OpenSAFELY for Sensitive Agricultural Data
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 2:00 pm UTC

Dear colleagues,

This is an invitation to a presentation on OpenSAFELY and a discussion on its implications for our work.

In the agricultural domain, household surveys and on-farm questionnaires are widely used to collect data for research. One of the challenges we face is in managing farmers' personal information. The medical sector has found a solution with OpenSAFELY to analyse health data without compromising patient anonymity, and there may be potential to learn from this approach for the agricultural context.

OpenSAFELY is a secure, transparent, open-source software platform for analysis of electronic health records data. All platform activity is publicly logged. All code for data management and analysis is shared under open licenses by default for scientific review and efficient reuse. OpenSAFELY can be deployed to create a Trusted Research Environment (TRE) alongside appropriate database, compute, governance, and administrative elements; or it can be deployed as a privacy-enhancing layer on any existing secure database or TRE. OpenSAFELY is currently deployed within the secure data centres of the two largest electronic health record providers in the NHS to support urgent research into the Covid-19 emergency.

In this webinar, we will use a short video of Ben Goldacre, joint principal investigator of OpenSAFELY to present an overview. Then, Jawoo Koo (IFPRI) will talk about the challenges in the agricultural domain that could be solved by an OpenSAFELY approach. Finally Pythagoras Karampiperis (SCiO Inc.) will discuss how CG Labs can offer a similar capacity, allowing data with PII to yield desired insights through analysis without sharing farmers’ information.

Advanced registration is required to participate to the webinar

Jawoo Koo
Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI
Co-founder of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture  Coordinator of the CGIAR Geospatial CoP

Pythagoras Karampiperis
Chief Executive Officer of SCiO

Jawoo Koo is a Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has more than 20 years of experience in multi-disciplinary geospatial datasets and integrated modeling analyses. Jawoo received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department in University of Florida, specializing in process-based crop modeling applications in smallholder systems in Africa. He co-pioneered the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture and coordinates the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information, a Community of Practice of geospatial scientists.

Dr. Pythagoras Karampiperis is an expert on Big Data Analytics, Semantic Web Technologies, Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Artificial Intelligence and has been involved in the conception, coordination and realization of more than 35 international and national projects, including the design and development of GARDIAN. He is the co-author of more than 70 publications in scientific books, journals and conferences with more than 1100 known citations (h-index: 18), as listed in Google Scholar.

Medha Devare
Module Lead
Céline Aubert
Communication coordinator
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