D2D CRC to develop Big Data Architecture for Australia’s Agriculture sector


Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) has recently partnered with 14 rural research and development corporations (RDCs) for a unique project aimed at exploiting big data opportunities for the Australian Agriculture industry. The project, Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture will see almost $1.4 million directed from the Rural R&D for Profit programme to this project.

The project is one of 17 successful projects announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, under round two of the Rural R&D for Profit programme. The project, led by Cotton Research and Development Corporation and including MLA, Dairy Australia, GRDC, SRA, RIRDC, AWI, HIA, APL, AGWA, FWPA, AMPC, LiveCorp, FRDC, Australian Farm Institute, CSIRO, Data 61, University of New England, Griffith University and University of the Sunshine Coast will design a solution for the use of big data in agriculture – increasing the profitability of producers, providing clarity about data ownership and access rights, and improving farming strategies. The project will also increase the adoption of new technologies by farmers and professionals to improve farm profits.

D2D CRC will draw upon its expertise developed in Big Data R&D for national security to lead the development of an Agriculture Data System architecture which will provide a common framework and guidance around the use of Big Data collection, storage and analysis in agriculture.

“The use of scalable and integrated Big Data technology to help producers better analyse their farm production data will play a key role in the success of the digital transformation currently underway in the Australian agricultural sector” said D2D CRC Lead, Andrew Skinner.

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme and will run until January 2018.