1st eROSA Policy Workshop Report (31 March, 2017)

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e-ROSA’s first Policy Workshop

e-ROSA and the H2020 project Big Data Europe held a joint Policy Workshop at the CLORA premises in Brussels on 31 March 2017, as a follow-up to the workshop for Societal Challenge 2 “Food and agriculture” co-organised by Big Data Europe and FAO with support from the Global Open Data in Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN).

The goal of this workshop was to bring together a selected group of people working on policy frameworks and agendas relevant to the data economy and ecosystem discussion in agriculture and food. In particular, the workshop sought to:

  • Present key related projects funded by various Directorates-General (DG) of the European Commission within the scope of Open Science/Data Economy and Ecosystem in Agriculture and Food;
  • Bring together representatives from the relevant DGs (DG RTD, DG AGRI and DG CONNECT) in order to discuss the project portfolio and agenda, and related policy frameworks with the community representatives as well as their peers;
  • Identify potential synergies with and lessons learnt from national and international initiatives.



The workshop was organised around two main sessions as follows:

Session 1. Data Sharing for Collaboration. Representatives from DG RTD, DG AGRI and DG CONNECT as well as key stakeholders from national and EU initiatives presented their current activities and progress towards enhancing sharing of and open access to data.

Regarding related EU policy actions and initiatives, Wim Haentjens (DG RTD) presented the progress towards the European Open Science Cloud’s (EOSC) establishment. Ana Cuadrado Galván and Louis Mahy (DG AGRI) presented DG AGRI’s Research & Innovation activities contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy. Fabrizio Sestini (DG CONNECT) presented the EU CAPS policy (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation).

In addition, emerging initiatives and success stories were discussed from a national point of view as well as from the EU perspective. Véronique Bellon Maurel (IRSTEA) presented the French project for a national data portal in agriculture. Richard Tiffin (University of Reading) presented the British initiative Agrimetrics for agricultural data.

Session 2. Building a European Data Economy. Representatives from DG CONNECT and GODAN as well as stakeholders from H2020 project-related communities discussed how their current and future activities would feed into the European strategic priority of building a data-driven economy.

Saila Rinne (DG CONNECT) presented the EC Communication on Building a European Data Economy published in January 2017 that seeks to provide insights and initiate a more in-depth discussion on how to unleash the EU’s data economy with appropriate EU policies and laws. Nikos Manouselis (Agroknow) presented the rationale and role of the GODAN Data Ecosystem WG as an international strategic platform for discussing issues and aligning objectives regarding data in agriculture and food.

Regarding EU-funded pilot initiatives, Karel Charvat (http://www.lesprojekt.cz/en) and Sjaak Wolfert (Wageningen University & Research) respectively presented the projects H2020 Big Data Lighthouse Pilot DataBio and Internet of Food & Farm (IoF2020).

The complete workshop report is available at: Workshop report

All workshop presentations are available at: https://www.slideshare.net/tag/erosapolicyws1