How does OpenTEAM get work done as a community?

OpenTEAM is structured into four distinct working groups. 

  • The Field Methods Working Group aims to bridge science with the available tools to create a versioned and flexible, tiered approach to field methods protocols that will support the needs of farmers/ranchers, researchers and markets. 
  • The Hub and Network Working Group brings together representatives of participating Hubs and Network farms and ranches with the researchers, developers and companies involved in OpenTEAM in order to facilitate communication across these communities of practice and ensure that Hub and Network members have access to the information and technical resources they need regarding their participation in OpenTEAM. 
  • The Human Centered Design Working Group focuses on creating internal and external social feedback and design processes for the OpenTEAM community.
  • The Technology Working Group identifies opportunities for co-development, prioritizes them into work packages, and builds the necessary elements to support the interoperability of various technological tools within the OpenTEAM community.

What is provided for Hub and Network Members that have joined the OpenTEAM community?

  • A shared agtech toolkit for farmers, field technicians, agronomists and other trusted advisors
  • Rapid and low-cost in-field assessment tools
  • Greater farmer control over their data
  • Data portability to value-added incentives (certification, conservation payment, ecosystem service credit)
  • Peer-to-peer learning through digital coffee shop model
  • Engagement with a network of researchers and farmers that are actively learning about what practices work, and where, and how best to monitor their outcomes
  • A way to measure conservation practice effectiveness

Who makes up the OpenTEAM community?

OpenTEAM is made up of a vast community of producers, researchers, businesses, and organizations. Hubs and network members make up the backbone of OpenTEAM. These farms and ranches will provide the social and technical infrastructure encompassing representative regional production systems in the U.S. to scale adoption of soil health management practices. Hubs will be the primary locations for field testing OpenTEAM, and once the platform is ready for wider release, they will serve as ambassadors to help build the on-farm user network. Network members will also play an integral role in testing the technology and platform as it is developed, but will have a more informal role in platform development with fewer reporting requirements.  

What are OpenTEAM’s Shared Principles?

We endorse the following statements:

  • Agriculture is a shared human endeavor and we have a shared interest in providing everyone the best possible, site-specific, and  data-driven agricultural knowledge
  • Agriculture is a public science, where we will collectively benefit by creating a pre-competitive space to more rapidly advance our shared understanding of food systems, agroecosystems, climate science, and relationships between soil health,  and human health. (read more)
  • A shared urgency exists in taking action to improve soil health globally and support continual improvement of ecosystem service delivery from farm and ranchland
  • The majority of benefit and natural wealth creation should flow to those most directly engaged in the transformation of natural systems.   
  • Knowledge is co-created, and user-generated data should be shared as opt-in and controlled by those who created it.  
  • Pre-competitive contributions to OpenTEAM from each member will help pool knowledge, resources and capabilities in order to speed up the systemic challenges of farmer resiliency and ag data interoperability we seek to solve.

What is OpenTEAM?

OpenTEAM, or Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management, is a network of public and private partners that collaboratively develop and maintain an ecosystem of tools and networks utilizing low cost, open source technologies to link producers, researchers, businesses, and the public enabling the exchange of agricultural information and inspiration across geographies, production systems, and cultural boundaries.