Agricultural big data: utilisation to discover the unknown and instigate practice change

Bennett, John McLean (2015) Agricultural big data: utilisation to discover the unknown and instigate practice change. Farm Policy Journal, 12 (1). pp. 43-50. ISSN 1449–2210

Abstract

This short discussion paper considers the current agricultural extension shortfalls and considers how agricultural big data might be used to change the way unknown on-farm issues are identified and managed. The premise being that if unknown issues are brought to light on an individual basis, and potential solutions discussed within trusted networks, that this will enhance the incidence of practice change. Knowledge is discussed in terms of that which is known and that which is not, with the discussion focused on the use of data to help realise unknown knowledge and thus determine on-farm issues, as well as predict cause and effect. The paper draws on the concepts of big data and networked learning to provide a base model on which digital platforms might operate to provide efficiencies in the on-farm decision-making process, as well as enhance the power of those decisions.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 06:32
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: farmers; graziers; agricultural forums; issues; work practices; change management
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26958

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