How might technology rise to the challenge of data sharing in agri-food?

Durrant, A., Markovic, M., Matthews, D., May, D., Leontidis, G. and Enright, J. (2021) How might technology rise to the challenge of data sharing in agri-food? Global Food Security, 28, 100493. (doi: 10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100493)

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Data sharing is often hindered by a number of real word challenges caused by a mixture of technological and social factors. To date, the agri-food sector significantly lags behind other sectors in overcoming these challenges. However, the benefits of data sharing are too great to be ignored as they have a potential to address many historical failings such as issues related to food safety, traceability and transparency, and must be carefully considered as the sector is undergoing a widespread digitalisation. In this article, we explore the potential of different technologies in addressing the challenges presented by data sharing in the agri-food sector, and how the use of these technologies in the narrative of a Data Trust may address many of these obstacles. We argue the importance of utilising semantic web technologies, distributed ledger technologies, machine learning, and privacy preserving technologies to enable future transformative data sharing infrastructures in the agri-food sector. The utilisation of holistic statistical analysis of the shared data is also discussed, vital in supporting many of the sectors optimisation and sustainability goals.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by an award made by the UKRI/EPSRC funded Internet of Food Things Network+ grant EP/R045127/1.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Durrant, Mr Aiden and Enright, Dr Jessica
Authors: Durrant, A., Markovic, M., Matthews, D., May, D., Leontidis, G., and Enright, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Global Food Security
ISSN (Online):2211-9124
Published Online:16 January 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V.
First Published:First published in Global Food Security 28: 100493
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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