The GODAN Action network will be delivering a new e-learning course on ‘Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition', available between the 13th November and 8th December 2017.
The course is open to infomediaries, policy makers, administrators, project managers, researchers and scientists working in the areas of agriculture and nutrition.
This e-learning course is the result of a collaboration between GODAN Action partners, including Wageningen Environmental Research, AgroKnow, AidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Course applications: 20 October – 5 November
Notification to successful applicants by 8th November
Course dates: 13 November – 8 December
This e-learning course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. One of the main learning objectives is for the course to be used widely within agricultural and nutrition knowledge networks, in different institutions. The course also aims to raise awareness of different types of data formats and uses, and to highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
Understand the principles and benefits of open data
Recognise the potential of using and publishing open data in agriculture and nutrition
Identify the steps to advocate for open data policies, in both public and private sectors
Be aware of the economical and social value of open data
Understand how and where to find open data
Identify benefits of using data creation, management and exchange widely-used good practices in agriculture and nutrition
Recognise the necessary steps to set up an open data repository
Understand how to advocate for the adoption of open data principles
Identify the principles to make data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable
Recognise the benefits and costs associated with exchanging meaningful open data
Understand the basics of copyright and database rights
Know how to assign licenses to data and how to respect licenses while using data
The course is provided in English and lasts for four weeks. It consists of five units as follows including 18 lessons. Participants are expected to spend eight hours weekly on average to complete readings and engage in activities such as online tutorials and webinars.
Unit I: Open Data Principles
Lesson 1: What is open data
Lesson 2: Ethics in open data lifeCycle
Unit II: Using Open Data
Lesson 1: Discovering open data
Lesson 2: Quality and provenance
Lesson 3: Data analysis and visualisation
Lesson 4: Open data in policy cycles
Lesson 5: Referencing data
Unit III: Making Data Open
Lesson 1: Managing data sets
Lesson 2: Managing dynamic datasets
Lesson 3: Creating and managing data repositories
Lesson 4: Advocate for capacity development
Lesson 5: Developing strategies for implementing open data plans
Unit IV: Sharing Open Data
Lesson 1: Guiding frameworks for data sharing
Lesson 2: Introduction to open data interoperability
Lesson 3: Structural and architectural interoperability
Lesson 4: Semantic interoperability
Lesson 4.1: Using published semantics for agronomic data
Unit V: Intellectual Property and Copyright
Lesson 1: Intellectual property rights
Lesson 2: Licensing
Course Assessment and Certification
The course lasts four weeks, with an end of course exam and course evaluation at the end.
Learners will take short quizzes, assignments and hands-on practices within the units.
Attendance of certificate is provided for those who passed the end of course exam with 60% success rate.
Certificate are only provided in electronic form in PDF.
How to register
Online registration is open until 5th November 2017.
Click here to register.
Successful applicants will be notified by email on 8th November 2017. The course will run from the 13th November to 8th December 2017.
Information for registered learners
The course will be delivered through the FAO e-learning platform. Selected participants will be provided with a username and password to login to the system.
Important announcements and upcoming event related to the course will be made here on this page.