adaptive management planning

Adaptive Management is a process of continual improvement by adjusting actions taken to achieve a goal or objective based on high-frequency observations and data-driven analysis rather than by expert opinion, best practice recipe, or prescription. It requires a high level of system understanding and observation, analysis, and communications feedback.

Ag Data Wallet

An ag data wallet would provide secure storage and transactions of important data, populated by producers or trusted advisors, under the control of the producer. While the word “wallet” evokes both a place where important documents are kept, and something that is under an individual’s control, an ag data wallet can go beyond that by providing mechanisms for individuals to safely exchange data and giving opportunities for financial compensation for ecosystem services. This system will give complete control of data back to producers while also maximizing the value of that data through efficient, secure and cost effective data management at the producer’s discretion. The technology enables farm-level data portability and interoperability across systems, using the MMRV of on-farm outcomes to support management and decision making and increase access to various opportunties. This system further enables security, trust and data sovereignty.


An official register showing details of ownership, boundaries, and value of real property in a district, made for taxation purposes. In terms of this narrative, the functionality of a cadaster is similar to that of an environmental claims clearinghouse.


The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance were created to advance the legal principles underlying collective and individual data rights in the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). CARE is an acronym that stands for collective benefit, authority to control, responsibility, ethics.
While CARE can be considered part of the open data movement, it aims to build on other standards such as FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) by considering power differentials and historical contexts. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance are “people and purpose-oriented, reflecting the crucial role of data in advancing Indigenous innovation and self-determination.”


Collabathons are a sustained collaboration effort with short sprints in service of long range shared goals implemnented by the OpenTEAM community to acomplish goals in key work streams. Each Collabathon session has a defined goal, outcome, and proposed output shaped by a community co-hosts. They may take anywhere from three to eight weeks (or even longer) to complete with likely a weekly cadence of hour long meetings to keep the momentum going.

common onboarding

Common Onboarding is he process of entering the minimum amount of data for producers to be able to benefit from the tools and community, and providing the minimum level of technical skills to access the tools using the Common Onboarding Form. This form will allow producers to enter the minimum amount of data required of them to benefit from different opportunities through a shared question set, accessing multiple tools, opportunities, and benefits in agriculture. This can be compared to the common application for high school students applying to higher education institutions.

community-driven protocols

Protocols that are developed and maintained by a community of users and developers, rather than a single entity. They are designed to be open-source and decentralized, allowing for greater collaboration and innovation.

CSA Connector

The CSA Connector is a tool that will connect all of the relevant participants in the emerging climate smart commodity marketplace—buyers, producers, technical service providers, and certifiers–with each other and with the information needed to support transactions among them. Those using the connector will ultimately have easy access to a wide range of resources, including environmental claims registries, calibration data sets, and other information libraries.

data portability

The ability of an individual or organization to obtain and ‘move’ their data from one place, platform, etc. to another

data sovereignty

Addresses who has control over, ownership, and manages of data or databases and under what conditions (e.g., laws, agreements, etc.). This term is used differently by different groups and lacks a universal definition, data sovereignty is usually referenced in the context of an individual’s ability to fully create and control their credentials, identity, and related information about themselves and their work. In the context of this narrative, data sovereignty ensures that the individual or community about whom data is collected has knowledge of and meaningful consent over how that information is used and shared by others by providing these individuals and communities with the tools and resources to control, interpret, and act on their own data.