As sensor data becomes more available and our ability to store and move data increases, our need to manage and extract insights from data increases.

We are turning data into insights – even unassisted action – through artificial intelligence, visualization, and virtual models of physical, biological, chemical and social phenomena.  But collecting, moving, managing, visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting data from disparate systems has significant technical as well as social challenges.

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IoT Networks: Sensors and Data Visualization

Nithin Raghunathan, research scientist, and Chariloas Mousoulis, senior research scientist, from Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Their presentation featured an overview of the sensors and the IoT networks being used in ag and manufacturing deployments in the 10 counties around Purdue that make up the Wabash Heartland…


Data Driven Agriculture Webinar Series

During the Spring 2021 semester, Purdue Agriculture hosted a weekly webinar series featuring experts in data science and digital agriculture at Purdue University. Each Thursday from February through May, the Data Driven Agriculture webinars explored ways digital agriculture and data science can impact agriculture today and into the future. “Building on the momentum of last…


Key Terms

Data Layer

A set of related information on a GIS map. A map can have many layers to present different types of information. For example, the first layer of a map may be a satellite image of an area. The next layer may have only lines that represent roads or highways. The next layer may contain topographic information.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

The mechanism by which a machine can take input from the environment via sensors, process this input using the experiences it has gained and take rational and intelligent decision on the environment using actuators, much like how humans do.

Precision Farming

Using information technology to produce crops and livestock.


A unit of computer storage of binary data usually comprising eight bits, and equivalent to a character. A kilobyte is one thousand bytes, a megabyte is one million bytes, and a gigabyte or “gig” is one billion bytes.