Webinar: Farmers'rights on data and ownership issues


Webinar: Farmers'rights on data and ownership issues

GODAN partners have scheduled a webinar on farmers'rights on data and ownership issues, on the 18th of September 2018 at 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM CEST. The webinar will address the following questions:-
  • What do we mean by the farmers' rights to data?
  • Who owns data?
  • Who is entitled to the value of the data?
  • What is the role of privacy in the agricultural sector?

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About the webinar

What do we mean by the farmers’ rights to data? Who owns data? Who is entitled to the value of the data? What is the role of privacy in the agricultural sector? 

There is no doubt that data-driven agriculture has increased agricultural production and productivity; reduced the risk and improved resilience in farming, brought more economic and efficient use of natural resources; and helped farmers in decision making. Increasingly agricultural technology providers (ATPs) enter the market; focusing more on aggregating farmers’ data and this has subsequently led to farmers raising concerns about data ownership and their privacy.

Farmers need to be engaged in the decision making process of how collectors will use their data. They seek assurances of their privacy and control over the data. They seek transparency in their interactions with providers; they would like to receive also benefits from their data and to have access to relevant data. 

In this webinar, Foteini Zampati (GODAN) and Simone van der Burg (Wageningen University & Research) will explore the less known aspects of farmers’ rights to data and the legal aspect (ownership issues, IP rights, data rights) on national and international level. 

Presenters profiles

Simone van der Burg is a senior researcher in ethics and responsible research and innovation at Wageningen Economic Research.

The goal of her research is to contribute to the shaping of research and (technological or social) innovation by means of the enhancement of ethical reflection of stakeholders on its anticipated impacts on human (social) life. This approach to ethics contributes to more responsible decision making about innovation by making the values and interests of stakeholders explicit and facilitate their reflection and dialogue. Simone van der Burg is an experienced project leader and researcher who published about numerous innovation trajectories primarily in the health care domain. At this moment she is expanding the field of her interest to include innovation in food and farming. She is co-founder and associate editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation and member of Cogem which advises the government about ethical and societal aspects of genetic modification of human beings, animals and plants.   

Foteini Zampati is a data rights research specialist at the GODAN Secretariat and she is based in Germany, in Darmstadt at the Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft (KTBL) supported by the German Government.

She is a legal professional with over 15 years’ experience in legal counselling field. She studied Law and she holds a Master’s degree in European Union Law and European Business Law. She serves as a legal expert supporting the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative on Ethical and Legal aspects of Open data.She is responsible for the research and analysis of national and international legislation on Open Data and Intellectual Property Study. Advisor on compliance and best practices across all aspects of national and European privacy and data protection law and regulation (GDPR) and international law in the agricultural sector.

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