Title: Data Standards
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Scott Murrell
AgGateway Core Documents

Growers and Service Providers are capturing more data today in production agriculture than ever before.  AgGateway is actively working on several projects to improve the industry’s ability to share and understand data captured today in production agriculture.  The SPADE/PAIL projects have defined five Core Documents that represent the data typically exchanged in production agriculture.  These Core Documents are Plan, Recommendation, Work Order and Work Record.  The presentation will explain how these documents were developed and the data included within them.  The AgGateway Core Documents give the industry a common outline of the information that supports growers’ field operations business processes; this will hopefully lead to more streamlined data sharing between growers and their partners.  The AgGateway Core Documents are still a work in progress, so please join us for this presentation and see how you can help us maximize the value of the data you collect.

Jeremy Wilson (speaker)
Senior Vice President Digital Agronomic Solutions
EFC Systems
Newton, IL, NA 62448

Jeremy was raised on a family farm near Olney, Illinois where he operates an 800 acre grain farm with family. He graduated from Wabash Valley Jr. College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture Production and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University in May of 1995. He started his working career with a Crop Insurance Company as a loss adjuster in 1995 then went to work for Wabash Valley Service Company as a crop specialist in 1999 and in July 2006 accepted the position as Technology Specialist for Crop IMS, an information management, scouting and technology company based in south central Illinois. In February of 2019 he was named Senior Vice President of Digital Agronomic Solutions for EFC Systems based in Brentwood Tennessee.  

Length (approx): 40 min

Update on industry effort to provide a production level, open source toolkit for use by the precision ag industry to improve interoperability of precision ag data.

Mark Stelford (speaker)
General Manager
Premier Crop
, IA
Mark Stelford, General Manager, joined PCS in 2013 from John Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group. His work spans over 20 years in precision ag, starting with what become on the the first commercially available yield monitoring systems. Looking at Mark's height, you would think he had a history of playing volleyball. However, much to his wife's disbelief - he was actually a member of a "nerdy chess team".
Length (approx): 40 min
The Open Ag Data Alliance: Real-Time Connections

The Open Ag Data Alliance, led by the Open Ag Technology and Systems (OATS) group at Purdue University, was formed in 2014 as an open source project to get data flowing in agriculture by defining a standard, model-agnostic Application Programming Interface (API).  It has since released version 1.0, achieved existing commercial implementations, grown to over 25 partners on 3 continents , provided open source code resources, and engaged in many demonstration projects.  This talk will present the vision of the OADA effort for real-time, privacy-conscious data connections in agriculture, technical progress over the last year, and plans for upcoming versions 2.0 and 3.0.  An additional focus will be given to understanding the business case of API's in agriculture and related industries.

Aaron Ault (speaker)
OADA Project Lead and Senior Research Engineer
Open Ag Technology Group at Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Aaron Ault received BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. He has contributed to projects across the computing spectrum over the past 15 years, including signal processing, data mining, visualization, embedded systems, software engineering, wireless sensor networks, and web applications. He is currently the senior research engineer with the Open Ag Technology Group at Purdue, spearheading the development of several open source ag-related initiatives: the Open Ag Data Alliance, the Open Ag ToolKit, and ISOblue. Aaron is also Vice President of Ault Farms, Inc, where he works full time both managing daily operations and getting his hands dirty. Ault Farms is a midwestern family farming operation with 3,200 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat, and 3000 head of beef cattle.
Length (approx): 20 min
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 (speaker)
Ag Connections, Inc.
Murray, KY 42071
Born in Argentina, Andres has over 25 years of experience in technology R&D in the private sector and academia. Andres is an Electric /Electronic Engineer. He worked several years developing industrial instrumentation computers and weather satellite image processing systems as managing partner in Dexar, a company he co-owned. He later completed an MS in Agronomy / Agrometeorology and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (University of Florida) with a Minor in Computer Science. Andres joined Ag Connections in 2003, first as a consultant, prototyping various spatial data collection tools; and full-time since 2004, leading development of telemetry integration, remote data entry, and irrigation-related projects, as well as Ag Connections work in AgGateway, AEF, and other standards groups. Andres research interests include using mathematical techniques to develop user-friendly tools to help growers solve problems while keeping the data-handling
Length (approx): 20 min