"Making location count"
Few activities are more tied to location, geography, and the geospatial landscape than agriculture. Agricultural science, business, and policy are themselves increasingly tied to quantitative data about crops, soils, water, weather, markets, energy, and biotechnology. Matching precision agricultural machinery with precision agricultural knowledge and promoting evidence-based sustainable agricultural practices are increasingly global concerns. Access to such knowledge involves sensing, validating, integrating, and analyzing ever larger scale geospatial data streams. Sharing and interoperability of agricultural data consistent with privacy, security, and business concerns is a challenge at every scale from local farm operations to regional markets, national policy development, and global resilience projects. The participants in the Summit intend to consider the sources and roles of critical agricultural data collections, starting with soils as the common medium that connects nutrients, water, crops, weather, and arable land to agricultural sustainability. The goal of the Summit is to identify geospatial contributions and collaborations on international agricultural data standards that will be critical to successful data sharing and integration practices.