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An Innovative Agricultural Ground Data Collection and Exchange Ecosystem

Jed Sundwall of Open Imagery Network Inc. in the U.S. will collect and curate high-quality agricultural mapping data from drone imagery in Kenya that has commercial value and can also be openly accessed for public good purposes. High quality and timely geospatial data is often only collected in the commercial sector, which makes it too expensive for the public and philanthropic sectors to access and use to address development challenges. To resolve this, they will develop a minimum viable product to demonstrate the potential for collecting high-quality, annotated agricultural data that has commercial value and can also be openly accessed. The imaging data will be obtained from an approximately 40 square kilometre area, annotated to identify field boundaries and building footprints, and made available through their partner, PLACE, who have digital infrastructure and a data trust for providing commercial licenses.

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