PMK: Estonian Agricultural Big Data Conference

Time: 02.07.2019

Place: Kreutzwaldi 1a, Tartu, Estonia

Venue: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Assembly Hall, Kreutzwaldi St. 1a, Tartu, Estonia

Agricultural data project in Estonia

Our aim is to increase the availability, attractiveness and operability of the state-owned agricultural data in Estonia. In the first stage of the project (September 2018 – September 2019) a feasibility study will be conducted to evaluate the possibilities of creating a data platform that would be able to link the state-owned databases and provide related data-analytics functionality. A number of third parties and state bodies would be able to use the platform to develop applications needed by their customers (farmers, policy analysts, research groups, statisticians etc.). More than 40 relevant databases/datasources administrated by several government offices and universities will be analysed in the scope of the feasibility study. The study will include a description of the concept of the data platform together with the technical, legal and economic analyses and the roadmap for implementation in the further stages of the project.

A conference within the framework of the project: The aim of the conference is to introduce the results of the feasibility study, increase the knowledge base of the interested parties and discuss a number of key questions having an impact on the development of digital agriculture and data-exchange architecture between the state and private bodies:

  1.   What are the tasks of the state and the private sector in the field of digital agriculture?
  2.   The key principles in avoiding competition between the private and public sector in the development of the applications?
  3.   How to find balance between the interests of the public sector and the interests of farmers?
  4.   Which applications would need to be developed by the public sector to evaluate and decrease environmental pressure? Should farm record with respective database be developed by the state?
  5.    Which legal framework and (PPP-based?) business models are needed for the development of the data-exchange architecture?
  6.    Who owns the data in digital agriculture?

Language: Estonian and English are the official languages of the conference. Simultaneous translation will be provided


  • 9:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Welcoming words by the representative of Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs - Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development

  • 10:15 – 10:30 Welcoming words and introduction by the representative of Estonian Agricultural Research Centre  - Andrus Rahnu, Deputy Director General

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Valuing Data – how to manage and use data – Ott Velsberg, Government Chief Data Officer, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

  • 11:30 – 12:00 The European Commission's expectations on digital agriculture and, more specifically for FaST (Farm Sustainability Tool) – Isidro Campos-Rodriguez, Policy Officer in the European Commission, DG-AGRI

  • 12:00 – 12:30 How to protect the farmers` rights in digital agriculture? – Daniel Azevedo, Director of the Commodities and Trade team, Copa-Cogeca

  • 12:30 – 13:00 Digital tools for better policies in agriculture – Gwendolen DeBoe, Economist – Agriculture & Environment, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

  • 14:00 – 14:30 Farmers` expectations on agricultural big data system – Andres Oopkaup, Member of the Supervisory Board, The Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce

  • 14:30 – 15:30 Introduction of the outcomes of the Estonian Agricultural Big Data Project by project executors:

    • Overview of future agricultural big data system – Urmas Visse, project leader, Estonian Agricultural Research Centre

    • Description of planned services (benefits, roles of the stakeholders, legal aspects, proposals on economic model, etc) – Urmas Visse, Jaanus Põldmaa (EARC), Andres Lille, Martin Paukson (Tieto Estonia AS)

    • Prototypes in the user view (eAgronom`s example) – Stenver Jerkku, co-founder, E-Agronom OÜ

    • Solutions by Cropio using live data – Martin Paukson, project leader, Tieto Estonia AS

  • 15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion: What are the tasks of the state and the tasks of the private sector in the field of digital agriculture? How to find balance between the interests of the public sector and the interests of farmers? Who owns the data in digital agriculture? Moderated by Toomas Kevvai.

Project leader: Urmas Visse, +372 5623 8768,
Project coordinator: Maris Kruuse, + 372 5563 0001,
Long-term knowledge transfer programme in the field of agricultural big data is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Viimati muudetud: 31.07.2019

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