The farmer remains the owner of his data at all times; this is the fundamental principle of SDF. Farmers have access to their own data and access to data provided by other parties. The data owner decides which other parties are authorised to access the information. A clearly defined authorisation structure will be established for this purpose.
The image illustrates the central role of the farmer at the heart of the system. Devices and equipment provided by various suppliers collect data at the farm before it is transmitted via the data hub – the digital highway – to suppliers who are developing a handy app for the PC or mobile devices . The handy app will make data available for the farmer. The data can be enriched at various stages by insights shared by knowledge organisations and institutes.