Attendants at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture in Washington, D.C. held on Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 were able to view live Twitter feeds via a monitor in the auditorium. The conference launched a new 'virtual community' of Food, Agriculture, and Rural data on Data.gov-the U.S. Government's data sharing website-to catalogue America's publicly available agricultural data and increase the ability of the public to find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. The data community features a collection of more than 300 newly cataloged datasets, databases, and raw data sources related to food, agriculture, and rural issues from agencies across the U.S. Government. In addition to the data catalog, the virtual community shares a number of applications, maps and tools designed to help farmers, scientists and policymakers improve global food security and nutrition. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 28, 2014
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