The Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA) is an open source project. It’s a group of like-minded individuals and companies that have a common vision for where they like to see things go. It’s written code that’s freely available for people to take and use, whether it’s apps or libraries.
“Everyone dealing with data on the ground are the ones who need to drive the conversation of how data should work in the future,” says Aaron Ault, farmer and project lead at OADA. “With an open source model, the farmer can be a part of that discussion, so the pieces built apply to real people on the ground.”
Ault spoke with Managing Editor Susan Winsor about the current disconnect with data in agriculture, as well as how OADA can help farmers manage data and make it work for them, and help with the tasks farmers need help with.