By Ben Craker, AGCO, SPADE Project Chair, and Vice-Chair of the Precision Ag Council
It’s hard to believe the SPADE3 Project (focused on inter-operability for precision agriculture) is rapidly drawing to a close. It doesn't seem like much time has passed since we kicked off the project with high hopes for conquering some big inter-operability issues in the ag industry. The project had a very aggressive scope divided into seven “products,” each with its own set of deliverables. The teams are wrapping up their deliverables, using the Mid-Year Meeting next week as an opportunity to finalize plans for publishing. Deliverables will include documented product user stories and use cases, associated BPMN diagrams showing how data flows through each story example, and data buckets identifying the information needed by actors in each example.
As the SPADE3 teams wrap up, we're considering what comes next. The leadership team is working on a plan for a SPADE4 Project, with a new project structure that will make participation by more members and subject matter experts easier, and will shorten the time frame for deliverables. In addition to planning and scoping SPADE4, we'll review working groups that were absorbed by the SPADE Project. Once SPADE3 ends, these working groups will pick up the work using completed user stories, BMPN diagrams, and data buckets as a baseline for continued gap-check with standards bodies, evaluation and task execution based on changes or expansions in the group's area of focus.
Here are details on what each team has been working on. As with any good AgGateway effort, each product is filled with acronyms!
SPADE3 has been a great project with a wealth of information collected and documented. We look forward to leveraging SPADE3 information to enable more automated, accurate and simple eConnectivity solutions for everyone within the agriculture industry. Stay tuned for SPADE4 details at the Mid-Year Meeting, in the SPADE Implementation Guidelines session!
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