A man weighing harvested orange-fleshed sweetpotato growing along the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Northern Bangladesh
A man weighing harvested orange-fleshed sweetpotato growing along the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Northern Bangladesh.
Photo: S. Quinn/CIP

08.07.2019

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CGIAR has launched its new platform for big data in agriculture, GARDIAN. The platform aims to harness big data capabilities to accelerate and enhance the impact of international agricultural research. GARDIAN shall provide global leadership in organising Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data, convening partners to develop innovative ideas, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics through inspiring projects.

GARDIAN, the first pan-CGIAR search engine for agricultural data, is intended as an important step toward bringing together valuable scientific knowledge, generated across the CGIAR network and beyond. CGIAR launched this platform for big data in agriculture in June 2019. GARDIAN embraces the power of big data analytics, supporting CGIAR as it becomes a leader in generating actionable data-driven insights. It shall build capacity to generate and manage big data, and is to comply with open access/open data principles to unlock important research and datasets. It also shall empower researchers to strengthen data analytical capacity, developing practical big data tools and services in a coordinated way, and it shall address critical gaps, both organisational and technical, expanding the horizon of CGIAR research. The platform is co-led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Making data FAIR

“For data to be truly valuable, it has to be reusable.

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