Robert Allen of Greenvale AP is co-chair of the Agri-Tech East Big Data SIG, which has two events scheduled for this autumn.
He says: “The first will look at the important issue of data visualisation (29th September) and the second will be a practical workshop on tools and methods for data analysis (24th November).
After the flood making information beautiful
To survive in a complex world humans have evolved the skill to extract information quickly from patterns. This ability is exploited by infographics, graphics that display data as pictures. Familiar examples include the London Underground map, which supports navigation, and the Met Office maps, which allow weather prediction.
After the flood is now taking this type of data visualisation to a new dimension with artificial intelligence. It takes insights from multiple interactions (people-machine and machine-machine) and displays the findings as deceptively simple dashboards.
The “hackathon” concept has been used in the IT industry for some time to bring together technical experts around a key problem facing a business or sector, and engaging in a super-focused effort (or “sprint”) over a day, weekend or longer, to come up with some answers.
And we think it’s time to do some hacking and sprinting to generate new solutions for agriculture and horticulture.