Join our Platform Initiative Introduction to the Platform and Its Community

Our Project is dedicated to achieving seamless data and service interoperability within the agri-food sector. This is achieved through the development of open data models, ontologies, architectural approaches for data and service management, marketplace services, and robust access and user management mechanisms. This enables the smooth exchange of data across the entire agrifood chain, facilitating the integration of various technologies and encouraging collaboration. This results in innovative and cost-effective solutions centred around a digital agri-food Platform.

The Platform is a versatile portal with multiple features, built on Agriculture Information Model (AIM). This Platform can be deployed and customized in various regions or countries simultaneously. The entry point to the Platform is SOCS, which hosts collaboration spaces like blogs, discussions, events, documents, wikis, organizations, and co-creation. SOCS directs users to other applications such as the Enabler Hub (DEH). DEH serves as a digital catalogue where providers can register and manage their AIM compliant resources (components, services, data sources, devices, platforms), and consumers (developers or technically capable end users) can browse and find suitable resources that match their requirements.

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AIM is a data model and ontology that describes all the data needed by our Project applications. Its usage ensures semantic interoperability between data and various components. AIM is currently in the process of being adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) through the OGC AIM SWG Standards Working Group.

Benefits of Operating the Platform for Your Organization

Operating the Platform requires an organization with the technical and human infrastructure capable of hosting Platform components, generating content, building a community (on both the demand and supply sides), and offering Platform services. Becoming a Platform operator offers several advantages:

  • Business opportunities: you will lead an ecosystem of interoperable services, ensuring component stability, lowering implementation costs, and mitigating vendor lock-in risk. In a subsequent phase, you can open your community and services to other suppliers and service providers, turning them into collaborators and Platform members.
  • Profit generation: the sources of revenue include membership fees, sales commissions, premium services for farmers, and sponsored content.
  • Reputable brand: you can establish a reputable brand in the agri-tech community by leading a recognized portal and community built around AIM, which is in the process of being adopted by OGC.

As the Platform Operator, You’ll Provide Valuable Benefits to Both Demand and Supply Sides

For the demand side:

  • Farmers: they can find suitable providers to develop custom solutions by accessing our supplier members and submitting their requirements.
  • Technicians and digital service consumers: they can easily find compatible components, often open source, to replace problematic modules within their solutions through the enablers’ catalogue (DEH).
  • Farmers: they can reduce input costs and increase productivity by collaborating with solution providers in the co-creation process facilitated by SOCS. Providers benefit from an ecosystem of interoperable components that are easy to install or replace if needed, ensuring interoperability and avoiding vendor lock-in.
  • Tech dealers and other experts: they can collaborate with solution providers to develop solutions in the co-creation process for their customer farmers.

For the supply side:

  • Tech dealers and digital service providers: they can promote their products within their regions by sponsoring local events organized by the operator.
  • Digital service providers: they can sell services associated with their enablers advertised in the Project Platform catalogue. They benefit from the compatibility, modularity, synergies, and low implementation cost of the ecosystem. Enablers need to be adapted to AIM by the service providers.
  • Experts and service providers: they can discover additional business opportunities by subscribing to the Platform’s supply community. They can match with farmers interested in custom solutions and leverage the SOCS app and the interoperable components for cost-effective collection of requirements and implementation.
  • Support for service providers: the Platform supports the adaptation of enablers to AIM through documentation and regular webinars, providing support to service providers.
  • Advanced product development: service providers can develop more sophisticated products by utilizing the Platform’s capacity to execute specific models or data based on parameters specified by the user, resulting in more efficient and accurate applications. This feature is provided by BSE, a core component of our Platform.
  • Enhanced reputation: service providers can obtain feedback and enhance their reputation by adapting their enablers to AIM and registering them in the Platform catalogue at an early stage.

Finally, the Platform helps both the supply and demand sides stay updated about precision farming trends and get advice by being subscribed to the platform blog and being part of the a community where local events can be organized.