Special Issue "Semantic Technologies Applied to Agriculture"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Computing and Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francisco García-Sánchez

Departamento de Informática y Sistemas, Facultad de Informática, Universidad de Murcia, Campus de Espinardo, Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain
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Interests: semantic web; knowledge engineering; ontologies; linked data; social semantic web; distributed systems; service oriented architectures; cloud computing; artificial intelligence; natural language processing; intelligent agents and multiagent systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez-García

Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación, Arquitectura de Computadores, Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos y Estadística e Investigación Operativa, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Tulipán, s/n, Móstoles 28933, Madrid, Spain
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Interests: semantic web; knowledge engineering; ontologies; linked data; artificial intelligence; natural language processing; intelligent agents and multiagent systems; natural language processing; semantic web technologies; computational biology; biomedical informatics; optimization; heuristics; metaheuristics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the use of new technologies in agriculture is almost pervasive across the world. Smart farming refers to using high-tech farming techniques and technologies to improve production output while minimizing cost and preserving resources. The main applications of ICT in agriculture (also known as ‘e-agriculture’) include the use of GPS and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for precision farming, smartphone apps for e-learning and crop management, RFID for product tracking, knowledge management systems with information and best practices, etc. New technologies promote sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies in the sector.

Large amounts of data are being generated and made available to third parties in various formats from heterogeneous, disparate data sources. Ontologies and semantic technologies are a useful means to integrate and harmonize data from different sources and facilitate inferring and reasoning over a shared conceptualization. A number of different vocabularies and ontologies for the agronomic community have been defined for different purposes and most of them are being hosted in the AgroPortal ontology repository (http://agroportal.lirmm.fr/).

This Special Issue is devoted to papers concerned with the application of semantic technologies in the agronomy domain. We seek novel contributions and successful use cases in which the benefits of using ontologies on this field are made clear.

Prof. Dr. Francisco García-Sánchez
Dr. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez-García
Guest Editors

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  • Semantic web
  • Ontology
  • Knowledge management
  • Data integration
  • Semantic services
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy
  • Smart farming
  • E-agriculture

Published Papers

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