Eurisy keynote: GI2015 Workshop on Open GeoData Management for Agriculture, Forestry and Development in the Europe of Regions
15 September 2015 | Dresden, Germany
Geodata for agriculture and forestry are already available for final users; it is now time to convince farmers of the benefits of these tools for them, for consumers and for the environment. New technologies like mobile phones, UAV and satellites provide information – such as weather forecasts, soil humidity and vegetation cover - which can significantly improve the work of farmers and of forest administrators. The use of shared platforms and of common information systems could enable all farmers to access this information. It is now time to federate the interests of agriculture and forestry stakeholders worldwide to ensure that geodata is made widely accessible. Increased information about soil conditions and needs will also increase the profitability of agriculture and forestry and will help preserve the environment for future generations.
These are the main conclusions of the Club of Ossiach (Villach, AT) & GI2015 Workshop, organised by IGN e.V. (INNOVATION. Grenzüberschreitendes Netzwerk, Dresden/Saxony) and hosted by the Technical University of Dresden on the theme of “Open Geodata Management for Agriculture & Forestry in the Europe of Regions”. Eurisy contributed to the discussions with a presentation on available satellite-based services to enhance agriculture and forestry and reported about successful experiences from regions using these technologies.
The Club of Ossiach is a group of agriculturists, agribusiness managers, agriculture and forestry technologists, environmentalists and agricultural ICT specialists. These meet periodically to discuss and collaboratively act on influencing the use of ICTs to improve agricultural productivity, profitability and contribution to food and nutritional security and safety globally.
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