To date, two H2020 Innovation Actions, ATLAS and DEMETER (DT-ICT-08) and some other pre-existing more mature projects, IoF2020 IoT LSP, SmartAgriHubs and AgROBOFood (DT-ICT-02), for a total of 5+ projects all working in the agriculture sector, represent the “Agri-food Ecosystem” of OPEN DEI. OPEN DEI will integrate also the winner of the Call DT-ICT-09 from November 2020 onwards before considering complete its Ecosystem.
The mechanism of collaboration activated by OPEN DEI and the Ecosystem’s projects foresees on the one hand the set up and animation of Working Groups (WGs) on specific topics required by the projects themselves. Such WGs have to be intended as stable groups of people experienced in common issues which discuss among them along regular meetings for making emerge opportunities. OPEN DEI offers a support in practical terms for managing such inter-projects meetings and material exchange (rapporteur, repository, mailing list).
On the other side, exploiting the cross-domain nature of OPEN DEI Action, the main goal of OPEN DEI Agrifood Ecosystem is to populate with agrifood experts the leading community of targeted Task Forces (TFs) launched on specific topics, guided by experienced people from OPEN DEI Consortium, with different iterations which will include meetings, consensus meetings and a final strategic outcome (e.g. White Paper). With TFs, OPEN DEI intends to open a debate and collaborative work environment among cross-domain IAs where OPEN DEI can validate its original knowledge assets (Platform, Pilots, Ecosystem, Standards) in close co-operation with the representatives of the four domains, Agrifood included.
Agrifood domain is leaded by Tecnoalimenti , an Italian non profit research organisation active in the agri-food supply chain since almost 40 years, very close to farmers and food producers needs.