1st FAIRagro Community Summit

One of FAIRagro’s most important concerns is direct communication and interaction with our community, which is spread across many disciplines, institutions and organizations. In this way, we understand the respective requirements for optimal research data management, address these and communicate our services, events and the opportunities to participate in FAIRagro.

118 FAIRagro enthusiasts at the Community Summit

Anderson, James M, Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Dr. Arend, Daniel, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben
Asseng, Senthold, Technical University Munich
Dr. Atemkeng, Maureen Fonji, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Barthauer, Raisa, VZG
Dr. Bauer, Daniel, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Dr. Beier, Sebastian, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, ELIXIR
Boße, Sophie, ZB MED
Dr. Brase, Jan, SUB Goettingen
Dr. Büks, Fredi, FG Bodenkunde, Technische Universität Berlin
Burkhart, Sebastian, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Dr. Devare, Medha, CGIAR | IITA
Dr. Donaubauer, Andreas, Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik
Dr. Eggels, Stella, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Dr. Estel, Stephan, ZEPP
Prof. Dr. Ewert, Frank, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.
Filter, Matthias, BfR
Fischer, Sarah, Forschungsinstitut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN)
Fricke, Fabian, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Gedicke, Sven, Uni Bonn
Prof. Dr. Gerowitt, Bärbel, Universität Rostock
Dr. Ghafarian, Fatemeh, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.
Dr. Golz, Julia, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Grygosch, Lars, IBG-2
Dr. Habermehl, Christina, Leibnitz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischrei (IGB)
Dr. Heuermann, Marc, IPK Gatersleben
Dr. Hoang, Yen, BfR
Hoedt, Florian, Thünen-Institut
Dr. Hoffmann, Carsten, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
Prof. Dr. Hoogenboom, Gerrit, University of Florida
Jung, Jascha, KTBL
Dr. Keller, Christin, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Kirchgessner, Oliver, Julius Kühn Institut
Dr. Kleinhenz, Benno, ZEPP
Kleppert, Ireneusz, Forschungszentrum Jülich (UC5)
Dr. Knibbe, Willem Jan, Wageningen University & Research
König, Patrick, IPK Gatersleben
König, Manuela, JKI
Dr. Krumsieck, Jens, Thünen-Institut
Dr. Kühnel, Stefan, JKI-SF
Dr. Kunisch, Martin, Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e.V. (KTBL)
Dr. Lange, Matthias, IPK-Gatersleben
Dr. Leroy, Benjamin, Technische Universität München
Linares, Jimena, GFBIo e.V. / NFDI4BIodiversity
Martini, Daniel, Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e.V.
Matheisen, Giada, Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns
Dr. Mehmood, Tariq, Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Neumann, Kathleen, Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG)
Prof. Dr. Pleissner, Daniel, Institut für Lebensmittel- und Umweltforschung (ILU) e.V.
Dr. Posada, Rafael, Deutscher Wetterdienst
Pravdyuk, Anna, Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung
Raab, Marie, Hochschule Anhalt, Bernburg an der Saale
Prof. Dr. Rascher, Uwe, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2: Plant Sciences
Other Rawat, Akansha, Julius Kühn Institut
Dr. Regierer, Babette, Leibniz-Institut für gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ)
Reinosch, Nils, KTBL
Renninger, Paul, Technische Universität Dresden
Rettberg, Najla, TUD
Rey Mazon, Elena, IPK Gatersleben
Risvi, Shiyaza, Uni Bonn
Dr. Rottstock, Tanja, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Institut für Strategien und Folgenabschätzung
Scharfenberg, Carsten, ZALF
Schlüter, Lena, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.
Prof. Dr. Schmid, Karl, Universität Hohenheim
Dr. Schmidt, Marcus, ZALF e.V.
Dr. Schmutzer, Thomas, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Schneider, Gabriel, ZB MED
Schneider, Julian, ZB MED
Schnitzer, Helena, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH / ELIXIR Germany
Schröder, Max, Universitätsbibliothek Rostock
Schulz Blank, Sabine, Hochschule Neubrandenburg sowie Institut für Landschaftsdiskurs (IfL)
Seegert, Jörg, Technische Universität Dresden
Sellmann, Jörg, Julius Kühn-Institut
Dr. Senft, Matthias, Julius Kühn Institut
Dr. Sennhenn, Anne, Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Singson, Lea Sophie, FIZ Karlsruhe
Dr. Specka, Xenia, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.
Dr. Srivastava, Amit Kumar, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Dr. Stahl, Ulrike, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Dr. Svoboda, Nikolai, ZALF
Other Tan, Zhiyin, L3S Research Center, Leibniz University Hannover
Dr. Tron, Nanina, Julius Kühn-Institut
Uhlott, Jannes, Julius Kühn-Institut
Prof. Dr. Usadel, Björn, Forschungszentrum Jülich /HHU düsseldorf
Prof. Dr. van Dam, Nicole, Leibniz Institut für Gemüse und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ)
Vedder, Lucia, Universität Bonn
Dr. von Waldow, Harald, Thünen-Institut
Prof. Dr. Webber, Heidi, ZALF
Wolff, Ian, HNEE

In order to bring the agrosystems community and related disciplines together and create opportunities for exchange and networking, we are organizing the first Community Summit in the summer in addition to the diverse activities already taking place.

The event will take place on Monday, 17.6.2024 in the Atrium of the Leibniz Association in Berlin-Mitte (Chausseestrasse 111 in 10115 Berlin). Public transport: S1 – Station Nordbahnhof | U6 – Station Naturkundemuseum | Tram M5, M8, M10 und 12 – Station U Naturkundemuseum. The event will start at 12 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. – you can expect a varied and exciting program.

The Summit will be held in English (except one side event on day 2).

FAIRagro Community Summit 17. - 18. Juni 2024 in Berlin


Monday 17. June 2024
Community Summit

We have prepared these sessions – please find the program here to download. Please check back at times, we will provide updates as soon as possible.

12:00 – 13:00

Arrival, Registration, Light lunch

13:00 – 13:45

Welcome & Impulse

Introduction of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) members

14:00 – 15:00

FAIRagro (community) services
FAIRagro show

1.  The FAIRagro Helpdesk (DSSC) – A direct link to our community’s everyday needs

For the first time, the German Agrosystem Research Community has a place to address all questions regarding RDM all the way from data collection to reuse. Over the past year, we have started to get an impression on what matters to the community, which are their most burning questions and how to best reach out to research and beyond in a successful manner. In this sub-session, we will present our take-aways and visions for the future of our FAIRagro Helpdesk, including some of the interesting requests we have been dealing with so far.

In addition, we collect further needs from the community in a structured approach in order to further develop the DSSC in a targeted manner.

2.  RDM Training at different levels – our approach to empowering researchers and multipliers for cultural change

Data literacy is a key competence in data driven and digital science. We show what we have done over the past year to train researchers in the basics and particularities of subject-specific RDM and to enable them to apply the standards, tools and services developed in FAIRagro in their daily work. We illustrate how we help multipliers to further disseminate the knowledge and expertise from FAIRagro. And we describe what further steps we will take to empower the community to drive the cultural change towards a FAIR and collaborative RDM.

3.  FAIRagro Use Case – Show case FAIR development in practice

This workshop is designed specifically for potential future use cases. It provides an introduction to the Use Case call and addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs). Additionally, current Use Cases will present their progress and share experiences that could be useful for potential future use cases, offering an opportunity to interact with existing Use Cases and FAIRagro experts.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00

FAIRagro (infrastructure & service) developments
FAIRagro backstage

4 short presentations as lighting talks with following Interactive Poster Session with Discussion

a.  FAIRagro Middleware – A comprehensive solution for Interoperability within Agronomy and NFDI

Research data infrastructures in systems agronomy encompasses multi data domains and implement heterogeneous standards. Thus an integrative access has to comprise genotype, phenotype, environmental and management data such as soil, phenotype, weather, cultivation/landscape management, geospatial and genetics. Therefore multimodality and interoperability is an essential prerequisite and requires a comprehensive middleware. We developed a concept, which do not intervene directly in the RDI autonomy, but just need minimal extensions to provide a middleware serving dedicated FAIRagro services such as data analysis and data integration workflow system (SciWin), the search and RDI inventory portal and allow a later cross NFDI integration.

Technical concepts for a central middleware infrastructure in agrosystem sciences (Meta)
guided by Daniel Arend (IPK), Jorge García Brizuela et al. (TA4)

b.  (Meta) Data Standards for agricultural research data management and approaches towards evaluation – an overview

The agricultural domain features a multitude of metadata and data standards, necessitating a comprehensive assessment. This evaluation considers the alignment of data standards with the requirements of available use cases and their adherence to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles. An inventory of these standards has been compiled and will be presented, offering insights into their diversity and applicability. Additionally, ongoing efforts include the development of a schema.org extension, aiming to enhance findability and data sharing within the agricultural research community.

Data Standards for agricultural research data management 
guided by Gabriel Schneider (ZB MED), et al. (TA3)

c.  Analysing and improving data quality by an interactive interface for quality metrics

Verified data quality is a prerequisite for the reusability of data in all areas of application. Concentrating on the agrosystem domain, we identified relevant metrics to describe the data quality along the whole data life cycle. Based on these metrics, we are building an interactive interface that supports both data providers and users in analyzing and improving the quality of data sets. As a mathematical framework, we develop flexible algorithms that we collate in an algorithmic suite for data curation, which aims at an automatic detection, quantification and resolution of certain quality problems. To communicate certain quality measures, we are focusing on appropriate representations of quality-related data annotations, which will become accessible and editable through the user interface.

Data quality and metric for agrosystem science
guided by Shiyaza Risvi (Uni Bonn), Sven Gedicke (Uni Bonn), Jannes Uhlott (JKI) (TA3)

d.  An infrastructure to make reproducible workflows achievable for everyone: The  SciWIn concept

The reproducibility of scientific data and findings is of great importance, but this is often not achieved. This is partly due to the difficulty of reproducibly executing highly individualized scientific data processing workflows on suitable platforms. The SciWIn platform is intended to provide an environment in which FAIRagro-specific data analysis and processing workflows can be carried out easily and reproducibly. Input data and workflow descriptions in the form of FAIR-annotated FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) serve as input vectors. The results of the data processing performed on SciWIn are also provided and saved as FDOs. This enables complete traceability and reproducibility of scientific data processing.

Scientific Workflow Infrastructure (SciWIn) concepts and possible application in agricultural research
guided by Harald von Waldow (Thünen), Patrick Koenig (IPK), Antonia Leidel (IPK), Jens Krumsieck (Thünen) (TA4)

17:00 – 18:00

FAIRagro Wrap-up & Vision

Panel discussion

18:00 – 19:00

Drinks & networking

Tuesday 18. June 2024
Post-Summit Side Events

On the following day, Tuesday, 18.6.2024, we have four additional side events for further consolidation and supplementation. The side events will also take place on the premises of the Leibniz Association.

These are the four side events – please find a program here to download. Please check back at times, we will provide updates as soon as possible.

9:00 – 10:30

Reflecting on current FAIRagro Use Cases and Introducing the 2024 Use Case Call

FAIRagro Use Cases highlight the current challenges in agrosystems research, emphasising the difficulties resulting from inadequate data availability, infrastructure, and adoption of standards. They demonstrate that improvements in these areas enable more effective resolution of agricultural research questions. By building upon existing work and infrastructure, these Use Cases also serve to disseminate solutions within their disciplines and beyond, promoting effective communication and cultural change towards a fairer data future in agrosystem science and beyond.

As part of this Summit Side-Event, we aim to provide an opportunity to engage with existing Use Cases and gain insights into their FAIRagro activities and developments. Additionally, we will introduce the FAIRagro Use Case Call 2024, outlining application requirements, providing necessary documents, and addressing frequently asked questions.

9:00 – 10:30

Rechtliche und ethische Stolpersteine in der Agrosystemforschung (in German)

Der Projektentwurf steht, die Studie ist umrissen, das Feldexperiment geplant. Doch wie garantiere ich eigentlich, dass meine Forschungsdaten auch im Einklang mit Recht und Ethik – also FAIR – erhoben  und veröffentlicht werden können? Worauf muss ich achten, wenn ich mit Proben aus dem Ausland arbeite? Wenn ich Felder von Landwirten ausmesse und diese nach Ernteerträgen oder Düngeverhalten befrage? Wenn ich meine Daten in ein Repositorium hochladen und lizenzieren will? All diese Fragen muss sich die Forscherin früher oder später stellen. Die Antworten darauf sind häufig komplex, die Verunsicherung groß. Dem wollen wir in unserem Workshop abhelfen. Von der praktischen Anwendung des NAGOYA-Protokolls und den CARE-Prinzipien über die Beachtung von Geschäftsgeheimnissen bis hin zur richtigen Lizenzierung im Einklang mit dem Urheberrecht beleuchten wir die für die Agrosystemforschungs-Community relevanten Rechtsthemen. Wir zeigen Ihnen anhand eines konkreten Beispiels, was Sie in Ihrem Forschungsprojekt beachten müssen, um  rechtliche und ethische Stolpersteine im Umgang mit Forschungsdaten sicher überwinden zu können.

(Dieser Workshop wird in deutscher Sprache gehalten)

11:00 – 12:30

Connecting (RDM) Helpdesks and Data Stewards across institutions

Depending on the requirements of researchers, institutions and funders, RDM requests from our users are diverse so that not every helpdesk has the answer to everything. In this side-event, we will meet and greet with fellow helpdesks and RDM service providers and identify cases in which we can all profit from a network of experts with specific knowledge on a local, methodical or thematic level. We will then pose the question on suitable pathways in which requests can pass from one service point to another with minimal additional stress for the users while providing the best service possible. Ideally, this workshop will result in an overview map of helpdesk-clusters and service pathways for the agricultural and related domains.

11:00 – 12:30

Towards international RDM harmonization in agricultural research (invitation only)

Embedding FAIRagro into the international agricultural RDM community

In this side-event we engage in exchanges with international partners. Existing collaborations should be brought together and missing connections and topics identified on an international level. Using selected topics (e.g. metadata standards, ontologies, interfaces, etc.), we go through the necessary steps and bridging activities towards international visibility and perception of FAIRagro.

The participation of international CAB members and international networed community members of FAIRagro is appreciated. To ensure a productive exchange, we limit the maximum number of participants to 25 with advanced invitation and registration. 

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact oliver.kirchgessner@julius-kuehn.de



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