[Seminar] Interoperability and Blockchains in Agrifood, 2018-05-23


Digital Agriculture Seminars

Seminar of Dr. Christopher Brewster (TNO, Netherlands)

May 23, 2018, 11:00 – Maison de la Télédétection (room Saltus), 500 rue Jean-François Breton, Montpellier – https://goo.gl/maps/7aunTQxAYA52

Blockchain technology (BCT) has been much hyped as a solution to all ills in many different sectors of industry including the agrifood sector. Supposedly BCT will enable total transparency, total privacy, immutability and through smart contracts “distributed autonomous organisations.” Proposed applications for blockchain technology in the agrifood domain include supply chain tracking and tracing, tracking of food certifications, and environmental reporting. In this talk, we will consider these and other use cases and identify certain inherent contradictions in the application of this technology to the agrifood sector. We argue instead that the real challenges for data sharing can only be addressed by far greater use of semantics, greater agreement on data models, combined with an appropriate understand of the right kind of architectures and data governance. Blockchain technology may eventually play a minor role in managing such an architecture’s metadata.

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Dr. Christopher Brewster is a Senior Scientist at TNO specializing in semantics and interoperability architectures. He is currently scientific co-ordinator for the Dutch public-private funded Techruption Blockchain project, and was Project Leader of the recently completed “Blockchain in agrifood” project funded by Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. His research focus is Semantic Technologies, Open and Linked Data, interoperability architectures and Data Governance, with a special interest in the roles of Blockchain technology in solving real world problems, the ethical implications of blockchain technology, and the interaction of semantics with smart contacts. He has focussed on the agrifood domain as an application domain focussing on the use of Semantic Technologies to the food supply chain and logistics. He has published over 60 papers in conferences and journals, and organised many workshops.
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