AgMIP-USDA Data Harmonization Workshop

    May 11, 2015-May 15, 2015
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    USDA National Agricultural Library
    Beltsville, MD, USA

The objectives of this workshop were:

  1. Develop a prototype system to harmonize databases from two existing NIFA projects that will make data accessible and usable for multiple crop models and for statistical analyses
  2. Expand the AgMIP IT tools used to operate multiple crop models to include nitrogen and phosphorus inputs and outputs and to complete translators for at least two additional US-based cropping system models (e.g., among CROPSYST, EPIC, SALUS, and RZWQM)
  3. Develop and document metadata and minimum variables that should be included in harmonizing data in other USDA research areas (e.g., economics, dairy, beef and biofuels)
  4. Disseminate via peer-reviewed publications and other media the outputs of the workshop
  5. Develop recommendations for USDA that will lead to broader harmonization of data with capabilities for on-line publication of datasets

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) was a participant at this event.