Research and Extension
Data Management and Analytics Platform for
Agricultural Research & Extension
- Improved institutional memory
- Increased project visibility
- Improved collaboration
- Increased global reach and impact
The aWhere Platform enables the efforts of agricultural research and extension to close the final mile – to achieve, analyze, and monitor measurable results down to the farm, field, village, or household while simultaneously allowing those results to be viewed at the regional level. The Platform creates a significant opportunity to realize the persistent value of data from improved execution through the value chain of local and national agricultural programs.
aWhere’s location-based ‘business intelligence’ platform delivers on a data management vision for the collection, integration, analysis, reporting, modeling, and monitoring of corporate, academic, and extension project efforts. With location and time as the architectural focus of its database schema, aWhere delivers on the vision of persistent value of data in agriculture where the complexity of managing information spatially and temporally has limited the success of traditional IT or GIS data management practices. This approach delivers accessible institutional memory to support strategic endeavors that strive for long-term impacts – connecting research to extension and extension to farmers.
Location-based data management serves as the foundation for project institutional memory. No longer will project results be inaccessible (i.e., on the desktop machine of a scientist), forgotten and isolated. A collaborative and iterative process emerges whereby separate projects working in the same geography are able to leverage knowledge and share data. This enterprise, scalable vision is a transformative step towards the realization of sustainable productivity growth. Risk is reduced as data systematically collected over time enriches the resources of current efforts resulting in more appropriate, accurate recommendations to the field and new insight aggregated to policy levels.
Results are substantial. With quantifiable metrics in place, outcomes are measurable and initiatives are defined by their impact and not solely on project ‘activities.’ The aWhere Platform brings transparency and accountability connecting project efforts with funding sources. This offers a profound change in the mastery of sustainable agricultural efforts: donors and their funded partners are able to accurately identify opportunities for expanded efforts as well as identify lessons learned resulting in continued, measurable progress towards achievable goals.
Each solution deployed on the aWhere platform enables the critical elements of location intelligence for global development:
Your Data in Your Control - aWhere solutions extend the value of your data, but always ensure that your data remains in your control. Built as an open system using Microsoft SQL Server Spatial and cloud-based technologies, the aWhere Platform is enterprise ready, secure, scalable (to manage big data), and has a modular architecture to deliver each project secure access to their data and tools.