Press release DjustConnect data highway accelerates Flemish data economy, a leader in Europe
On the Flemish data-sharing platform DjustConnect, there are already 30 entry and exit ramps in use today, through which data transports take place on a daily basis, approved and controlled by the farmer as data owner. DjustConnect has thus shifted up a gear and is helping to make safe and efficient data sharing possible in the Flemish agrifood chain.Coordinator Stephanie Van Weyenberg (ILVO) explicitly addresses companies and organizations that (need) data during the Agridagen in Ravels: "The applications are flooding in. Now is the time to build your on-ramp to our data highway."
Among the pioneer users you will find big names such as Milcobel, Boerenbond, AVR, Arvesta, KBC and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, but also names from less obvious quarters such as viticulture. The list of special supporters also includes Microsoft, which will support DjustConnect in the coming years as a Microsoft startup.
Mature platform now ready to expand
At its launch 2 years ago, DjustConnect was the initiator in an emerging ecosystem. Today it is a mature and solid platform that shows the way to reliable data sharing in the growing European data economy. Both on an (IT) technical and legal level, DjustConnect is seen as an example in Europe. The number of data sources and digital applications running on it is now also accelerating. A selection from the range on offer:
IKM-NET, The tool that helps dairy farmers prepare for their IKM audit. This is how it all started 2 years ago! Among other things, measurement and advisory reports, inspection certificates, water analyses and certification of the company veterinarian are automatically loaded into the app. Later this year the tool will be expanded with the digital sustainability monitor from MilkBE.
Focus van Boerenbond. The first large accounting package that feeds on data via DjustConnect. Among other things, the milk and feed invoices are automatically uploaded to the right place with a view to relieving Flemish farmers and horticulturists of a large administrative burden and guaranteeing transparent use of their data.
Milcobel melkgeldafrekeningen. After Focus, a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th customer for these data followed very quickly. Milcobel's ramp to DjustConnect is there. Milcobel now sends (with permission) the data of their dairy farmer-cooperators to these customers without additional development work and costs.
Link2Farm van Arvesta. This new app will be launched at the Agridagen in Ravels and supports the dairy farmer in feed management. It is a tool for tailored farm advice that is even more personalized and automated through the dairy data from Milcobel, among other things.
Klimaatscan van Klimrek. Today, to calculate the climate impact of farms, Climate Consultants have to collect and transcribe information on the spot. This makes it very time intensive. To enable upscaling of the Climate Scans, the partners now opt for a digital Climate Scan with as much automatic data input as possible from milk invoices, feed invoices, silage analyses, plot information, milking machine and cooling tank information and energy saving measures.
Perceelsinformatie van het Departement Landbouw & Visserij. This data from the collection applications enables more than 23,000 Flemish agricultural and horticultural companies to share their parcel information directly with their advisory and management tools, without retyping. By building this ramp, the department is deliberately pulling the digital card and supporting both farmers and chain partners.
WatchITgrow van VITO. One of the management packages that gets to work today with the Department's plot information is WatchITgrow. Supplemented with information from AVR's harvesters and planters, among others, they convert data into usable task maps that are in turn shared via Djustconnect.
KBC- Brede Weersverzekering. Thanks to a partnership with Watchitgrow/VITO and DjustConnect, declaring damage in the KBC Broad Weather Insurance is becoming smoother, more efficient and more convenient.
Craft your Taste van Tastefever. This traceability app allows wine lovers to follow the production process behind their favorite wine. Thanks to DjustConnect, the winegrower now gets his parcels nicely visualized in the app, without any additional administrative actions.
Great improvement in ease of use for all parties
Based on the feedback from the first DjustConnect users, much work has been done in the past two years on a farmer-friendly dashboard, a convenient ConnectShop where interested parties can request available data, an inspiring website, an extensive range of workshops on all aspects of data sharing and clear standard contracts 100% in accordance with the European code of conduct for data sharing. In the recently approved collaboration project 'Digislim Boeren', ILVO and partners will continue this course. The goal is to give farmers more control of their data.
Reliable in Flanders, pioneering in Europe
As a state-of-the-art, operational platform fully in line with the European vision, DjustConnect takes a leading role in the development of a European data economy and the European data space for agriculture. DjustConnect does this from real user experiences from the daily 'data part' practice.
DjustConnect in a nutshell
The large amount of agricultural data produced throughout the agri-food chain makes smarter advisory tools and administrative simplification possible. DjustConnect was created to make it IT-technically and legally easier for companies to work with that data, but also and especially to give farmers and horticulturalists back control over their data. All transactions on the data highway are traceable, secure from start to finish and approved by the farmers and horticulturists.
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