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How wonderful was Linked Open Data Workshop

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The Linked Open Data Workshop in Berlin Germany on 27th to 28th September 2017 was attended by a number of delegates, representatives of different Organisations, academicians, students, policy makers and many others.

The workshop was set out to build participants understanding of combining the technology of globally linked data with the philosophy of free access to information to support the global food security as well as promoting economic and social benefits within  agriculture and nutrition sectors.

The goals of this workshop were to;

  • Determine data demand and supply
  •  Exchange failure and success stories
  •  Discuss on applications and usage (potential and realized)
  •  Develop options for further actions (political and technical)

This was a two-day professional workshop targeting at an international audience with impulse lectures by experts and discussion sessions. Both days included a two-track program with parallel sessions. One track was about policy implementation, focusing on the country and organization level, e.g. data ownership and data rights, investment in information, while the other track covered the cutting edge technology such as new applications and services.

The main purpose of this workshop was to promote the application of technology in the agricultural sector and to initiate the development of platforms for international research cooperation.

The workshop segments included Research data sharing, Data Visualization, Navigation and search, Data Availability and security, Vocabularies, classifications and thesauri, Data models, Earth observation and remote sensing, Open Geo data, Applications in livestock farming, Supply and chain traceability, Monitoring and documentation.

KTBL organized this event in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Global Open Data Initiative (GODAN) and the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

 

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LIFI Verses WIFI Technology: Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp

LIFI© Provided by AFP The Li-Fi technology uses the frequencies generated by LED lights to beam information through the air

Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp — that is the promise of Li-Fi, featuring Internet access 100 times faster than Wi-Fi with revolutionary wireless technology.

French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the technology at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, in Barcelona. As soon as a smartphone was placed under an office lamp, it started playing a video.

The big advantage of Li-Fi, short for “light fidelity”, is its lightning speed.

Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of over 200 Gbps — fast enough to “download the equivalent of 23 DVDs in one second”, the founder and head of Oledcomm, Suat Topsu, told AFP.

“Li-Fi allows speeds that are 100 times faster than Wi-Fi” which uses radio waves to transmit data, he added.

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