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Thursday, September 21 • 09:30 - 10:30
Towards Big Data Architecture for the CGIAR

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Imagine for a moment you are President of Avianca Airlines.  You probably do not spend much of your time thinking about specific data technologies--yet you know full well, say, that there is a system for frequent fliers that must interoperate with the baggage and check-in systems if your firm is to be fully effective as an airline.  

The purpose of information architecture is to enable execution against the strategy of the enterprise.  We must be able to understand it as a practical vision and in functional terms without having to be an engineer or a system architect to discuss it.     Our panelists represent significant bioinformatics platforms, global approaches to computing and storage infrastructure, and data science--and we are going to ask them in some sense to not talk about technology.  Instead are going to ask them to talk about functions and capabilities that we want to build, how these can reinforce each other in a functional vision for global, multi-stakeholder, public-good digital infrastructure that would enable and support the strategies of CGIAR centers and their partners, the CGIAR network, and the sector  as a whole. 

How can we accommodate an array of languages, stakeholders, infrastructure environments and legal regimes?  What key capabilities or business functions should an architecture support?  What might be common, collaborative, or federated approaches to data architecture and systems that can help the CGIAR and public, private and non-profit partners fulfill their missions?  What kinds of infrastructure, data sets, services or skills must be invested in in light of these needs?

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Brian King

Head of Digital and Data Innovation Accelerator, CGIAR
Brian King leads the Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, a global program of the CGIAR consortium centered on digital transformation of food systems worldwide. He has designed and led programs leveraging successive waves of digital technologies for the social and economic transformations... Read More →


nora castaneda

Genesys Catalog Coordinator, Global Crop Diversity Trust
Nora works with the Genesys Catalog of Phenotypic Datasets project, monitoring and supporting partner institutions to develop data publication procedures, to implement standards that ensure data interoperability and to publish phenotypic datasets on the Genesys Catalog. Her areas... Read More →
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Sander Janssen

Team Lead Earth Informatics, Wageningen UR
Sander Janssen Ph.D., is leading a research team Earth Observation and Environmental Informatics at Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. He dedicates his scientific career to cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration required for achieving impacts... Read More →

Kostas Kastrantas

Senior Solutions Architect, Agroknow
Kostas Kastrantas is co-founder and partner of Agroknow. He holds a diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2002). He also holds a MSc. on eLearning from the University of Piraeus, Greece (2007). Kostas has a long working record in research and academic settings with teams specializing in educational repositories and e-learning applications, and strong experience in developing Web-based applications and online ontology-based and metadata applications... Read More →

Kelly Robbins

Assistant Professor, Cornell
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Jim Wilgenbusch

Director of Research Computing, University of Minnesota
Jim is the Senior Associate Director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), where he helps define MSI's High Performance Computing (HPC) and cyberinfrastructure research agendas and oversees the daily operations of the institute. In addition to his responsibilities related... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2017 09:30 - 10:30 GMT-05
Kellogg Auditorium CIAT HQ, Cali, Colombia