Our Work in 2018
- Publication of Flagship Geospatial Datasets: At the core, throughout the year, we will continue publishing flagship geospatial datasets, annotated with CG Core Metadata Standards, and make them F.A.I.R. (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) through GARDIAN (http://gardian.bigdata.cgiar.org).
- Training Workshops: We will organize a series of training workshops for strengthening our members’ programming skills to process large spatial data more efficiently. In addition to online webinars, CGIAR-CSI will partner with UC Davis to provide in-person R training workshops during the FOSS4G Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (August 27-28). During the conference, we will also feature about 30 presentations in the Agriculture Track and showcase CGIAR’s geospatial analysis and engage with a broad geospatial community in partner institutions.
- Provision of Shared Services: We will provide our community members with key shared-services on commercial datasets (e.g., daily weather data on grids, archive of very-high resolution remote sensing imagery) and analytical tools (e.g., cloud-based remote sensing imagery processing platform).
- Travel Support: We will support our community members’ travel to the prominent geospatial conferences (e.g., FOSS4G, EGU, AGU, Esri User Conference).
- Mini-Grants for Open Geospatial Datasets: We will provide our external partners with mini-grants (10K each) to facilitate the development of key open geospatial datasets that can facilitate CGIAR’s geospatial research (see the announcement of the first-round program at https://wp.me/p9dbDR-gF).
- Support for the UAV Working Group: Within CGIAR-CSI, a new working group on the use of UAVs in agriculture was formed in early 2018. Based on the working group’s needs assessments, where the majority (45%) answered the training workshop as the top priority, CGIAR-CSI will partner with WeRobotics, a technical NGO specialized in the use of UAVs and robotics in the development work, to organize a UAV training and knowledge sharing workshop.
- Other Community Event: As opportunities arise, we will organize community-wide events and programs (e.g., mapathon, mapping algorithm contest) to help advance the quality of CGIAR-produced geospatial datasets and promote their broad use in agricultural science.
How to Engage
Currently, there are more than 100 members in the CGIAR-CSI Community across all 15 centers. Anyone in CGIAR with interests in geospatial science can request to join the community’s Sharepoint at https://cgiar.sharepoint.com/sites/CGIAR-CSI-Community and kept in the loop. External non-CGIAR members can follow the community’s update through the Community Website at https://csidotinfo.wordpress.com.