Cloud computing to help PHL rice sector

Monday, December 23, 2019 01:41 AM    Views : 58by:BusinessMirror

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—The agriculture and science community in the Philippines celebrated the launch of Asi@Connect Leveraging the Cloud for Rice Statistics and Analytics.

Ricestats Database, led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), intends to create a reference resource by using an ontology to combine data into a one-stop accessible database with a displayable dashboard for rice statistics.

The platform runs on Amazon Web Services, such as AWS Glue, Athena and S3 for data extraction, transformation and loading, while the transformed data is stored in AWS cloud warehouse Redshift.

The database will contain data from existing household surveys conducted by IRRI globally, and will include data from national bureaus and international organizations.

Currently, such a consolidated database with disaggregated data, such as production by season and gender of household head up to the barangay level, does not exist for rice in Asia.

In his keynote address, Academician Dr. William Padolina said, “Without new knowledge, especially in science and technology, without the new knowledge that will be generated, it will be difficult to make good decisions on conservation and resource use, something that is vital to the success of rice production.”

The launch was hosted by IRRI, the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), and AWS last month at a hotel in Manila.

DOST-ASTI Director Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. emphasized the importance of this collaboration with IRRI and DOST-ASTI’s long-standing partnership.

“The DOST-ASTI and IRRI, over the years, have established a good working relationship through our partnership in the areas of research networking, high-performance computing, and cloud computing. IRRI is connected to the Philippine Research, Education, and Government Information Network (Preginet), which is being managed by the DOST-ASTI,” Marciano said.

Preginet is the Philippines’s only National Research and Education Network (NREN) that is connected to a global REN, of which is the Asia-Europe connection.

IRRI Agri-Food Policy Platform Leader Dr. Jean Balié said: “IRRI believes that the project can help fulfill a number of Sustainable Development Goals through improved access to education and research resources across the Asia-Pacific.”

“Ricestats Database will enable the dissemination of comprehensive rice socioeconomic data through an easily accessible database interface on a wider scale. The project will provide a unique resource for agricultural and social science researchers, academia, policy-makers, donors and investors in the rice sector and beyond,” added IRRI Representative for the Philippines Dr. Romeo Recide.

Asi@Connect empowers Asian countries by enabling them to participate in collaborative programs, like Ricestats Database. They also bridge the digital divide that exists within the global communities of research, education, and health.

Asi@Connectas successor to the TEIN [Trans-Eurasia Information Network] program, is to provide and further develop a dedicated regional high-capacity, high-quality Internet connectivity network for research and higher education, also leveraging the e-infrastructure developed for public service projects, such as food security, health, ocean observation related to natural disasters, e-government, education and training, and cultural heritage with emphasis on applications of broad societal benefit,” said TEIN Cooperation Center CEO Dr. Kim Byung-kyu.

The launch was attended by partners from agriculture and science organizations, officials from national government agencies, and members of the academe in the Philippines.


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