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Publications relating to the FutureFarm project

Topic

FutureFarm Project Final Report

Although most people can see the benefits of using a more precise approach to manage crops with additional information, the tools provided by precision farming and other information technologies have not yet moved into mainstream agricultural management. The increased complexity of the systems inhibits easy adoption and makes calculations as to the financial benefits uncertain. These issues can be resolved by improving the decision making process though better Management Information Systems, improved data interchange standards and clear management methods.

Set of Requirements specifications for a multifunctional Farm Portal

The role of a Farm Portal is to communicate the multifunctional farm of “tomorrow” of being environmentally and socially friendly, energetic autonomous and enhancing the rural economy will be analyzed. The farmer needs to do documentation but also needs to get benefits out of the new technologies; moreover the benefits must motivate him to use these technologies.

Proof-of-concept implementations of client software, including Rules App

FutureFarm WP 4 deals with the task “Knowledge Management in the FMIS of tomorrow”. The set of deliverables splits this task in different subtasks. FutureFarm deliverable D4.1.1 specifies an encoding for agricultural production standards, which serves as a data exchange format for structured, machine readable documents published by some authority or similar consisting sets of rules which farmers may adhere to. Deliverable D4.2 specifies interfaces for a catalogue and rule service in order to discover and distribute these standards.

System analysis and definition of system boundaries

The objectives of deliverable 3.1 are to identify the scope of a farm management information system (FMIS) and identifies the conceptual system framework, which will guide the evolutionary process of analysing the information flow; define the databases, the knowledge encoding, the requirements for on-line control, etc. The specific output from deliverable 3.1 becomes the preliminary scope and system boundaries and will function as the starting point from which the expectations and constraining requirements to the system can be further explored.

Analysis of principles for adaptive knowledge management on pilot farms

Knowledge management offers a great opportunity for farmers to grow on the market, to be more flexible as far as market needs are concerned and to develop new products or services for their production. Information systems are a crucial part of Knowledge management referring to all the interactive technology needed to store and manage information. Farmers have a wide scale of possibilities to acquire knowledge in their daily decision making process within the farm.

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