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An Approach to Farm Management Information Systems Using Task-Specific, Collaborative Mobile Apps and Cloud Storage Services

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  131579954,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: @2013
Authors:   Jonathan T Welte, Aaron C Ault, Cyrus Bowman, Steven Ellis, Dennis R Buckmaster, Daniel Ess, James V Krogmeier
Keywords:   Data Management Mobile Apps Cloud Storage Usability Distributed Data Model.

Abstract. Modern production agriculture is beginning to advance beyond deterministic, scheduled operations between relatively few people to larger scale, information-driven efficiency in order to respond to the challenges of field variability and meet the needs of a growing population. Since no two farms are the same with respect to information and management structure, a specialized farm management information system (FMIS) which is tailored to the realities on the ground of individual farms is likely to be more effective than generalized FMIS available today. This paper presents the design and implementation of a novel distributed set of open-source, collaborative mobile apps known as Open Ag Toolkit (OpenATK). OpenATK endeavors to provide such a specialized FMIS solution by incorporating low-cost, widely available mobile computing technologies, internet-based cloud storage services, and user-centered design principles.

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