Agrimetrics: Putting the UK at Heart of the Big Data Revolution in Agriculture

In the next 20 years, the global food system will face challenges that are unprecedented in the history of agriculture – along with unprecedented opportunity to nations and organizations best equipped to meet them.

This month’s Budget announcement of £12 million funding for the Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability, now called Agrimetrics, is another milestone for the Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy – enabling our food to be produced more efficiently and sustainably while creating jobs and growing the UK economy.

Agrimetrics was proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners, led by Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). It will provide a one-stop-shop for businesses, universities and research organizations to exploit these potential opportunities.

Agrimetrics will promote an open-data policy that will maximize the availability and sharing of data amongst stakeholders. Its core will be a data science and modelling platform providing a single portal to all publicly available and pre-competitive industry data relevant to the whole food system.



Agrimetrics: putting the UK at heart of the big data revolution in agriculture

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