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St. Louis, Missouri


InfoAg 2016 Presentation
Data Standards

Grand F
Wed, Aug 3, 2016
3:00pm to 3:20pm

Reference Data: Enabling Industry-wide Common Understanding with Vocabularies and APIs

Precision agriculture (PA) has shown great promise in delivering the ability to convert vast quantities of data collected by farm equipment into actionable information in Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) and other tools. However, PA has not quite delivered on this promise because different manufacturers' hardware and software are not interoperable.

AgGateway's SPADE and PAIL projects have targeted this problem, modeling business processes, identifying the data needed to support them, and working with manufacturers and software companies to develop a toolkit, ADAPT, that will help convert seamlessly between various manufacturers' data formats and an industry standard common data model.

A critical component of this system is a common way to identify products such as seed, chemicals and equipment, so when growers share data about crop protection applications (or other field operations) with partners (such as customers, bankers and custom applicators) the recipients of the data understand exactly what is meant.

The SPADE project  developed a standardized, distributed mechanism to source this "Reference Data".

  • Standardized: We propose a single mechanism and format for industry partners to source data, and
  • Distributed, because each manufacturer can host its own reference data through a delivery tool ("API") themselves, and third parties can do so as well.

This presentation focuses on three problems being addressed by the AgGateway Reference Data system: Identification (we need common identifiers to convey common meaning across the industry), Sourcing (How can we source those common identifiers?), and Access (How can a farm management information system find those sources?)


Andres Ferreyra

Ag Connections, Inc.