OADA Can Help Simplify Big Data
The OADA community is building a set of open API’s for securely using data with the cloud.
Aaron Ault, Project Lead at the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA), spoke with Managing Editor Susan Winsor of the Corn and Soybean Digest about the current disconnect with data in agriculture, as well as how OADA can help farmers manage data and make it work for them, and help with the tasks farmers need help with. Aaron is a full time farmer based in Fulton County, Indiana and part time Senior Research Engineer working with Professors Jim Krogmeier and Dennis Buckmaster of the Open Ag Technology and Systems Group at Purdue University.
The OADA community is building a set of open API’s for securely using data with the cloud. Anyone can use these API’s in their own cloud systems, and if they pass the same software tests as the open reference implementation, they will be considered technically compliant. The organization founded in America’s Heartland doesn’t set for the privacy or sharing policies rather it supports clear understandings with stakeholders and the technical platform to support those agreed practices.
Corn and Soybean Digest, a Penton Agriculture publication, helps farmers think different as they cover profitable corn and soybean production, technology, conservation and marketing information. Susan Winsor is a managing editor at Penton Media and a long career in Agricultural Journalism starting with a degree in this field from Colorado State University.
The OADA API is intended to serve as a specification for all providers that desire to be OADA compliant. This API does not attempt to define or enforce a single industry data standard. The goal of this API is to enable interoperability between the many precision Ag software systems and existing industry data types. By providing an extensible API that focuses on information exchange and facilitates data transformations an open heterogeneous environment that supports many legacy, current, and future data formats can be embraced.