Agri-Tech East Big Data SIG: Bring out your Data, Rothamsted

Tue, 21/03/2017

Big Data SIG: “Bring Out Your Data”

Lawes Innovation Hub, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ

21 March, 2017

We often hear of farmers and agri-businesses who have huge data sets that they believe would give them real insights into their business, crop or livestock and land management practice, if only they had time or opportunity to interrogate and manage the data simply and easily. This workshop will explore the various options available to any agri-business looking for partners to help them make sense of their data. Most importantly, it will also help you frame the question you are hoping that your data can help answer.


Our aim is to help agri-businesses understand the options available for larger data sets that may require more work to derive better value. A number of providers will be featured who can, via confidential projects, offer solutions to manage and curate “big data” challenges, as well as helping to shape the challenges in the business that might be addressed by data solutions. This event will be a brokerage opportunity for those with challenges and possible solutions to meet.

Target Audience

This workshop is for farmers, growers, retailers and processors with significant data sets, and for academic and commercial data scientists with a variety of solutions to help make sense of them. It will explore the variety of options, over a range of timescales (3 months to 2 years) to enter into projects to help derive more value from your data.


Short “show-and-tell” presentations by three of Agri-Tech East’s leading members in data analytics – Agrimetrics, the Institute for Environmental Analytics and the Smith Institute. These scene-setting introductions will be followed by a case study in data use on farm from Patrick Joice of Uphouse Farm, one of the region’s leading specialist poultry producers. Following the presentations delegates can take part in short, private “clinics” to help understand in more detail how to get maximum value from their data.

We’ll be using our express networking format to give delegates 15 minutes each to sketch out the problem (farmers) and whether there is a solution available (providers) with the opportunity to follow up if appropriate after the event.

9.30 Arrival and registration, tea and coffee available
10.00 Introduction and welcome
10.10 A Big Data Centre of Excellence for Agri-Food David Flanders, CEO, Agrimetrics
10.30 Putting Environmental Data Analytics to Work Colin McKinnon, CEO, Institute for Environmental Analytics
10.50 Maths Meets Agriculture Cristina Sargent, Business Development Manager, Smith Institute
11.10 Case Study – Big Data in Action Patrick Joice, Uphouse Farm
11.30 Panel Discussion
11.50 Express networking
12.15 Break out clinics / lunch
13.30 Close and depart