GODAN Newsletter - Winter 2017

GODAN network reaches 450 partners

GODAN is pleased to announce it has surpassed the 450 partner milestone mark - and continues to grow its strong global open data partnership network.

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Soil Data Working Group now launched

A new working group on soil data, in cooperation with the Research Data Alliance and the Global Soil Partnership has now been launched. The working group was initially conceptualized during GODAN Summit 2016, responding to a large interest from inside and outside the GODAN community of practitioners and stakeholders.

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APAN plans workshop with GODAN on open data and interoperability

The  Agricultural Working Group of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) and GODAN are planning a session on "Open data and Interoperability" for the next APAN meeting in August of this year.

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OPEN SKIES - GODAN Documentary Web Series - Episode 5

OPEN SKIES tells the story of Andrew, a farmer from Allington U.K. whose family has taken advantage of new tools and technology that allow them to easily view satellite data of their land, which has been opened up the European Space Agency. 

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New! Attend "Building Synergies in Capacity Development" at IGAD Pre-Conference Meeting

There are many synergies in capacity development activities undertaken by RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) and Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). Both initiatives aim to explore closer collaborations during the IGAD pre-conference meeting  that will be held at the Faculty of Library and Information Science of the University of Barcelona on April 3-4 2017 prior to the upcoming 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, on April 5-7, 2017.

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2016 Revised Governance Report

Following the recent GODAN Donor Steering Committe Meeting held in November 2016 between the GODAN Secretariat and donors, the revised GODAN Governance paper was approved and is now released.

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New contest: Women's Health and Gender Equality

Journalists in six African countries -- South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria -- can win a fully paid study tour to major United States newsrooms as part of a new impactAFRICA reporting contest.

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Energy from Waste Conference 2017

Energy from Waste 2017 is the foremost event for the international waste to energy sector, providing a valuable opportunity to hear from industry experts, and make contacts and do business with top-level, informed decision-makers. 

Book now and join more than 200 attendees to discover the latest technological breakthroughs and changing strategic directions of the global waste to energy sector.

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Third PAFO Ordinary General Assembly

This high-level PAFO event will take place in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 19-20, 2017.

The PAFO Assembly will bring together the leaders and delegates of the five African Farmers’ Organizations networks members from Eastern Africa (EAFF), Central Africa (PROPAC), Western Africa (ROPPA), Southern Africa (SACAU) and Northern Africa (UMNAGRI).

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Open invitation to participate at IGAD pre-conference meeting in Barcelona, April 2017

On behalf of the Research Data Alliance (RDA),  Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IDAG) and GODAN, we are pleased to invite you to the IGAD pre-conference meeting that will be held April 3-4, 2017 at the Faculty of Library and Information Science of the University of Barcelona. The event will take place before the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, April 5-7, 2017.

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OPEN CLIMATE - GODAN Documentary Web Series - Episode 4

Rice farming yields have declined in recent years in Colombia and climate change is suspected as the cause. Farmers, producers and scientists are now coming together to open up agriculture data sets to improve the problem.

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GODAN-NASA Europa Student Challenge Announcement

With support from the NASA Europa Challenge, GODAN is pleased to announce the launch of a Local Farming Challenge! We want to bring together researchers and students to find solutions for local farming in growing cities, using open agriculture and nutrition data.

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GODAN Action: contribute to a global map of agri-food data standards!

As announced at the GODAN Summit, the GODAN Action project has published a global map of standards relevant to the exchange of agriculture and nutrition data. The GODAN Action partners are now calling on their network of experts to contribute to this new global map.

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