Open AgFarms

Open AgFarms

Open, shareable, and accessible. A Collabriculture Project

Current Project: Mapping the McLaren Vale Wine Region

Project Delivery: Platfarm
Project Initiators: McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA)
Project Funders: Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia (PIRSA) - AgTech Growth Fund
Project Partners and in-kind support: Various, including Wine Australia and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Project Dates: July 2022 - March 2023

This grant specifically funds mapping of:

  • vines
  • vine row numbers
  • row groupings into blocks
  • block grape varieties
  • Sustainable Wine Australia (SWA), Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) compliance features

About Open AgFarms

Open AgFarms is a Collabriculture Project helping farmers to realise the potential of digial maps.

It is through interoperability, accessible mapping resources, and a shared vocabulary that our whole sector will thrive; but failing to centre farmer convenience and choice in our approach will waste their time, hold them back, and burn trust.

Accurate digital maps are the critical building block for agtech, transforming the wealth of data being collected and curated for and about farms into something that farmers can put to practical use. Yet it is accurate mapping of vineyards that keeps coming up as a critical blocker to agtech onboarding, adoption, and innovation in the sector: this is a message that came through loud and clear in the first round of Collabriculture sessions, and which has been reinforced since in discussions with our industry partners and with growers. 

Working from a deep commitment to global open geospatial standards to ensure that farmers have unmediated access to maps of farms, Platfarm’s objective with the Collabriculture Project has been to advance us all towards the goal of vineyard mapping that is commonplace, standardised, and 'FAIR': Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

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