Machine-readable encoding for definitions of Management Strategies
WP 4 of FutureFarm is mainly focussed on the Integration of knowledge for compliance to Management Standards into Farm Information Systems. These external Management Standards are published by third parties and explicit decisions by the farm manager are more or less restricted to choose which of the voluntary standards and private labels the farm should comply to. Based on a “Model of decision-making and information flows for information-intensive agriculture” by S. Fountas et al. (2006) Deliverable 4.1.4 describes an ontology with terms and relationships in the field of management strategies to be used in future farm applications. The encoding of management strategies was first modelled with use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML). Towards future decision support systems based on common ontologies for management goals and strategies the formalisation was modelled using the Web Ontology Language (OWL) by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). OWL is compatible with the RDF and RIF technologies by W3C which might be used in future applications which exchange and share data on the web.