Data, Interoperability
 and Ag Tech
Friday 8th December, 2017
Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre
Palmerston North,
New Zealand

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Few activities are more tied to location and geography than agriculture. Spatial data and geospatially enabled technologies are therefore critical to today's agriculture. Farmers and growers are using spatial data to improve the production practices by making more informed decisions. This requires data to be shared between different agricultural technologies provided by different vendors. Location informed information is also becoming crucial in local, regional and global food supply chain management and food traceability systems. Government and societies support for agriculture relies on the efficient exchange of information with growers on the geographic extent and status of agricultural activities and related water and land resources. At the same time Government and science organisations collect data that could greatly benefit the agricultural industry. Food security, food safety and sustainable use of land resources requires sharing information about agriculture globally, with the food industry, with government but also with citizens who increasingly want to know the provenance of the food they eat. New technologies allow us to gather more agricultural and related data than ever before at finer and finer spatial and temporal resolutions. But this brings associated challenges with respect to data management, data integration, system and data interoperability, data analysis and data sharing, particularly with regard to data privacy and trust. Together this highlights the urgent need for standards and best practices to be developed and put in to use. This summit will bring together producers, technical innovators, scientists, regional and central government and businesses to explore the opportunities and challenges of data, particularly location related data, across the agri-food ecosystem. The presentations, conversations, and idea sharing will inform the future direction and work of the OGC so that, through collaboration with relevant global partners, it continues to develop relevant and useful standards that benefit agriculture globally.

The Location Powers: Big Linked Geodata workshop will bring together leading developers of linked data that are scaling their approaches to ever larger and diverse datasets. Participants will not only hear the latest developments but will contribute to the collective discussion advancing the use of linked data and big data computing techniques applied to geospatial data with results in many applications.


Linked Data

Semantic Web

Data Deluge

Geospatial Analytics

Open Standards

Scalable Applications

Summit Agenda

Friday 8th December 2017

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What is Location Powers all about and who is the OGC
Enabling eBusiness in agriculture – a global view
Agricultural data sharing issues and challenges from an NZ perspective
Precision Agriculture and spatial data
Farm information systems and GIS in agriculture and horticulture
Supply chains, distribution and traceability
Big Agriculture data
Interoperating with science and government
How OGC and geospatial standards can help


Jim Wilson

President & CEO, AgGateway Global Network

Andrew Cooke

Managing Director, Rezare Systems Ltd (NZ)

Josh Lieberman

Principal at Tumbling Walls LLC and Chair OGC Agricultural Working Group (USA)

Professor Ian Yule

Professor in Precision Agriculture and president-elect (2018-2020) for the International Society of Precision Agriculture, Massey University (NZ)

Mark Neal

Farm Systems Specialist, Dairy NZ

Totes Amaze Speaker

GS1 New Zealand

Matt Flowerday

Owner, GPS-it Precision Land Mapping (NZ)

Alistair Ritchie

Environmental Data Architect, Landcare Research (NZ)

Sean Hodges

Manager Catchment Information, Horizons Regional Council (NZ)


Denise Mckenzie

Head of Outreach

David Medyckyj-Scott

Technical Director NLRC
Landcare Research

Christine Harper

Business Development Manager
Landcare Research


Registration for this event will open soon.

Meeting Location:

Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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