Final report and documentation specifications of FMIS

An outline of the system elements and requirements for the proposed Farm Management Information System (FMIS) as an integrated and complex set of specifications depending on the farm production type, level of automation and inherent business processes.

Year of Publication2011

During the course of the FutureFarm project, actors and information flows, usage processes and data elements have been modelled and analysed, and functional requirements of FMIS have been determined. This resulting deliverable outlines the system elements and requirements for the proposed FMIS as an integrated and complex set of specifications depending on the farm production type, level of automation and inherent business processes. These specifications have included: •System analysis as identifying the internal as well as external conflicts and problems that the farm manager currently faces. The novel conceptual design of FMIS has shown the possibility of clearly capturing the functional elements that support real-time management decisions and compliance to management standards•User-centric information flow models as implementing effective managerial functions to the FMIS conditioned that the farmers are ready to adopt new working habits. At the same time, farmers will gain increased insight into their production processes leading to improved process control and process documentation•Encoding of critical parts of the information management especially having a significant impact on the overall outcome of the farming activities. The encoded system part is generic in its functionality and can be applied also to other parts of the information system described flow models •Identification of the usage processes as well as the data elements outlining the complexity of the decision making process within the agricultural domain. Especially, the concept of assisting services has to evolve in order to sustain the need of more automated decision processes•Derivation of basic functional requirements including simple user-interface, automated and simple-to-use methods for data processing, complete user control, integrated rule-based knowledge, adaptable to local conditions, seamless integration and interoperability with other software packages, using open data standards, interfaces, and protocols, scalability, data interchange using meta-data, and low cost implementations•Identification FMIS distributed web services with a well defined reference model depicting vocabularies. As part of a distributed architecture, an efficient data exchange is needed so that interpreters at various intersections can be avoided and enable cost-efficient implementation of the architecture•Outlining the proposed Future Farm FMIS as an application of applications involving that the FMIS is dependent on a specific use case and involving a specific information need, a specific available information source, specific available relevant services, specific available interfaces between applications and services and the business models behind the applications, services and their interfaces.When looking to the future, external services as decision making assisting features will become an important part of FMIS concept. At the moment, the utilisation of scientific models together with the large amounts of data in different formats produced by modern farm machinery, sensors located within the farm, remote sensing, etc. is still an open area of research and new methods are developed continuously. The seamless incorporation of new functionality and assisting features into an existing FMIS is of paramount importance.

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knowledge managementfarm management information systemffd3 7
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