Improving access to big data in agriculture and forestry using semantic technologies

Rob Lokers*, Yke Van Randen, Rob Knapen, Stephan Gaubitzer, Sergey Zudin, Sander Janssen

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To better understand and manage the interactions of agriculture and natural resources, for example under current increasing societal demands and climate changes, agro-environmental research must bring together an ever growing amount of data and information from multiple science domains. Data that is inherently large, multi-dimensional and heterogeneous, and requires computational intensive processing. Thus, agro-environmental researchers must deal with specific Big Data challenges in efficiently acquiring the data fit to their job while limiting the amount of computational, network and storage resources needed to practical levels. Automated procedures for collection, selection, annotation and indexing of data and metadata are indispensable in order to be able to effectively exploit the global network of available scientific information. This paper describes work performed in the EU FP7 Trees4Future and SemaGrow projects that contributes to development and evaluation of an infrastructure that allows efficient discovery and unified querying of agricultural and forestry resources using Linked Data and semantic technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetadata and Semantics Research
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783319241289
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, MTSR 2015 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference9th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, MTSR 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Agriculture
  • Big data
  • Forestry
  • Metadata
  • Semantic technologies

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