Building Synergies in Capacity Development at IGAD Pre-Conference Meeting, RDA-9, Barcelona
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.
More than 100 data experts from more than 35 countries have already registered to the IGAD pre-meeting where the participants will be briefed about ongoing activities of IGAD Working Groups (WGs) and will convey new ideas through the proposals for future work.
Among many points of discussion, the IGAD pre-meeting will be also the springboard for the official launching of the Joint Building Synergies in Capacity Development Discussion Group, in the context of research data in agriculture and their potential contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion group will be co-chaired by Isaura Lopez Ramos (CTA) and Suchith Anand (GODAN).
The objective of this new group is to explore ideas for closer collaborations between RDA/IGAD - RDA/Geospatial IG - GODAN Capacity Development - CODATA and synergies to set up a Joint Curriculum WG with regard to education and training on Open Data in food and agricultural sciences.
This event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to provide multidisciplinary inputs about best practices into the curriculum development process with the objective to expand the societal impact of open agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can also benefit.