Agri-Food Data Canada at the University of Guelph helps provide the tools needed to produce enough food for the growing human population while sustaining the ecosystems on which we depend for life.

By leveraging the power of leading-edge data science, agri-food research, and biodiversity science. Food from Thought will position Canada as a global leader in the development of innovative solutions that improve both the sustainability and productivity of food systems – local, regional and global.

Agricultural Systems for a Healthy Planet is a $76.6-million research investment in the University of Guelph from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. This initiative is a bold, transformative plan to create the tools needed to produce enough food for the growing human population while sustaining the ecosystems on which we depend for life.

Components

ADC supports the structure and unstructured data content. Establishing a consistent data classification. Enhancing data accuracy through metadata collection best practices. Promoting FAIR data through the Data Catalog, and Data Governance.
With Data Governance, data access is granted based on principles designed by those who understand the importance of research data and data protection, those who understand the importance of data for advanced analytics, and those who create the data.
Grants and Research Programs are geared at improving the core technologies around managing and processing Big Data Sets and speeding up scientific research with Big Data. ADC is changing the direction and speed of scientific research at the University of Guelph by letting people fine-tune their inquiries by tapping into gain data sets and performing highly complex analytical queries through Machine Learning and Data Science.

The University of Guelph is committed to empowering and catalyzing innovation within the agriculture and food sectors. With deep agriculture and food research, advanced computing and data strengths, and connections to leading private- and public-sector partners, the University of Guelph’s Food from Thought initiative is set to launch Agri-Food Data Canada (ADC), an innovation platform for Canada’s agriculture and food sectors. ADC seeks to enable broad access to world-leading curated research data with advanced analytics to create widespread opportunities for innovative partnerships (researchers, producers, government, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations).

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