Plant-pollinator interactions are recognized for their key role in ecosystem functioning and sustainable agriculture. However, plant-pollinator data are currently stored in silos across multiple networks and country-specific initiatives. The capacity to integrate those data at regional and global levels is crucial to enable pattern analysis and understanding at biologically-relevant scales. In this context, adoption of community data standards on pollination and good practices is urgently needed.

This case study will ensure broad participation and alignment with other agricultural data initiatives in Europe and at the global level to facilitate the implementation of the FAIR data principles. A survey of existing initiatives handling plant-pollinator interaction data will be conducted and an overview of the current status of best practices for plant-pollinator data management will be provided and discussed within the community for improvement. FAIR data assessment rubrics will be adapted for the plant-pollinator domain, to be accompanied by guidelines for their use. At least five agriculture-specific plant-pollination initiatives will serve as pilots for data and digital objects standards adoption.

RDA IGAD (Interest Group on Agricultural Data) is leading this effort together with partners in the Biodiversity Information Standards group already involved with developing standards for plant-pollination data in order to advance adoption.


The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) was established by the country’s federal government in 1973 to develop the technological foundation for a genuinely tropical model of agriculture and animal farming. The initiative has been tasked with providing Brazil with food security and a leading position in the international market for food, fiber and energy. Embrapa today is one of the largest agricultural research corporations of the world, with half a century of contributions focused on innovation, efficiency, sustainability and social inclusion.

The Research and Development Support Foundation – FAPED is a non-profit legal institution governed by Private Law, with headquarters and venue in the city of Sete Lagoas – Minas Gerais. Its purpose is to encourage and intensify the relationship between science and technology and the various segments of society, constituting an instrument to facilitate and organize actions between research institutions and the productive sector, with the aim of promoting new alternatives for technical and social development. Read more…

The Meise Botanic Garden, until 2014 called the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, is a botanical garden located in the grounds of Bouchout Castle in Meise, Flemish Brabant, just north of Brussels. It is one of the world’s largest botanical gardens, with an extensive collection of living plants and a herbarium of about 4 million specimens.

The botanic garden’s mission statement specifies increasing and spreading “the knowledge of plants” and contributions to “the conservation of biodiversity”. Research at the garden is primarily conducted on Belgian and African plants. Read more…

Born in rural North Carolina in 2010 at the intersection of computer science and beekeeping, we are proud to have supported over 40,000 beekeepers across more than 150 countries.

Since the very first day, we have worked with empathy and passion to solve beekeeper problems. From the original recordkeeping tool when we first launched, we have come a long way, and are thrilled to write a new HiveTracks chapter with The Beekeeper’s Companion. Read more…

The Kenya government reformed the national agricultural research system by creating the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). Its formation was aimed at restructuring agricultural and livestock research into a dynamic, innovative, responsive, and well-coordinated system driven by a common vision and goal. KALRO is a corporate body created under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013 to establish a suitable legal and institutional framework for the coordination of agricultural research in Kenya. Read more…

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