We will facilitate a design session oriented toward envisioning and funding the future of open ag tech.
The first two grand challenges for digital agriculture revolved around addressing connectivity issues in rural spaces and resolving interoperability challenges among data, tools, and teams. In the past decade, organizations such as the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) have focused their funding priorities on convening cross-sector partners from academia, industry, government, and the public, to develop distinct roadmaps to solving these fundamental issues. In 2015, FFAR funded the Open Ag Tech & Systems Center (OATS) led by Purdue University and in 2020, funded the Open Tech Ecosystem for Adaptive Management (OpenTEAM) led by Wolfe’s Neck Research Center. Each of these large-scale efforts exemplified innovative strategies to collaboratively develop open source technologies that address connectivity and interoperability challenges in agriculture.
As the digital agriculture ecosystem of people, data, tools, and methods continues to grow and evolve, we see three grand challenges the GOAT community will face:
Fostering a Culture of Maintenance: How do we ensure that there is a vibrant community of both paid and volunteer developers, users, and stewards of critical software utilities and open ag tech?
Human-Centered and Ecologically Oriented Design: How can we reorient our design practice to focus on improving usability for both human and non-human stakeholders? How can we ensure that our technology design efforts are ecologically supportive?
Cultivating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Community: How can we deliberately invite and cultivate partnerships with existing networks of diverse stakeholders of open ag tech?
In this session, we will host both discussion and design activities to bring together funders (including FFAR), members of the GOAT community, and newcomers to the open ag tech space, to map out a roadmap that promotes research and collaborative development to address these three new challenge areas in open ag tech.
We’ll post the specific agenda here. Feel free to comment with ideas or things you’d like to discuss!
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