Specifically, the collaboration is designed to provide both parties with the opportunity to better serve U.S. ag producers by: 1) Aligning USDA and AgGateway data elements and data standards; and 2) Developing procedures within the USDA that align with the use of precision ag technology and data used by producers and agri-businesses.
|Wendy Smith, AgGateway president and chief executive officer|
AgGateway members and USDA information technology experts will cover a number of work areas, including refining the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) agriculture domain published data elements and standards; establishing application programming interface (API) standards; establishing USDA open data standards (data.gov); incorporating USDA terms and definitions into AgGateway's AgGlossary; beginning work to establish standards and guidelines for field/part-field identification purposes; and data interchange format development for direct reporting of crop, acreage, acreage location and production.
"This is a very important area for the American farmer, so we're pleased to be moving forward in these work areas," said Bobby Jones, USDA chief data officer.
He noted that the project aligns with the U.S. President Management Agenda, Cross Agency Priority Goal 2, Data, Accountability and Transparency - Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset; and it amplifies Strategy 4: Commercialization, Innovation, and Public Use of the Federal Data Strategy.
Updates will be regularly reported in AgGateway news to the industry and at AgGateway meetings, including the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting in Altoona, Iowa, U.S., June 11-14.