The working group Repositories of technical data



Given this large number of exchanges between ecosystems in agriculture, it is necessary that they adopt a common language. Thus were created data repositories to ensure interoperability between ecosystems.
On behalf of the integrity of information, all systems must use the same codes. Given this trend, the main economic and institutional actors engaged in the development of various systems to control and manage this growing flood of information.
This is the goal of the working group "Repositories of technical data" since 2008.
Today, all harmonized code repositories used in XML EDIFACT "agroObs" and "eDAPLOS" messages are available on the extranet of the association. 
The working group meets regularly to update the different standards according to business needs of members.


- Crops:

All crops (plant material) present in France (including overseas territories). A table is updated (every culture is associated with its scientific name (Latin), a qualifying feature, vegetative profile, its EPPO reference , its GNIS code)

- Stages of crops (BBCH)

To meet the business need, it was decided to codify wide phenological stages most commonly used in France and Europe: the BBCH scale.
A table is available that display the vegetative growth stages by profile.
The Working Group continues to enhance this BBCH repository by creating more specific vegetative profiles to better characterize what is observed in the field for a particular culture.

- Farm machinery:

The work led to harmonize the two main lists of codes used by trade: the APCA / BCMA and FNCUMA lists. Initially, these are the main types of agricultural equipment which have been harmonized.
The correlation table allows to link the harmonized code list and two initial lists.
It is planned to continue the work on harmonizing characteristics of agricultural materials.

- Weeds:

The identified need is to build a repository of weeds that addresses both the problems related to agronomic observations (plant disease surveillance) and issues of traceability purposes.
Initial work is underway to categorize weeds and make the connection with the reference crop pests

- Crop Pests:

The Repository "crop pests" was made from several lists of pests, diseases used by various members.
These standards are primarily used in the message "Record of agronomic observation" (AgroObs).
Regularly updated, a table with EPPO codes is available.