Launch of OADA supports farmer/data privacy
“OADA will work to ensure farmers can move their data seamlessly and securely between their equipment, software and services by speeding the development of technical standards for data formatting and interoperability that will be openly developed, and shared,” said David Friedberg, The Climate Corporation’s CEO, who announced the company’s intent to support the formation of the OADA in an announcement earlier this year. “In addition, OADA will work to provide the technology capabilities necessary to support security and privacy rules that farmers and community groups need in order to ensure that farmer data is wholly respected and protected by all software and organizations the farmer selects. Central to the alliance’s work is the guiding principle that each farmer owns data generated or entered by the farmer, their employees or by machines performing activities on their farm.”
Aaron Ault has joined OADA as the project lead. Ault is senior research engineer for the Open Ag Technology Group at Purdue and a farmer himself. “I’m very pleased to be facilitating the open standards software development in OADA, which I view as a natural extension of the work we have done in Purdue’s Open Ag Technology Group,” Ault said. “As a farmer, I need the freedom to select the right hardware, software and services for my operation. The open standards of OADA will give farmers the flexibility and control they need to choose data science products and services that will work on their farms to help manage their data and make more data-driven decisions, enabling the next wave of agricultural production.”
The Open Ag Technology Group’s work at Purdue combines the academic disciplines of agricultural and biological engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science to research all elements of agricultural technology, from mobile and cloud applications to farm machinery. The group has been supported by individual farms, the agriculture industry, and the USDA-NIFA through several grants. Professors Jim Krogmeier and Dennis Buckmaster co-lead the group and support their involvement in OADA. “For farmers to be able to take full advantage of the value their data can provide to their farming operations, they need to have the ability to use that data across multiple platforms. We’re pleased that Purdue’s Open Ag Technology Group will be involved in the furthering of an open standards technology project that gives farmers security and choice in the marketplace,” Krogmeier said.