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The Farm 2 Fly Program is the newest program to join the Ag Data Commons, with their Feedstock Readiness Level (FSRL) Evaluations. The FSRL is a communication tool for evaluating production, market, and policy maturity of feedstocks for a particular use, specifically, alternative fuel production technologies. Visit the Farm 2 Fly program page and browse some of the evaluations they have published so far. Also included is a FSRL Checklist and Report Template for performing a feedstock evaluation, as well as examples of a complete checklist and report to show what is expected. Instructions for performing an evaluation are located in the first sheet of the template.

The 2016 Evaluations Summary Table compiles the ratings for various feedstocks and can be visualized in a customized graph form on the data resource page for that dataset.

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We are excited to welcome the Farm 2 Fly Program to the Ag Data Commons!

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The Ag Data Commons was one of the open data products announced by the US Department of Agriculture at the recent 2016 Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition summit. A team from the National Ag Library demonstrated our data repository along with a number of other NAL-related data systems in an exhibit for GODAN attendees.

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Ag Data Commons recently published its 200th dataset with many more in the pipeline. The repository/registry is becoming an important part of the agricultural/environmental information ecosystem. We now house open data for a number of recently published articles, for example:

  • Knaus, Brian; Tabima, Javier; Judelson, Howard; Niklaus Grünwald (2015). Data from: Genomic analyses of dominant US clonal lineages of Phytophthora infestans reveals a shared ancestry for US11 and US18 and a lack of recently shared ancestry for all other US lineages. Ag Data Commons.

  • Evans, Jay D. (2016). Data from: Transcriptomic and functional resources for the Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida, a worldwide parasite of honey bees. Ag Data Commons.

In addition, new studies are beginning to cite datasets in Ag Data Commons:

The continued growth and adoption of Ag Data Commons for researchers to deposit, curate, share, and reuse data is a reflection of the standards-based, open data approach built into the system.

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Ag Data Commons was highlighted in several sessions of the biennial United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) meeting held April 25-27, 2016 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We presented An overview of the Ag Data Commons: a new USDA catalog and repository for agricultural research data and offered two posters, including "Comparing Metadata Across Disciplinary and Institutional Data Repositories: Lessons for Good Data Publishing Solutions" with colleagues from Purdue University and Johns Hopkins University.

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We have added new and improved features to the Ag Data Commons, including:

  • The ability to download a single zipped file containing all the resource files and metadata for a given record
  • Cloning of datasets for convenient duplication of datasets with similar fields
  • The option to add multiple points and / or polygons to the map
  • The ability to add multiple program and bureau codes to a single record

Check back regularly to see the latest additions and features to the Ag Data Commons!

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On February 17, Ursula Pieper gave a presentation at the Using Open Source in Your Institution (NISO Virtual Conference) hosted by NISO - the National Information Standards Organization, which highlighted some of the work done on open source projects at the National Agricultural Library in conjunction with the Ag Data Commons.

Download and view the slide deck used during her presentation titled Yes, It Can Be Done! Open Source Based Web Sites at the National Agricultural Library.


USDA will be conducting a virtual listening session to solicit input on policies for public access to federally funded agricultural research data. The listening sessions should be of particular interest to stakeholders who have an interest in Ag Data Commons and other projects. These stakeholders include federally funded researchers, industry scientists, producers, universities, libraries, publishers, users of federally funded research results, and civil society groups. For more information on public access to scholarly publications and digital scientific data policy development and implementation plans, visit

Meeting details are below; please follow the link to the press release for more detailed information on how to participate.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scientific data

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From the National Agricultural Library Weekly Report (October 20, 2015): "NAL's Ag Data Commons launches improved prototype site. NAL’s Knowledge Services Division launched the latest beta version of the Ag Data Commons at Ag Data Commons is designed to help the USDA research community comply with directives that federally funded research products shall be freely available to the public. It aims to make research data highly discoverable and usable and complements the Library’s other agricultural information management products and services. Among the new features are: a redesigned home page with news, the ability for USDA-funded researchers to register and submit data, links to the published literature, filters for funding sources, and pages highlighting data from programs such as the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research initiative, the LCA Commons, and the Veterinary Pest Genomics Center."

Congrats to the ADC Team!

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We’ve added 104 new datasets to our registry! These records are from the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network. The LTAR network consists of 18 research sites across the U.S. that have been collecting large quantities of data for an average of 50 years each. See the LTAR program page for more information, and to browse all the new datasets.

Photo by Wally Wilhelm. Retrieved September 28, 2015 from

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We are pleased to announce a new program page for the Veterinary Pest Genomics Center on Ag Data Commons. The Veterinary Pest Genomics Center (VPGC) is an initiative within the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The vision for this initiative is to leverage big data solutions to evaluate risk from, and develop mitigations for invasive veterinary pests.

Visit the program page for more information on the Center, and to browse all related datasets. Even more resources are coming soon, so stay tuned!