Impact Stories

The WDCC showcases data science applications that have a positive impact on our everyday life. These act as a base for further cooperation with partners, development of research, education, and display any essential requirements in data management and infrastructure. Below a number of impact stories are shown which give an impression of the possibilities in data science.

Highlighted Impact Stories


Farmers all over the world try to optimise their yield of wheat, rice, maize, grain legumes or tuber crops. However, they often have lower yields than they wish or target. Wageningen University & Research has a tool that aims to change this: the Global Yield Gap Atlas. Companies, governments and non-profit organisations are making good use of it.

Food security dashboard


The war in Ukraine is affecting the food market, but how exactly, and for how long, is still difficult to predict. Wageningen University & Research has now conducted a preliminary analysis into this impact. One product that has resulted from the analysis is a free and openly accessible dashboard where all the relevant data can be found. “It’s pretty unique that all that data is accessible through a single, interactive website,” says Data Architect Eugene Westerhof.

Detecting disease with computer vision

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Wageningen researcher Ronald Petie used computer vision to detect diseases in cows as part of two projects: SensingPotential and Digitool. It turns out that, like in humans, a runny nose is a sign of possible illness in cows too. “The more photographs of cow heads we feed into the algorithm, the better it learns to recognise the data and the more accurate its predictions.”