Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (DAKIS)

Innovative integration for landscape smart agriculture

The goal of the “Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (DAKIS)“ project is to develop a new decision support system, which enables the management of the non-commodity products of today, such as ESS and biodiversity, as “products” of agricultural activities with an economic value. DAKIS will introduce a flexible work oganisation that will enable resource efficient sustainable production controlled by market and societal demand and cooperation among farms. This will be achieved via the use of real-time digital information systems, and autonomous, interlinked, small-scale robots. By the end of the project, a proto-type of the DAKIS will be delivered, which will demonstrate the feasibility and beneficial effects of diversified small-scale land use in two test regions in Brandenburg and Bavaria.

In DAKIS different information will be bundled. First, landscape data collected by satellites and sensors will be transferred to the database in real time, supplemented by market data and information from computer models based on it. Farmers can then use these data to make important decisions for their farms. In this context, new communication channels will be established for cooperation between farmers, consumers and society in order to achieve increased ESS and biodiversity throughout the region.

The research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which provides 7.4 million euros over five years.

Fraunhofer ISI develops long-term paths for the future development of DAKIS and set the specification for the elements and functions of DAKIS. Based on the results of the visioning process already carried out in which an joint long-term vision was developed with project partners and core players, the development potential of DAKIS will be analysed. This will produce not only different development paths with corresponding options, research tasks and questions, but also specific requirements of the DAKIS.

Research questions are:

  • What chances and risks for farming will result from trends in research and technological development, society, the economy and the environment?
  • What general outline conditions and external influences for future developments in farming (in the regions) are relevant?
  • What requirements will be made of the DAKIS as a result of analysing the outline conditions?


03/2019 – 02/2024


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


  • Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V. (project coordination)
  • Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP)
  • Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE)
  • Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie (ATB) e. V.
  • Universität Bonn
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI)
  • Hochschule Osnabrück