According to the OECD and other international organisations data has become the key infrastructure for 21st century knowledge society and economics. Data is a capital good that can and needs to be used across countries and societies for a theoretically unlimited range of purposes and therefore broad access to it will be crucial.
|Africa with its huge resources on the one hand and its grand challenges in climate change, food supply, health stability and many others needs to take an important role in the global efforts on improving data sharing and re-use.|
DIRISA (the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are organising a workshop on Improving Data Sharing and Re-Use in and for Africa on 2nd October 2016 in the realm of the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) 2016 . The ICRI conference is an opportunity to bring together African and RDA experts to present some key messages as well as to develop an understanding of regional data management and access needs in Africa. Experts active in RDA (Wim Hugo, Larry Lannom, Anwar Vahed, Peter Wittenburg) will introduce some major concepts that are seen as being crucial to improve open and long term access to data. Experts from various African countries are invited to present their views and needs with respect to improving the participation of Africa in global efforts to put data issues into focus. This workshop should be seen as a follow up to the meeting held in Nairobi in 2014 where, for the first time, African experts came together to talk about data.
Improving Data Sharing and Re-Use is key.
RDA, as a global bottom-up initiative, welcomes broad participation of experts.
Join the workshop and present your views.
Participation is free of charge, by invitation only.
For enquiries please contact either Anwar Vahed (avahed [at] csir.co.za) or Peter Wittenburg (peter.wittenburg [at] mpcdf.mpg.de)