About the The Agricultural Research Data Network (ARDN)
ARDN is a network of datasets which can be harmonized and aggregated using a common vocabulary and format through the use of annotations. Datasets in ARDN are connected by a common protocol for annotating data which allows these datasets, in their raw format, to be interpreted in an automated way. The goal of ARDN is to create a distributed network for harmonized crop systems research data and to make these data available through existing data portals such as USDA’s Ag Data Commons and CGIAR’s GARDIAN.
ARDN data providers have data that they wish to make available to researchers in a format that can be interpreted in an automated way. ARDN tools assist these users to “ARDN-ize” their data thereby making these datasets reusable. End users of ARDN data make use of the interoperability of these datasets and can download, combine, and transform the data into formats that can be used in modeling applications, data analytics, meta-analyses, and other quantitative uses. Currently ARDN contains mainly agronomic research data and does not (yet) include data from other agricultural domains such as livestock, pest and diseases, aquaculture, socioeconomics, or genetics. ARDN is mainly developed for quantitative data that are used in modeling and analytics. We hope that in the future, datasets are collected from the field using standardized vocabularies and ontologies so that the ARDN data annotation method is no longer needed. But until then, we offer these interoperability hacks!
For more information, please visit https://agmip.github.io/ARDN/.
Development of ARDN infrastructure was funded by: