Tom Vilsack to lead US delegation at G-8 Summit

WASHINGTON— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead the U.S. delegation at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, D.C. 

“I am pleased to partner with G-8 colleagues in ensuring that agriculturally relevant data is readily available to users around the world. By making our data accessible and encouraging others to do the same, we will enable collaborations that will spur innovation and increase economic growth around the world,” said Secretary Vilsack.

Open data

Open data is the idea that certain data should be free and available to everybody.  It’s used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate development. 

At last year’s G-8 Summit, leaders committed to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition—including an agreement to share relevant agricultural data available from G-8 countries with African partners and convene an international conference on Open Data for Agriculture. The conference is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the United Kingdom, which holds the G-8 Presidency this year.

For more information on the upcoming conference, visit the Conference Website: http://bit.ly/XAvh7V

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