Institute of Agricultural Machinery, NARO

Publication of use case collection that embody the road map for expanding Open API specifications for agricultural machinery and realizing data utilization

- Accelerating data linkage beyond the boundaries between manufacturers -

In order to realize easy-to-use data linkage for farmers at the production site, along with expanding the specifications of the Agricultural Machinery Open Application Programming Interface (API), which was developed in the year 2021, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) has compiled and published the results of the effectiveness verification conducted at the production site as the "Achievement Report - 2022". Along with this "Use Cases Collection" that lists prioritized items so that farmers can experience the effects of data linkage has been published. It is expected that this will accelerate the realization of data linkage that transcends the boundaries between manufacturers and promote the use and application of data by farmers.


In the year 2021, NARO (Headquarters: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture), established the "Agricultural Machinery API Common Consortium" consisting of agricultural machinery/equipment manufacturers, ICT vendors, industry groups, etc. as a part of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries "Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Data Management and Utilization Infrastructure Reinforcement Project under Smart Agriculture Comprehensive Promotion Measures Project". We carry out necessary review to enable farmers to centrally manage data such as work records that can be obtained from agricultural machinery and equipment without being limited to agricultural machinery manufacturers.

In this project, we have formulated the "Agricultural Machinery Open API Specification" (standard API specification) by the end of the year 2021, which will be the standard for manufacturers to implement APIs. Along with expanding the standard API specifications, we have published the "Achievement Report - 2022" that summarizes the results of effectiveness verification conducted at the production site, and the "Use Cases Collection" that embodies the objectives and scenarios that farmers want to achieve through data utilization.

By having agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturers, ICT vendors, etc. utilize these results, it is expected to accelerate data linkage across manufacturers' boundaries, which has been an issue so far, and contribute to the promotion of data utilization by farmers at production sites.

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