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Special Issue "Digital Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Areas"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 286

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Constantina Costopoulou
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Guest Editor
Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: digital transformation; e-government; e-commerce; e-learning; m-apps; blockchain; big data analytics
Dr. Sotiris Karetsos
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Guest Editor
Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: agricultural e/m- services; agricultural mobile apps; e/m-government; e/m-commerce; agricultural information systems; e/m-learning; blockchain in agriculture; big data analytics in agriculture; use of smart mobile devices in agriculture
Prof. Dr. Maria Ntaliani
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Guest Editor
Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: electronic government; e-business; e-participation; digital divide; digital services
Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Demestichas
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Guest Editor
Informatics Laboratory, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: communication networks; machine learning; data analytics; content verification; security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital transformation of agriculture and rural areas has been a challenge over the past decades. Indeed, recent advancements and implementations of information and communication technologies in agriculture offer a unique opportunity for the modernization of the agricultural business sector. The benefits may include improvements in the management of the value chain, ease of accessing governmental and commerce services, more efficient usage of resources, more precision in the usage of agrochemicals, saving time and costs. The beneficiaries regard, farmers who can improve their products, income and quality of life, processing and retailing companies who trade agricultural products, consumers who could feel safe in the quality of the products, governments by improving the efficiency of their services. Moreover, the prudent use of resources and the limited emission of pollutants is of high interest because of climate change. Additionally, new technologies can transform rural areas to attractive, smart and sustainable ones, and invert difficulties related to remoteness.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to highlight how digital technologies could have a significant contribution towards the transformation of agriculture and rural areas in order to achieve sustainability. Recent advancements such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learning, blockchain as well as smart mobile devices and mobile applications (apps) could provide new perspectives, improvements, and solutions needed to be successfully applied for the purposes of Agriculture 4.0 and smart rural communities. We are searching for original high-quality research articles and the latest advances in the theoretical or practical aspects of the aforementioned fields. The Special Issue will also accept and review articles that have a thorough methodology and results. The potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation of agriculture
  • Digital transformation of rural communities
  • Information systems in agriculture: architecture, applications, interoperability, models, best practices
  • Electronic and mobile services in agriculture (e/m-government, e/m-commerce, e/m-learning)
  • Cloud computing
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Smart mobile devices
  • Mobile applications (apps)
  • Agricultural data, data analysis and data design
  • IoT in agriculture
  • Agricultural modeling
  • Information processing and management
  • Software Engineering
  • Blockchain for the agricultural sector
  • Agricultural traceability and food safety
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Precision Farming
  • Simulation and optimization of agricultural systems

Prof. Dr. Constantina Costopoulou
Dr. Sotiris Karetsos
Prof. Dr. Maria Ntaliani
Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Demestichas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • digital transformation
  • agriculture
  • rural communities
  • smart mobile devices
  • mobile apps
  • cloud computing
  • IoT
  • machine learning

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