is nearly a reality. Emerging economies must keep pace, by Alisher Tyazhin

It is no secret that the future of farming is fully digital. It is also no secret that farming at present is already largely digital. Precision farming – the use of sensors, drones, data, and robotics – has the power to revolutionize agricultural sustainability through improved crop yields, efficient water usage, and reduced use of harmful chemical pollutants like pesticides.

Making that fully digital future a reality, however, is easier said than done. It requires both experimentation and a major investment in technology and training. With the EU set to put its colossal financial weight behind digitalization in agriculture over the coming decade, it’s vital that emerging economies — particularly those on Europe’s border dependent on the continent’s markets to sell their produce — keep up the pace. Otherwise, they risk being left behind.

Why isn't there an eBay for ag? By Walt Duflock

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CSIRO, Woolworths unveil FutureFeed, a seaweed supplement that cuts cow methane by 80%

Australia’s national research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), will today announce the launch of a new business that the country’s government believes will be a “game-changer” in reducing livestock-related methane emissions.

Could paying farmers to store carbon help the climate & save farms? Some experts say it's a field of dreams

The tech world is salivating over the idea. But some experts warn it’s a field of dreams.

Good old days (?????): Sheep in the heather at the Maten in Genk (BE) (1992) by Leon Engelen


Rural Life in the past Was a Battle for Survival, by Marian L. Tupy

People in pre-industrial Europe generally lived a miserable, hand-to-mouth existence which would be foolish to romanticize.

Indeed, a census taken in the Alençon area in France at the end of the 17th century found that of the 410,000 inhabitants, 48,051 were beggars. That amounts to about 12 per cent of the population. “In Brittany, of a population of 1,655,000, there were 149,325 beggars, or about 9 per cent.”

Good old days (?????): Harvesting Scene by Adrian Paul Allinson (1890–1959)

Europe’s Farm to Fork strategy must be nuanced to protect EU farmers

US agriculture chief Sonny Perdue didn’t mince words during a recent webinar on food security in the US and the EU, lobbing strong criticism at the EU’s recently released Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy. Specifically, Purdue alleged that the scheme, intended to make European agriculture more sustainable, “seems to have forgotten the ‘farm’…

Tree Diseases and Prevention – Stubborn Disease

ARS researchers in Parlier, California are using tools to help prevent the spread of citrus pathogens that are transmitted by insect vectors.


Fact check: Bill Gates has given over $50 billion to charitable causes over career (Matthew Brown USA TODAY, Published 1:35 PM EDT Jun 16, 2020)

Our ruling: True
Bill Gates has been a consistent philanthropist for decades. He has remained extremely wealthy while giving away large amounts of his net worth through steady increases in his financial portfolio. We rate the claim that Gates has given $50 billion to charity as TRUE because it is supported by our research.

NSA, FBI expose Russian intelligence hacking tool

The US National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have exposed a sophisticated Russian hacking tool, they said on Thursday (13 August) in a rare public report offering new insight on Russia’s arsenal of digital weapons.

Facebook, Microsoft gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s antitrust radar

Facebook and Microsoft's grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple's App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker's business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar.

5G disinformation: It’s time to tell the truth

There are many myths concerning 5G networks and electromagnetic fields. The vast majority of them stem from a lack of proper knowledge. Europe should dispel the doubts of the people who are looking for answers, writes Marek Zagórski, Polish Minister of Digital Affairs.

Good old days (?????): Dur travail par Georges Laugée


Irish Joke: A light bulb goes off

Paddy and Murphy are working on a building site.

Paddy says to Murphy, “I’m gonna’ get the day off. I’m gonna’ pretend I’ve gone mad!”

So Paddy climbs up the rafters, hangs upside down, and shouts “I’m a light bulb, I’m a light bulb!” while Murphy watches in amazement.

The foreman shouts, “Paddy, go home. You’ve gone mad.”

As Paddy leaves the site, Murphy starts packing his kit up to leave as well.

“Where do you think you’re going?” asks the foreman.

“Well, I can’t work in the friggin’ dark!” said Murphy.

Good old days (?????): Blanchisseuses sur les rives de la Touques par Eugène Boudin


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