April 2024

Celebrating World Earth Day!

At Horizon Europe Divine Project, we are proud to support sustainable agriculture and combat climate change through our innovative data-driven smart agriculture solutions. By harnessing the power of agridata sharing and processing, we are not only revolutionizing farming practices but also making significant strides towards a greener future.

Aligned with the EU sustainability strategies and GreenDeal objectives, DIVINE is dedicated to paving the way for a more sustainable agricultural sector. Our mission is clear: to establish robust pathways for transitioning towards a fully functional agri-data marketplace, underpinned by agri-aware, eco-conscious business models.

Through our 4 real-world pilots, we are harnessing agri-data to increase efficiency and minimize the environmental impact of food production. By embracing data-driven solutions, we are not just farming smarter — we are actively contributing to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

Let's cultivate together a brighter, more sustainable future for our planet. Happy Earth Day!

Horizon Europe Divine Project Partner Presentation at the SDS Conference 2024

Our esteemed partner Delia Milazzo from Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA delivered an enlightening presentation titled "Addressing Agricultural Data Management Challenges with the Enhanced TRUE Connector" during the "Data Science and Dataspaces: challenges, results, and next steps" session of the Statistics and Data Science (SDS) Conference 2024, which was organized by the Università degli Studi di Palermo, on April 11th and 12th.

This paper delved into crucial interoperability aspects addressed within the Horizon Europe Divine Project's Agricultural Data Spaces Ecosystem. Congratulations to all the authors: Sergio Comella, Delia Milazzo, Mattia Giuseppe Marzano, Giulia Antonucci, Susanna Bonura and Angelo Marguglio for their remarkable contributions.

Curious to learn more about how we are revolutionizing agricultural data management? Follow this link to gain more insights: https://gianluca-sottile.github.io/Statistics-and-Data-Science-Conference/invited3.html

Horizon Europe Divine Project's newsletter is out now

Exciting News! The first edition of the Horizon Europe Divine Project's newsletter is out now!

Dive into the project’s main objectives, expected outcomes, pilots' insights, and all the exciting activities we have conducted during the first year of the project.

Curious to learn more? Click the link below to explore the first edition of our newsletter and stay in the loop with our latest updates, as we move towards an enhanced agricultural data economy through agridata sharing!

https://divine-project.eu/newsletters/1/

March 2024

Horizon Europe Divine Project 5th plenary meeting

The 5th plenary meeting of the Horizon Europe Divine Project is underway! Our partners have gathered in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy, to embark on crucial discussions encompassing the latest updates, milestones achieved over the past months, and collaborative problem-solving to address ongoing challenges.

Earlier in the morning, we delved into the insightful feedback obtained from the first round of our pilots which is about to be completed. These insights will serve as the bedrock for enhancing our applications and services as we gear up for the forthcoming second round of our pilots, which is scheduled to launch in a few months.

Continuing our momentum, we embarked on an enlightening session centered around the DIVINE ecosystem architecture and its seamless technical integration, laying the groundwork for enhanced operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Over the next two days, our agenda promises very interesting discussions on various topics, including the DIVINE Agricultural DataSpaces Ecosystem, knowledge extraction from agridata, and the development of decision support systems, as well as governance models and policy making frameworks for agridata sharing.

Grateful to our partner CREA - Ricerca for hosting this strategic meeting and for facilitating remote participation for additional members of our consortium!

January 2024

Horizon Europe Divine Project featured in the latest issue of Irish Farmers Monthly

We couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2024, as Horizon Europe Divine Project has been featured in the latest issue of Irish Farmers Monthly!

In an insightful article, Professor Kevin McDonnell from University College Dublin delved into the transformative impact of the Horizon Europe Divine Project on the agricultural landscape, explaining how it can empower cereal farmers with cutting-edge digital tools for informed decision making. Professor Kevin McDonnell emphasized the shift from intuitive decision-making based on farmers' experience to leveraging digitized data. This transition could enable farmers to make optimal decisions, fostering increased efficiency, sustainability, and profitability in their operations.

In his words: "One example of research currently underway here is the DIVINE project – an EU-funded project looking at how we can develop a fully digital model for cereal production. This would then offer a tool that can be used by farmers/agronomists and researchers to better understand all the variables and options when managing the farm. So, if our head researcher at Lyons farm wanted to decide on which crop would be best to grow, he should be able to go through all the relevant data on a laptop – looking at soil terrain, crop varieties, weather conditions etc. – and be guided towards the best decision. We are trying to build the right tools to do that. This project involves walking through every single step of growing season, capturing the data and offering an interactive tool to help farmers use that information."

Curious to learn more? Read the full article here: https://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/3/12754/1130710/pub/html5.html

December 2023

Horizon Europe Divine Project presented at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference

Thrilled to announce that Horizon Europe Divine Project has been presented at the World Farmers' Organisation's stand during COP28 UAE – the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, held from November 30th to December 12th, 2023. The conference brought together negotiators from nearly 200 parties, world leaders, government representatives, and stakeholders with a shared goal: identifying global solutions to curb the rise in the global temperature and accelerate the green transition, ultimately achieving the Paris Agreement goals.

This year's COP was particularly noteworthy for its heightened focus on food and agriculture, underscoring its critical role in addressing the climate crisis. Our partner, World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), was there with over 70 farmer representatives collaborating in the Farmers’ Constituency. Together with their fellow farmers, they advocated for the crucial role of farmers in climatechange mitigation, pushed for increased global climate ambition in agriculture, and actively negotiated sustainable land management and food security. Their efforts substantially contributed to the Food Systems and Climate Action Agenda.

Natalia Lupi from World Farmers' Organisation took the opportunity to engage with hundreds of visitors at the WFO exhibition booth, showcasing the innovative solutions developed within the Horizon Europe Divine Project. More specifically, she shed light on the transformative power of agridata and the positive impact of boosting the data economy in agriculture to promote resilient and regenerative food production systems on the planet, nature, and the people. Farmers and other stakeholders in the agrifood sector who bear the brunt of the climate crisis were particularly interested in leveraging these data-centered approaches to mitigate climate change-induced damages.

Let's continue making a difference together!

Horizon Europe Divine Project in EU Agri-Food Days in Brussels

Exciting news from the EU Agri-Food Days in Brussels! On December 8th, Horizon Europe Divine Project was featured at the inaugural EUAgriFoodDays organized by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DGAGRI).

Our project coordinator, Ioanna Roussaki from ICCS - NTUA, and Alessandra Diana from FARM EUROPE showcased our transformative journey at the DIVINE booth, sharing insights into the value of agridata and our continuous efforts to boost the data economy in agriculture through digital interventions and innovative policies.

DIVINE booth became a hub of engagement, attracting a diverse audience, including farmers, policy makers, business leaders, analysts, and experts. It was heartening to witness the keen interest of visitors as they learned about our commitment to shaping the future of agriculture in the digitalization era. The positive feedback received and the opportunity to connect with attendees who specifically came to meet us were truly rewarding.

This event provided a fantastic platform to engage with stakeholders, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and spark inspiration for new ideas to revolutionize the agrifood sector. We look forward to the continued impact and the transformative journey ahead!

November 2023

Horizon Europe Divine Project presentation in the IEEE 9th World Forum on IοΤ

Soumya Kanti Datta, CEO of Digiotouch OU, presented the Horizon Europe Divine Project's Agricultural Data Spaces Ecosystem approach in the Cloud Computing Topical session of the IEEE 9th World Forum on Internet of Things (WFIoT2023), held from October 12th to 27th, 2023, in Aveiro, Portugal.

More specifically, he shed light on our project's vision, ecosystem, interconnected #dataspaces and technical architecture, highlighting some key technical challenges and targeted outcomes.

It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our commitment to advancing the agricultural field, and we're thrilled to contribute to the global conversation on IoT and cloud computing.

Our technical partners are putting in tremendous effort to provide the essential technical infrastructure. We are actively building the DIVINE Agricultural Data Space Ecosystem, implementing the required DataSpace protocol, developing predictive models, and extending the current agricultural Information Model

Horizon Europe Divine Project 4th plenary meeting

Exciting updates from the 4th plenary meeting of Horizon Europe Divine Project!

During our 2-day meeting, we discussed the milestones achieved so far, we delved into some lingering challenges, and identified ways to overcome them. With a clear vision in mind to boost the dataeconomy in agriculture, we defined our next steps and created a roadmap to achieve our strategic objectives.

Our four pilots have officially launched their activities and demonstrated some very promising preliminary results. Efforts are now intensified to support the running pilots, focusing on providing a 4-layer (technical, semantic, organizational, and legal) interoperability.

Our technical partners are putting in tremendous effort to provide the essential technical infrastructure. We are actively building the DIVINE Agricultural Data Space Ecosystem, implementing the required DataSpace protocol, developing predictive models, and extending the current agricultural Information Model.

Horizon Europe Divine Project at European Big Data Value Forum 2023

Horizon Europe Divine Project at EBDVF2023: “Data and AI in Action: Sustainable Impact and Future Realities”

Our partner Delia Milazzo, from Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA, had the honour of representing Horizon Europe Divine Project at the European Big Data Value Forum 2023 (EBDVF2023), hosted by the BDVA - Big Data Value Association in Valencia, Spain from October 25th to 27th.

This year's forum was centred around the theme of "Data and AI in Action: Sustainable Impact and Future Realities" gathering hundreds of diverse stakeholders, including but not limited to industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers from across Europe and around the globe.

Delia Milazzo delivered a compelling speech and gave a presentation entitled "Cultivating AgriFood Data Economy: ADSE Insights & Business Models", in the context of the "DataSpaces for enabling AI solutions in AgriFood" session. She shared valuable insights from the innovative information and business models, as well as the Agricultural Data Space Ecosystem employed within the Horizon Europe Divine Project.

The session fostered engaging discussions among technology providers, the farming community and other stakeholders, with a focus on the current landscape, rising opportunities, and driving forces towards supporting the European Data Strategy's objective of establishing a single data market.

It's a remarkable journey, and we're excited to be at the forefront of shaping the future of #agriculture through data-driven solutions. Stay tuned for more updates!

October 2023

Presentation of the DIVINE Project at the Synergy Days Conference

Last week, Horizon Europe Divine Project was successfully presented at the Synergy Days Conference, hosted by Smart Agri Hubs in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Our partner, Nikos Kalatzis from NEUROPUBLIC, delivered a compelling 3-minute pitch that highlighted DIVINEproject&39;s visionary goals and activities. We also seized the opportunity to amplify and promote collaboration with other related EU-funded projects, including but not limited to Agridataspace, Data4Food2030 and QuantiFarm.

Finally, our DIVINE booth attracted numerous stakeholders and digital innovators of the European agrifood sector. Visitors had the chance to get informed about our mission to boost the dataeconomy in agriculture and our efforts to revolutionize the agricultural sector by leveraging the power of agridata.

We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this transformation in the European agri-food sector and we can’t wait to continue making progress together towards it. Stay tuned for more updates!

September 2023

Discussion with EC project officers about the Deliverable 3.1

Fostering a Common European Agri Data Space!

Last week, core WP3 partners of the Horizon Europe Divine Project had the chance to engage in a productive discussion with EC project officers about the Deliverable 3.1 “Agricultural Data Space Ecosystem – Release 1”.

The main focus of the discussion was on:

  • Common Agricultural Data Model and Semantic Interoperability
  • Data Management and Integration
  • Data Transparency, Protection, Trust, Sovereignty, Traceability, and Usage Monitoring
  • Agricultural Data Space Ecosystem Development and Data Stakeholder Interaction

Both sides made interesting remarks and shared knowledge and experiences to further facilitate the creation of a Common European Agri Data Space and address the challenges that lie ahead.

August 2023

Divine - AgriDataSpace Joint Meeting

We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our successful collaboration with Agridataspace HorizonEurope CSA Project, which was launched in July 2023. On August 24th, our teams came together once again to identify targeted tasks for creating synergies, exchange invaluable knowledge and experience, and explore the potential of producing joint outputs.

Our bilateral discussions revolved around three key areas:

  • Business modeling, market analysis, and exploitation strategies
  • Data sharing governance models and policy making
  • Data innovation, digital strategies and frameworks

Both projects remain committed to our shared mission of strategically transforming the agriculture sector in Europe.

Stay tuned for more updates as our collaborative journey continues!

July 2023

Presentation of the Horizon Europe Divine Project at IEEECOINS 2023

Our project coordinator, Professor Ioanna Roussaki, chaired the Agriculture Vertical Track at the IEEE International Conference on Omni-Layer Intelligent Systems (IEEECOINS), which was held from July 23rd to July 25th, 2023, in Berlin, Germany.

There, she had the chance to present the vision and the main outputs of the Horizon Europe Divine Project.

She discussed various aspects of the project with the session participants, received very positive feedback and interesting remarks, while she had the chance to establish new links of DIVINE with related initiatives and research groups across the globe.

We are excited about the positive reception that our project received, and we hope that these new partnerships will strengthen DIVINE’s global impact.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Presentation of the Divine Project at the Agridataspace consortium

On July 12, our coordinator, Prof. Ioanna Roussaki, had the chance to present Horizon Europe Divine Project to the Agridataspace consortium. This milestone event marks the beginning of a promising collaboration with the AgriDataSpace Project.

In our first joint virtual meeting, we explored collaboration channels between the two projects, examining both technical and business perspectives. Representatives from DGAGRI and DGCNECT also participated in the discussion, highlighting the potential benefits of our joint efforts.

Both DIVINE and AgriDataSpace aim to leverage agridata to pave the way for transformations in the agricultural sector. DIVINE plans to demonstrate the value of agridatasharing to boost the dataeconomy in agriculture while AgriDataSpace is dedicated to building a European framework for the secure and trusted dataspace for agriculture.

We are thrilled about this new collaboration and the potential it holds for revolutionizing the agricultural industry. Stay tuned for more updates as we are scheduling our next joint meeting!

Presentation of the Divine Project at the online gymnasium of the World Farmers' Organisation

On July 4, our partners Anil Turkmayali (International Data Spaces Association), Giulia Antonucci (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA), and Alessandra Diana (FARM EUROPE) presented the Horizon Europe Divine Project at the online gymnasium of the World Farmers' Organisation. Together, they shed light on the immense power of datasharing, dataspaces, and IDS in revolutionizing the agriculture industry.

The session was interactive, fostering engagement with young farmers through a survey. The key findings of this survey are the following:

  1. Farmers require technical support and guidance to facilitate data sharing.
  2. Farmers seek assistance in leveraging and maximizing the value of their data.
  3. Farmers emphasize the significance of accessing high-quality data within a dataspace, as well as the need for an effective mechanism to assess and ensure data quality.

We are committed to addressing these needs and empowering farmers on their digital journey. Together, let's continue leveraging the transformative capabilities of data to drive positive change in the agriculture sector!

June 2023

DIVINE Project 3rd Plenary Meeting in Talinn, Esthonia

The 3rd plenary meeting of the Horizon Europe Divine Project was successfully held in the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia.

Our dedicated partners united forces, making final preparations for the highly anticipated launch of the DIVINE pilots, which are aimed at demonstrating the value of agridata sharing.

Shout-out to our amazing host, Digiotouch OU, for their exceptional hospitality and support throughout the event!

DIVINE Project in EU AgriResearch Conference 2023

Our project coordinator, Professor Ioanna Roussaki, represented Horizon Europe Divine Project at the 2023 EU AgriResearch Conference, which took place in Brussels on 31 May – 1 June. There, she had the chance to promote the work of DIVINE and initiate collaboration with other Horizon Europe projects, such as AgriDataSpaces.

The session on "Digital and Data technologies in agriculture: R&I for sectoral transformation" was of particular interest providing valuable insights into the main research and innovation needs and opportunities in the agriculture sector, as well as the respective barriers and challenges in place that need to be addressed. The implementation of a Common European Agricultural DataSpace is planned and DIVINE has already started preparing related outputs to support this initiative.

May 2023

DIVINE Project in WFO General Assembly 2023

Representatives from Horizon Europe Divine Project attended WFO General Assembly 2023 in Sun City, South Africa and engaged with hundreds of farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture, mainly from the private sector and the media.

Throughout the WFOGA2023, we had the chance to showcase our DIVINE project's vision and preliminary results, demonstrating how data-driven approaches can significantly enhance farming outcomes and mitigate climate change.

Special thanks to all the attendees for their keen interest and positive feedback and of course, to World Farmers' Organisation for organizing such an impactful event.

April 2023

DIVINE Meeting with Commission and REA on Wed 19/4/2023

On Wed 19/4/2023, the Horizon Europe Divine Project was presented to EC policy officers from DGAgri and DGCNect units. We had a fruitful discussion on several aspects related to our proposed agricultural dataspace ecosystem, including but not limited to:

  • Means to boost the agridata economy
  • Targeted types of data and dataspaces under our radar
  • Incentives to farmers for datasharing and
  • mapping to policy needs and legislative requirements

Finally, we explored potential opportunities arising from cooperations with other sister projects.

February 2023

Second Project Meeting in Palermo, Italy

The 2nd Plenary Meeting of the DIVINE project was successfully held in Palermo, Italy, on 22-23 February, 2023. Two intense days full of discussions, progress reporting, task alignment and planning of future activities to achieve the ultimate goal of boosting the Data Economy in Agriculture through AgriData sharing.

November 2022

Project presentation at EU Synergy Workshop

Representatives from DIVINE attended a recent technical workshop in Brussels focused on ‘Research and Innovation in Agricultural data – achieving synergies, mapping achievements, knowledge gaps and potentials’. The event was organised jointly by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), and the Directorate‑General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

The workshop took place in Brussels on 16 and 17 November 2022. The main objectives were to:

  • Take stock of R&I achievements in the field of agricultural data;
  • Map planned R&I activities in the field of agricultural data and achieve synergies between projects, and
  • Identify R&I needs to exploit the potential of data and data technologies for agriculture and policy monitoring.

DIVINE project coordinator, Professor Ioanna Roussaki (ICCS), and WP6 Leader, Szabolcs Zoldreti (Farm Europe), presented the project and initiated collaboration with related projects.

October 2022

June 2022

DIVINE participates in IOT WEEK 2022

DIVINE participated in IoT Week 2022 which took place in Dublin, Ireland from June 20-23rd. The IoT Week is a 4 day conference where leaders from the worlds of business, technology, science and academia shed light on the future of technology and its impact on business and life. Representatives from around the world attended over 135 sessions which took place across various sectors.

DATA WEEK 2022

Presentation of the DIVINE project.
DIVINE vision toward Data Economy: Ioanna Roussaki - NTUA (DIVINE coordinator)