Cloud computing to help the rice sector in the Philippines

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In the photo are (from L to R): Dr. Ajay Kohli, IRRI Strategic Innovation Platform Leader; Mr. Arvin de Torres, AWS Public Sector Account Lead-Philippines; Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr., DOST-ASTI Director; Dr. Berta Miro, Post-doctoral Fellow at IRRI and Asi@Connect RICESTATS DATABASE Project Leader; Dr. Jean Balié, IRRI Agri-Food Policy Platform Leader and Asi@Connect RICESTATS DATABASE Principal Investigator

2 December 2019, Los Banos, Laguna – The agriculture and science community in the Philippines celebrated the launch of Asi@Connect RICESTATS DATABASE: Leveraging the Cloud for Rice Statistics and Analytics.

RICESTATS DATABASE, which is led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), intends to create a reference resource by using an ontology to combine data into a one-stop accessible database with a displayable dashboard for rice statistics. The platform runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS) such as AWS Glue, Athena, and S3 for data extraction, transformation, and loading while the transformed data is stored in AWS cloud warehouse Redshift. The database will contain data from existing household surveys conducted by IRRI globally and will include data from national bureaus and international organizations. Currently, such a consolidated database with disaggregated data, such as production by season and gender of household head up to the barangay level, does not exist for rice in Asia.

In his keynote address, academician Dr. William Padolina said, “Without new knowledge especially in science and technology, without the new knowledge that will be generated, it will be difficult to make good decisions on conservation and resource use, something that is vital to the success of rice production.”

The launch was hosted by IRRI, the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), and AWS last November 29, 2019 at Dusit Thani…

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