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Defra to make rich environmental data more accessible with Agrimetrics technology

Agri-TechE Article
Agrimetrics data marketplace
Agrimetrics linked-data connects data to geographic locations making it is easier to find relevant information

Defra is to modernise its data sharing services platform, and expand the usability of its data across the government and the public data marketplace, after signing anAgrimetrics agreement with Agrimetrics and Telespazio UK, a subsidiary of Telespazio (a joint venture between Leonardo [67%] and Thales [33%]) it has been announced.

The new data service will provide the next generation data marketplace which will help improve the wider reusability of Defra’s rich data for public use. AgrimetricsAgrimetricsThe agreement is in line with the government roadmap for digital and data, 2022 to 2025 (GOV.UK).

‍Defra collects a substantial amount of environmental data (including animal and plant health, farming, biosecurity and operational) critical to achieving its strategic objectives in helping wider Government, the commercial sector and stakeholders meet targets to protect and improve the environment.

By sharing its data, Defra can provide stakeholders with data and evidence to monitor change and inform future decision making and operational services which are critical for improving the environment and other Defra outcome priorities. Better data helps make better decisions, which will be vital in achieving the nation’s environmental improvements and the ambition of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

Data sharing services platform

The current Data Services Platform (DSP) serves 650 Defra Group partners, 300 contracting entities, about 13,000 individual users, and supported 1.8 billion Application Programming Interface calls in 2019-2021. Examples of key data sets provided are those of flood risk, bathing water quality, and fish populations.

David Flanders of Agrimetrics
David Flanders of Agrimetrics

DSP3 will exploit the existing Agrimetrics Data Marketplace platform to enable greater interoperability with other platforms and services to expand the usage of data and evolution of technical services. Combined with the service management and Agile development methodology experience of Telespazio UK, the team will bring a modern, resilient and intuitive linked data-centric offering to users.

‍‍Linked data technology enables connections between related data sets to be managed and optimised. This will ensure that all Defra data is truly discoverable and accessible, significantly enhancing the utilisation and social value delivered by use of the data with an expanding set of user communities.

Fellow Agri-TechE member Taylor Vinters supported with deal. Hugo Christie, Senior Associate in the Commercial and Technology team said: “We have supported Agrimetrics domestically and internationally for a number of years now, and it was great to support and work closely with the Agrimetrics team to achieve this ground breaking deal for them to deliver a next generation data platform to serve the UK on a long term basis.”

Agrimetrics CEO David Flanders said “The world needs quickly to link environmental data to business decisions to help us reach our global commitments for reducing and reversing our impact on the climate and biodiversity. Agrimetrics is excited to be working with Telespazio UK and Defra to deliver this programme at scale using our infrastructure and data expertise.”

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