The rise of the use of cloud services in agriculture, and the increasing pile of information every farm is gathering, creates new questions about how eBusiness is done. AgGateway, a consortium of many major ag companies, has been involved in working to set voluntary standards in this area for some time. This week the group announced creation of two new committees to formalize ongoing work of member companies: the Data Privacy and Security Committee; and the Architecture Committee. Both committees will meet in open sessions in Altoona, Iowa, June 9-12.
The Data Privacy and Security Committee will continue work that began a year ago under AgGateway's Precision Ag Council. Deb Casurella, president of Independent Data Management, LLC, will chair this new committee. She comments, in a media release: "Data privacy, us and security are key issues for farmers today, especially as they create and use an increasing amount of data to better manage their operations. AgGateway is looking to adopt data security and producer privacy standards to enable eBusiness while protecting the value of a farmer's information."
The committee is winding up work on a new white paper that examines the historical, legal and regulatory perspectives on data privacy and security, provides key terminology and principles, and in general gives a roadmap of how to proceed in establishing security, protection and privacy standards and procedures.
During that Mid-Year meeting scheduled in Altoona, the committee will review key concepts of the whitepaper, discuss the group's role in data privacy and begin to define data classifications to drive committee work during the next six months.
The new Architecture Committee will examine "the big picture of how AgGateway and its members are executing the mission to enable and expand the use of eBusiness," according to a press statement. The group will be chaired by Brent Kemp, manager of process development-eBusiness, at Southern States Cooperative Inc. "In the past, decisions about technologies and best practices for implementing AgGateway Open Standards have been made by individual AgGateway project teams," Kemp says in a media statement. "With rapidly changing technology options, more types of standards and guidelines, and cross-industry and standards group collaboration requirements, it's important for AgGateway to proceed in a more formal and consistent manner on these issues."
You can learn more about these committees under Working Groups on the AgGateway website.