The digital vineyard: data sharing

Growers, winemakers, agronomists and AgTech providers are exploring opportunities and technologies. But, like all pioneering journeys there are significant challenges, one of these is the language the description, and data sharing between stakeholders.

Like many industries, the wine industry is being transformed into a digital world, with the aim to digitise all aspects, collecting and presenting data for informed decision making and importantly, for reducing the costs along the winegrape value chain.

Open Vineyard Mapping, a SAIWDS project overseen by Collabriculture and supported by Riverland Wine, aims to provide foundational work required for a digital ecosystem – leveraging existing South Australian AgTech assets to enable innovation. The Collabriculture project aims to shift the Australian viticulture community toward the opportunities created by digital technologies.

This is not something that can be built by outsiders, it will continue to need community involvement to implement technologies that make sense for the work that we do now, and how we want to work in the future.

Accurately mapped vine rows provide the potential to develop useful and practical digital services for the wine industry value chain. It is important that all stakeholders agree on the spatial standards used for digital maps in viticulture, their operational compatibility and, importantly, naming conventions.

The Open Vineyard Mapping Project aims to:

  • Create open technical standards, ensuring key pieces of digital information are accessible,
  • Make digital mapping of vineyards commonplace, and ensure these maps adhere to the ‘FAIR’ principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).
  • Address a key barrier to adoption – allowing spatial data to be available for AgTech services used by growers.
  • Support research and AgTech companies in creating useful outcomes for growers – solving real problems and challenges.

To date there have been four workshops attended by Riverland Wine and the wider grape and wine community, with two more workshops planned for 2021. The first output has been a discussion document that provided an overview of the core features of a vineyard. 

To join the community initiative to accurately digitally map the wine industry, visit the website.

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