Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely


  • Andrea De Montis
  • Giuseppe Modica
  • Claudia Arcidiacono
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_218-1



The term stems from the blending of the two words agriculture and informatics and refers to the application of informatics to the analysis, design and development of agricultural activities. It overarches expressions such as Precision Agriculture (PA), Precision Livestock Farming (PLF), and Agricultural landscape analysis and planning. The adoption of AgInformatics can accelerate agricultural development by providing farmers and decision makers with more accessible, complete, timely, and accurate information. However, it is still hindered by a number of important yet unresolved issues including big data handling, multiple data sources and limited standardization, data protection, and lack of optimization models. Development of knowledge-based systems in the farming sector would require key components, supported by Internet of things (IoT), data acquisition systems, ubiquitous computing and networking,...

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Further Readings

  1. Berckmans, D. (2004). Automatic on-line monitoring of animals by precision livestock farming. In Proceedings of the ISAH conference on animal production in Europe: The Way Forward in a Changing World. Saint-Malo, pp. 27–31.Google Scholar
  2. Li, M., & Chung, S. (2015). Special issue on precision agriculture. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 112, 1.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Pierce, F. J., & Clay, D. (Eds.). (2007). GIS applications in agriculture. Boca Raton: CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group.Google Scholar
  4. Sørensen, C. G., Fountas, S., Nash, E., Pesonen, L., Bochtis, D., Pedersen, S. M., Basso, B., & Blackmore, S. B. (2010). Conceptual model of a future farm management information system. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 72(1), 37–47.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea De Montis
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Modica
    • 2
  • Claudia Arcidiacono
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di AgrariaUniversity of SassariSassariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di AgrariaUniversità degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio CalabriaReggio CalabriaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e AmbienteUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly