Bill Gates’ Latest Focus? Open Agricultural Data

Source: Microsoft

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Since stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, company founder Bill Gates has supported a number of causes, especially through his foundation.

In recent years, Gates has focused on cutting down on diseases such as malaria, addressing poverty and even the idea of creating a more eco-friendly toilet.

Gate’s latest conquest, though, is open agricultural data. According to a Washington Post report on Monday, the Microsoft Chairman recently joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in launching a conference that unveiled a new virtual community, providing visitors with important data that could help ensure food security along with increasing global nutrition.

“Open access to data will help combat food insecurity today while laying the groundwork for a sustainable agricultural system to feed a population that is projected to be more than nine billion by 2050,” emphasized Secretary Vilsack via a press release.

Those interested can access the information via Data.gov.

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