Digital Europe Programme explained: the data space for agriculture


As part of the Digital Europe Programme, the European Commission aims to set up common European Data Spaces. These data spaces will each have a specific sectoral focus. In a series of news pieces, we will showcase each of those sectoral data spaces. In this article, we dive into the data space for agriculture.

In general, the data spaces will connect currently fragmented and dispersed data from various ecosystems, from the private and public sectors. They will offer an interoperable, trusted IT environment for data processing, and a set of rules of legislative, administrative, and contractual nature that determine the rights of access to and processing of the data.

The main goal for the data space for agriculture is to build a secure and trusted space for sharing and accessing data in a transparent manner, and thereby support the economic and environmental progress of the agriculture sector. The space may also serve common good purposes and will enable stakeholders to share, process, and analyse production data, open data, and possibly other public data (e.g. soil data). Combining production data with publicly held data will present new opportunities for monitoring and optimising the use of natural resources and will help achieve the objectives of the EU Green Deal and the Common Agricultural Policy.

In terms of outcomes and deliverables, this data space will provide:

  • An inventory of existing platforms sharing data relevant for agriculture (public and private),
  • A proposed design approach based on scenarios with corresponding business models,
  • A multi-stakeholder governance scheme specific to the sector,
  • A blueprint for the data space including an architecture considering common building blocks,
  • Interim results to inform the development of the implementation action to be supported under the next Work Programme,
  • Input to the work of the Data Spaces Support Centre.

Curious to learn more? Access the Digital Europe Programme

Stay tuned for the next news piece on the data space for cultural heritage.

Digital Europe Programme explained: the data space for agriculture
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