The primary focus in the early years of the Platform is on getting CGIAR data resources organized and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The Platform is working on establishing the infrastructures, tools, and approaches to make CGIAR data visible and usable, and has developed FAIR Metrics and downloadable Guidelines for making data assets FAIR. It is also working with all 15 Centers to build capacity across the CGIAR system to effectively manage its valuable data resources.

GARDIAN, the Global Agricultural Research Data Innovation & Acceleration Network, is the CGIAR flagship data harvester. GARDIAN enables the discovery of publications and datasets from the thirty-odd institutional publications and data repositories across all CGIAR Centers to enable value addition and innovation via data reuse.

It employs text-mining to enrich the associated metadata to enhance discovery, and will soon test data mining techniques with cleaned, well-annotated datasets to enhance interoperability. Plans for GARDIAN include further demonstration of the value of interoperable data via seamless interactivity of discovered data with key analytical/visualization tools, including models and maps.


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About the Platform

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture aims to harness of big data capabilities to accelerate and enhance the impact of international agricultural research. This 5-year platform (2017 – 2021) provides global leadership in organizing Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data, convening partners to develop innovative ideas, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics through inspiring projects.

This is achieved by

  • enhancing collaboration across Centers, CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and partners to leverage state-of-the-art data standards, analytics and ICTs
  • enabling unrestricted discoverability of inter-linked data sets to understand and tackle multifaceted challenges in data and evidence-driven ways
  • leveraging CGIAR expertise with external partners to broaden and deepen experience and capacity and position CGIAR in the broader big data and ICT sphere to establish CGIAR as an innovative thought leader
  • developing initiatives using proven big data innovations to drive agricultural growth in developing countries

The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is implemented with support from the CGIAR Trust Fund and bilateral funding agreements.