GeoFARMatics International Conference 24-26 November 2010 | Cologne, Germany

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GeoFARMatics

2010
International Confe
r
ence

24
-
26 November 2010 |
Cologne, Ge
r
many







THE COLOGNE DECLARATION



T
he EU
-
funded projects FutureFarm, agriXchange

and
CAPIGI
-
network
which joine
d together in GeoFARMatics
2010

in Cologne, Germany, from 24th
-
2
6th November 2010,
recognise
d

that
agri
-
food and
rural ICT
must

be

an

essential
part of
the
European Digital Agenda for 20
2
0. The process of
building
the

Rural Knowledge Society started by
the
Valencia
declaration help
s

to reduce
the
digital
divide

betwee
n rural and
urban communities in Europe. However
,

new changes in
the
global
food supply
, growing demand
s

on food quality and
quantity, energy demand
s and

environmental aspects introduce
new demand
s

on future knowledge management
.

The objective
of future k
nowledge management
should

be to
enable

the

agri
-
food and
rural communities to react adequately
t
o these
changes
.

F
o
r this reason
,

knowledge management has to
become part of
the agri
-
food and rural

production

system
.
This
require
s

a
clear vision, which h
as to be based on discussion
s

with

farmers,
experts, politicians and
other
stakeholders
.


Therefore the participants declare
:

That
ICT and knowledge management for all rural
communit
ies

including agri
-
food
ha
ve

become
a
vital part of
the
Digital Agenda for

Europe 2020.
The s
ingle digital market
,
Future Internet, s
haring of knowledge
, social networks,
protection of data and

open access to information
will
be
essential for farming and rural communities.


The imperative aspects are the following:

1.

Policy and L
eadership


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This s
hould be facilitated by:

(a)

including representative
s

of ICT for Agriculture
and
rural development
specialist
s

into
the
legislative
processes of
the
European Communities leading to
the
definition of priorities of
the D
igital
A
genda
;

(b)

raising
a
wareness and establish
ing a

social platform for
exchange of information among key participants,
especially rural communities
;

(c)

support
ing a

platform for standardisation of
information inside
rural communities and the agri
-
food

sector but also
between

the ag
ri
-
food

sector and other
sectors
;

(d)

including rural knowledge management as
an
essential
part
of

the
future European Strategic Development
plan
;

(e)

b
uild
ing

a coherent strategy for rural public sector
information

management.


2.

Research and Innovation

The d
evel
opment of knowledge
-
based system
s

for
the
farming
sector has to be
supported by

ICT focused on:



Future Internet and
Internet of things including sensor
technology and machine to machine communication
;



Service Oriented Architecture as
a
key element of
arch
itecture
s

f
or

future knowledge management
systems
;



The p
ower of Social Networks and Social Media or so
called knowledge internet
;



Management and accessibility of geospatial information
as
a
key information

source

for any decision
;

On
the
application side
the focus has to be on:



ICT applications for the complete traceability of
production, products and services throughout a
networked value chain
including

logistics
;



Collaborative environments and
trusted
sharing of
knowledge and supporting innovations in ag
ri
-
food and
rural areas
, especially

supporting food quality and
security
;



ICT applications supporting the management of natural
resources and rural development
.



ICT applications
reducing administrative burdens in
rural areas



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3.

Future
T
echnological
S
olution
s


Future Internet architectures
must reflect the needs and
specificity of rural communities. It has to
be resilient,
trustworthy and energy
-
efficient and designed to support open
access

and

increasing heterogeneity of end
-
points
.
Networks
should sustain a

large number of devices, many orders of
magnitude higher than the current Internet, handle large
irregular information flows and be compatible with ultra high
capacity
,
end
-
to
-
end connectivity. Service Oriented
Architecture
s

have to

provide methods for sy
stems
development and integration where systems group functionality
around business processes and package these as interoperable
services.
The f
uture development of technology
has to

be based
on
a
broader utilisation of social network
s
.
It is important to

support the development of machine
-
readable legislation,
guidelines and standards to integrate management information
systems with policy tools.


4.

Standardisation

Major priorities

for future
knowledge systems

will be the
i
ntegration and
orchestration
amon
g services

based on semantic
integration of collaborati
ve

activities, including semantic
compatibility for information and services, as well as
ontologies for collaboration
.
.


5.

Social organisation of knowledge management

The concept of Trust Centre
s

has t
o

represent an integrate
d

approach to guarantee the security aspects for all participants in
the future farm.
T
here will
be a
grow
ing

importance of
protection of privacy and IPR because trust of information is
one from the priorities for
all rural communit
ies
.
Pan European
Social Networks have to support trust centres and enable such
technologies as
cloud application
s

and
which
will
ha
ve

to
guarantee knowledge security.


6.

Social and Human Aspects

Rural businesses are usually small or medium size businesses
a
ccording to the number of people they employ and so
knowledge management and internal processes are different
from large companies. Future knowledge systems have to be
based on each community’s

own concepts of value, cultural
heritage and
a
local vision o
f
a
preferred future.
The o
bjective

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is to develop
human
-
centred reference models of sustainable
rural life
-
styles that overcome social divisions and exclusion
and include unique rural features and create new rural
businesses and social infrastructures

and
attractive computer
-
based education
.


7.

Environmental Aspects

Societal and political pressures for increased environmental
standards are expected.
It

will be necessary to discuss such
aspects as
the
utilisation of GM production and environmental
aspects of
bio f
ue
l production. Th
ese

aspect
s

will
,

on one side
,
require exact economical, health and environmental
mathematical analysis and
,

on
the
other side
,

public dis
cussio
n
and e participation on such decisions.


In order to achieve these goals we, the partici
pants of the
conference, “GeoFarmatics 2010” meeting in Cologne, call on
all Public Administrations, Governments and the business
sector, to support this declaration and assist in the realization of
the Digital Agenda for 2020 for rural development. We ent
reat
all public and private agents to create a new strategic
framework of cooperation to promote:

A.

Define
d

key objective
s

for
the agri
-
food

and rural
Digital Agenda for 2020
;

B.

S
upport
for the
development of future internet
technologies and
the
internet of th
ings
;

C.

S
upport
for
social networking to reach consensus about
future environmental, economical and social priorities
of
agri
-
food

and rural strategies
;

D.

T
he

initiation of a

continuous e
-
conference of all
stakeholders to define
a
clear future strategy and
pri
orities
;

E.

S
upport

for
new ICT and knowledge
-
based solution
s

supporting
the
development of future generation
s

of
rural businesses
;

F.

S
upport
the
development of knowledge technologies to
guarantee
,

in
the
future
,

high quality food production
;

G.

O
pen public discu
ssion
on
how to solve future problems

and to
secure food production
versus

the production of
energy and environment
al benefits
.



26th November 2010