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= "network researching Open Agricultural Data" for Africa



By Jeremy de Beer, Jeremiah Baarbé, and Sarah Thuswaldner:

"The Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network is researching open agricultural data in partnership with the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). This research builds on a partnership with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and they are exploring partnerships with Open Data for Development (OD4D) and other open data organizations."re (

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By Jeremy de Beer, Jeremiah Baarbé, and Sarah Thuswaldner:

"Open AIR researchers has already published two works on open agricultural data.

1) Published in partnership with GODAN, “Ownership of Open Data” describes how intellectual property law defines ownership rights in data. Firms that collect data own the rights to data, which is a major factor in the power dynamics of open data.

2) In July, Jeremiah Baarbé and Jeremy de Beer will be presenting “A Data Commons for Food Security” at the 2017 International Association for the Study of the Commons conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The paper proposes a licensing model that allows farmers to benefit from the datasets to which they contribute. The license supports SME data collectors, who need sophisticated legal tools; contributors, who need engagement, privacy, control, and benefit sharing; and consumers who need open access." (