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Unlocking the promises of Big Data requires a clear vision, a talented and agile cross-disciplinary team, and an agile but long-term commitment to developing the tools and systems required to tackle the real world challenges of turning data into actionable information. This is the challenge G.E.M.S® — an international agroinformatics initiative jointly led by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota — is tackling head on.

GEMS is the first and the only system designed from the very start to support and functionally integrate spatially and temporally distributed genomic, environmental, management, and socioeconomic data in a single integrated platform.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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