CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

Using big data to solve agricultural development problems faster, better and at greater scale.

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Introduction to GDPR

Does your organization have a website? Do you have any visitors from the EU? Starting May 25th, you could be fined 20 million Euros or 4% of annual global revenue, whichever is greater, if you do anything to violate EU citizens' rights under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This new law will hold businesses accountable for transparency and security of any customer information they possess about any EU citizen. U.S. and international companies that export and handle personal data of European citizens will need to comply with the new requirements or be subject to its hefty penalties. This self-paced online course will explore this mandate and its impact on international development organizations.

CGIAR Webinars Internal

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Upcoming Webinar

Webinar topic: The Proof is in the Pudding: Building the Evidence Base for Digital Food Systems Interventions

When: 17 September, 9:00 am GMT -5 (Cali, Colombia timezone)

At every point along the food system continuum, digital interventions are changing the way we engage with agricultural processes, yet little is known about their comprehensive, verified impacts on various stakeholders. To close this knowledge gap, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture has launched the Evidence Clearing House for Digital Food Systems—an online tool that consolidates impact evidence from digital food system interventions around the world and allows users to monitor trends in the digital innovation sphere. It builds on an effort first developed under the USAID initiative “Digital Development for Feed the Future.” With credible data made available by the Clearing House, development agencies, investors, and digital innovators will have better, more complete information at hand in order to design, construct, regulate, and invest in sustainable, inclusive digital food systems.


Upcoming Webinar

Webinar topic: Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Research for Development

Western Hemisphere Session: 29 October, 9:00 am CDT / GMT -5 (Cali, Colombia timezone)

Eastern Hemisphere Session: 31 October, 8:30 am CET / GMT +1 (Geneva, Switzerland timezone)

Technological innovation is developing quickly, in some areas even exponentially. The food security and agricultural sectors are no exception; important advances have been made in areas such as advanced mechanics, bio-technology, sophisticated nature-based systems approaches, and others.

It is increasingly recognized that global challenges such a food security and climate change cannot be met without significant advances in innovation and technology. All innovation has a source, and recognizing and protecting the rights of the innovator is at the core of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) system. The IPR system was created to stimulate innovation based on a balanced approach. It provides a time-bound control over the use of an innovation, whether the intention is for commercial use or free public access.

The webinar will introduce the IPR system in the context of agricultural research for development. It will explain patents and other relevant IPR instruments, their merits and limitations, and illustrate how the IPR system can serve agricultural research in the context of CGIAR.

The webinar is organized by WIPO GREEN in cooperation with CGIAR Platform for Big Data. WIPO GREEN is part of the Global Challenges Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a UN specialized agency based in Geneva. WIPO GREEN addresses the global challenges of climate change, food security, and the environment by mobilizing innovation and technology as solutions in relation to these challenges.

FAIR Data Management

Data assets that are interpretable and interoperable for humans and machines are critical to enhance the impact of research in the agricultural domain and to catalyze innovation and transform agricultural reserch for development. This course has been developed to strengthen capacity in the CGIAR System and beyond to create, manage and share research and development data assets that are not only open (i.e., discoverable and downloadable), but also easily interpretable, interoperable, and reusable. The FAIR Principles embody the guidelines to make resources Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR); this course is intended to provide more concrete "how to" help in operationalizing these, and ensuring that assets are responsibly managed.