Open Data Ag Research Topic of G-8 Meeting
April 26, 2013

Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as representatives from Japan, Uganda and Mozambique, will attend the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture April 29-30 in Washington. 
The conference will explore the role of open data in increasing agricultural production, improving private-sector growth and ensuring global food security. The United States and private-sector partners will announce newly opened and accessible data sets and innovators will present solutions that demonstrate the potential impact of sharing data. 
The official U.S. delegation will be headed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. 
Open data means that information is freely available to the public. In the case of food security research, open data would mean that scientists all over the world would have unrestricted access to relevant research, increasing the chances of beneficial innovations in the field. Hopes are that open data will help find solutions to alleviate or eliminate world hunger and malnutrition, which the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization estimates affects more than 870 million people worldwide. 
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