Alena Rybkina: Candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee and CODATA Vice President

This is the thirteen in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Alena Rybkina is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as CODATA Vice President.  She was nominated by Russia, IUGG.

Dr. Alena Rybkina is the deputy director of the Geophysical center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GC RAS).

She has been serving on the position of the CODATA executive committee member since 2014, secretary general of the Russian National committee and co-opted member of the Union Commission on Data and Information (UCDI). She was an active member of the CODATA Task Group “Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability” and co-authored the “Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field”.

She took part in a number of the international and national projects including programs of Ministry of education and science, Russian scientific foundation, Foundation for basic research. She is an active member of the RAS Committee on System Analysis that serves as the Russian NMO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

She is experienced in the organization of international and national events devoted to promotion of data science in Russia and other countries. In particular she was the principal organizer of the conferences “Electronic Geophysical Year: State of the Art and Results” in 2009, Pereslavl-Zalessky, “Artificial Intelligence in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Study. INTERMAGNET Russian Segment” in 2011, Uglich. “Geophysical Observatories, Multifunctional GIS and Data Mining” in 2013, Kaluga. “Data Intensive System Analysis for Geohazard Studies” in 2016, Sochi. In 2017 she initiated CODATA regional conference “Global challenges and data-driven science”. The Conference brought together leading data scientists, data managers and specialists as well as Big Data experts from more than 35 countries. Such international event provides higher visibility of the existed studies and face the community with the new goals. Growing utilitarian importance of science diplomacy is reflected in various international science activities and CODATA international conference in Saint Petersburg played important role in this dimension.

For the last decades, Alena has been working in the field of data collection, data mining and visualization. She a specialist in implementation of modern information and visualization technologies in the research and industrial domain. Among principal goals is the development of the spherical projection system and software aimed at visualization of various geo data sets and popularization of the Earth sciences and its implementation within scientific and educational organizations in Russia and abroad. Her research background is geology with the focus on the reconstruction of the paleo environment. She took part in geological expeditions in Russia, Ukraine, France and Italy to collect geomagnetic data.

On the position of the Vice-President she will be aimed in promotion of efficient global collaboration for improved knowledge, understanding of the earth system and sustainable development. Her experience in scientific management will help to build an effective system for integrating and managing research needs. She will focus on the visibility of current and future CODATA projects through global research community. Among the principal goals is an involvement of a new national members and support from stakeholders. Effective data science dialog should be established between nations and continents and CODATA should be recognized as a new platform for future collaboration.

The merger of ICSU and the ISSC require a strategic overview of the current CODATA activities to build an effective system for global collaboration in data science.

Pamela Maras: Candidacy for CODATA Executive Committee

This is the twelveth in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Pamela Maras is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as an ordinary member.  She was nominated by IUPsyS.

Professor Pam Maras (CSci, CPsychol, FBPS)

Professor Pam Maras is the President of Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) which is a full member of the International Science Council.

CODATA is important as a scientific committee of ICSU in promoting “the effective exploitation of data as the single most important international issue of “policy for science””. CODATA is in a unique position at the pivotal tine of the inaugurated International Science Council (ISC) as the global body to represent international science in all its forms in the promotion and dissemination of science. The ethical and open access of ‘big data’ including for public good is essential in the fast changing environment and can only really be achieved through geographic and disciplinary collaboration, that includes all areas of the science community (represented in ISC) and in all regions of the world.  A challenge for us, is to ensure that scientists collectively ‘buy in’ to processes including for data that are less easy to curate generated from the social sciences. It is this area that Professor Maras would offer expertise.

As a psychologist Professor Maras’ contribution if elected would be in relation to human behavior; both of the scientists likely to draw on ‘big data’ and the outcomes of research drawing on ‘big data’ including in areas of interdisciplinary relevance.  Professor Maras has expertise directly relevant to the impact of large data, and the development and implementation of policy and its adoption in an ethical manner. This can only really be effectively and achieved with integrity if common process for curation, storage and inclusion are not only designed but adopted; the latter is likely to be as hard or harder than the former and requires a shared understanding and commitment to act which can only be achieved by cooperation and agreed compromise.

Pam Maras is Professor in Social and Educational Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, U.K., where she holds a senior leadership position (including as Chair of the University Ethics Committee and in international collaborations). She researches and publishes in the applied area of social inclusion; particularly in relation to children and young people’s self-concept, social identity, learning and behavior across the world. Her publications included in the UK national assessment of research excellence in 2014 (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) were independently rated as internationally excellent or outstanding. She has attracted considerable personal research funding and has research collaborations including in Africa, Australasia, China, Europe (including France, Nederland, Spain and Italy), the Nordic Countries (including Norway) North and Latin America and SE Asia.

Professor Maras has international leadership experience outside of her employed post, she has  held elected positions in the British Psychological Society (BPS) including as President where she  led the portfolio for international links, during which time she forged links with other associations leading to memoranda of understanding as a means of ensuring collective activity in Europe and more widely. As a member of the IUPsyS leadership team for international capacity building for eight years.  Professor Maras has taken a principled approach to the involvement of geographic regions in setting their own agenda. This has included work in Eastern Europe, the ASEAN region, the Caribbean and Latin America, having been involved in activity leading to declarations of regional collaboration in the Caribbean and Africa.

My new experience in Italy at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

This post was written by Neema Mduma. Neema recently attended the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, hosted at ICTP, near Trieste, Italy. Her participation was kindly supported by AFDB.

This post is a syndicated copy of the one at

My PhD journey has been great so far, apart from the sleepless nights (totally worth it though!). Last year I attended different events in USA, it was a great exposure, and I enjoyed both the scientific and the social programmes. I was looking forward to find new opportunities and travel elsewhere to learn new experience and extend my existing network.In June, 2018 I received an invitation to attend the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School which was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The summer school was held from 6th to 17th August, 2018 with the aim on building competence in data analysis and security for participants from all disciplines and backgrounds from Sciences to Humanities.The level of engagement and interaction between participants and instructors in this summer school was outstanding, helpers were always there to provide technical assistance. I was exposed to useful Machine Learning techniques that I will apply in my ongoing study. The Executive Director of CODATA, Simon Hodson presented to us various opportunities such as CODATA journal and many others.

This summer school gave me an opportunity to extend my networks with other academics and experts in the field of Machine Learning. Additionally, I had a chance to experience new culture and explore new places like Rome, Venice and Ljubljana. Sadly, I was the only participant from Tanzania, so I encourage my fellow Tanzanians to apply for calls and seize opportunities in Data Science workshops and summer schools. Lastly, I would like to thank the organisers of the summer school for making it a great success, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the financial support.

Jianhui LI: Candidacy for CODATA Vice President

This is the eleventh in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Jianhui LI is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as a Vice President.  He was nominated by China, PASTD, LODGD, USA.

Dr. Jianhui Li is the department director of Computer Network information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a Professor and PhD Supervisor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, an Ordinary Member of the Executive Committee of CODATA (2014-2016,2016-2018). He has worked on data infrastructure, data management and data-intensive computing since 1999, and has led the scientific data infrastructure development and open data activities in CAS for more than 10 years.

He has been always promoted the implementation of open data principles, data policies and put them into real practices as well. In 2017, He launched China’s first national-level large-scale survey on data sharing, which helped MOST formulate the first national policy on scientific data management and openness in China. To nourish a local data sharing culture among the Chinese research community, he launched a bilingual open-access data journal China Scientific Data (, together with the data repository ScienceDB( Moreover, he is a very active data scientist and leader in advancing the frontiers of data sciences. He is in charge of the development of the CAS Scientific Data Cloud for Big Data Analysis and Large Scale Data-Intensive Scientific Research. He is now leading the development of one scientific big data management system funded by the National Key R&D Plan, and serves as co-chair of the technology working group in the CASEarth Programme( ) – a CAS Strategic Pioneer Research and Development Programme mainly focusing on building a global big data network to study Earth and support research on climate change, as well as to predict and mitigate natural disasters.

He has severed as Secretary General of CODATA-China for 10 years and organized a serial of successful international and domestic activities, including China-US Roundtable on Scientific Data, Training workshop for Developing Countries on Scientific Data, and National Scientific Data Conference. He initiated the International Training Workshop for Developing Countries on Scientific Data, sponsored jointly by CAS, CODATA and CODATA-CHINA. The training workshop has been held four times in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017, which attracted more than 80 participants from over 20 developing countries involved. The Annual National Scientific Data Conference is another event initiated in 2014 and now is the most important national academic conference on scientific data in China, providing a friendly platform for exploring the frontiers of data science and exchanging knowledge and experiences among thousands of scientists. He has been working as a member of CODATA EC since 2014, and making contributions for CODATA Strategy and its implementation.

With his extensive experience in national and international data activities and outstanding research on data science, scientific data management and sharing, he will continue to help CODATA carry out its mission, objectives and key initiatives as articulated in the Strategic Plan, especially make contributions on data policy, data management and data science.

Ernie Boyko: Candidacy for CODATA Executive Committee

This is the tenth in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Ernie Boyko is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as an ordinary member.  He was nominated by Canada, Israel, South Africa, TGFC.

Ernie Boyko is an agricultural economist with extensive experience in data development, data dissemination and research data management.

His wide experience at Canada’s national statistics agency, Statistics Canada, involved working at senior levels in a variety of areas including agriculture statistics, corporate planning, electronic dissemination, census operations and library and information services.

As an advocate for data access, his crowning achievement at Statistics Canada was the creation of the Data Liberation Initiative with Wendy Watkins from Carleton University.  This program allowed affordable access to all public microdata and aggregate files for the first time to post-secondary institutions.  It has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with 79 institutional members.    DLI has been cited internationally as a model program for statistical institutions.

Ernie was involved in several assignments with the World Bank and OECD’s PARIS21 projects.  This involved work in several African and Asian counties in data development for agriculture and dissemination and data management policies for statistical agencies.   He was able to put his Statistics Canada and international experience to use while spending a decade as an Adjunct Data Librarian at Carleton University where he taught the basics of research data management to faculty and graduate student researchers.

Mr. Boyko is a past president of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) an organization he has been part of for nearly 30 years.  This has given him exposure to the challenges of social science data services.  It was under this umbrella that he was part of a working group that developed a metadata standard, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI).  DDI is now widely used as a standard for documenting research data.  In 2018, IASSIST presented Ernie with a lifetime achievement award for his work.

Ernie has been involved with CODATA for a decade, serving as an observer, a member and currently the Chair of the Canadian National Committee for CODATA.   As chair, he is leading a project that will realign the emphasis of the national committee with the new CODATA constitution’s focus on research data management.    The creation of the International Science Council through the merger of ICSU and the ISSC has led CODATA to focus more squarely on research data management and outreach.  The goal of the current work of the Canadian committee is to develop a process that will allow reporting on the status of RDM in Canada in a way that facilitates international comparisons.

His varied experience stands Ernie in good stead to help meet the challenges faced by CODATA in its transitions to being part of the International Science Council. It is hoped that Canada’s RDM project will be of interest to other countries, thus enabling a broader understanding of the state of research data for the benefit of science.

Open Consultancy – Development of interactive tools to support the use of data collected by Major Groups and other Stakeholders to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


The availability and access to high-quality, timely, and reliable data, disaggregated by relevant characteristics and supplemented with necessary contextual information for its interpretation and use, is fundamental to the successful implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. National Statistical Systems, however, face many challenges not only in producing statistics to fill data gaps in national, regional and global SDG indicator frameworks, but also in integrating and making the vast amounts of existing SDG-related data and information accessible to decision makers in a meaningful way.

Different actors are often able to contribute timely and disaggregated data on specific issues, geographies or groups, which can supplement and provide additional context to understand the data on official statistical indicators at the national and global levels (such as data on informal settlements or needs in specific communities). Therefore, several important initiatives are being undertaken by National Statistical Offices in coordination with other members of national statistical systems, and in partnership with international and regional organizations and stakeholders from civil society, academia, and the private sector, to integrate new data sources into the production and dissemination of official statistics for sustainable development.

The UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals’ (DSDG) ongoing EU grant entitled “SD2015: delivering on the promise of the SDGs”  seeks to  strengthen and support Major Groups and other Stakeholders’ (MGoS) engagement, including by strengthening their capacity to monitor and contribute to the 2030 Agenda.

Major Groups and other Stakeholders play an important role in reporting on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. MGoS are often able to contribute timely and disaggregated data on specific issues, geographies or groups, which can supplement and provide additional context to understand the data on official statistical indicators at the national and global levels.

Citizen-generated data, as well as data produced by such constituencies as the private sector and local authorities, faces complex challenges in being integrated and used to support monitoring and decision- making to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it is often difficult to find and link these supplementary data sources, due to discrepancies in the metadata structures and vocabularies used to describe and organize their content, as well as the lack of adherence to common technical and statistical standards. These challenges counter disaggregation, and lead to lower visibility and use of existing data sources that could be leveraged by governments to help fill in monitoring gaps for the SDGs.

Currently, there is no common framework to structure, aggregate, and give visibility to innovative data sources which can be leveraged by policy makers, analysts, and the general public to help implement and monitor progress towards the SDGs.


Building on the UN Statistics Division’s existing work in providing guidance towards the use of common data standards to monitor the SDGs, the project aims to provide a common framework and guidelines to improve the visibility, interoperability and usability of supplementary sources of data on sustainable development to complement the work of national statistical offices, consequently raising overall awareness on progress towards the SDGs. Use of semantic web tools will be employed to address the needs for a lightweight data-interchange format across the web

Work Assignment

The Consultant will perform the following duties:

  • Review existing prototypes of SDG data ontology and other related vocabularies (e.g., UN- BIS Thesaurus)
  • Draft a document with guidelines for the implementation of linked-data on statistical data provided through a web API, and for digital text exposed through web documents
  • Draft a document with general guidelines for the consumption of the SDG linked
  • Develop an application to pilot the collection and integration of multiple alternative data sources in one

Duration of contract

The proposed duration of the contract is for 3 months starting in November 2018.

Duty Station or Location of Assignment

The consultant is not required to work in a UN office, but must be available for regular phone and web conference meetings with DSDG, UNSD and project partners during office hours. Travel or commute time to and from the United Nations Headquarters, as well as related expenses, are not part of the consultancy.


The Consultant is not required to travel for the performance of the assignment.

Expected outputs*

The consultant will develop the following deliverables:

  • The following set of on-line guidelines (to be delivered in the form of GitHub wiki pages, Jupyter notebook(s) or similar on-line documents):
    • Guidelines for the practical implementation of semantic web standards (JSON_LD, microdata or any other linked data artifact) to achieve the greatest exposure of SDG statistical data, using unique URIs defined in various publicly available ontologies and
    • General guidelines for the consumption of the SDG linked (to be delivered in a word document)
  • An application to pilot the collection and integration of multiple alternative data sources with official SDG statistics in one This application will use the linked data infrastructure created to connect nontraditional data sources with official statistical data.

Delivery dates of output

  • First progress report submitted by 15 December 2018
  • Second progress report submitted by 15 January 2018
  • All outputs submitted by 15 February 2019.

Performance indicators

  • Timely delivery of all components specified;
  • Quality of the documentation and tutorials developed;
  • Effectiveness of solution provided on an architectural level;
  • Timely preparation of all activities and regular progress updates;


  • Fluency in English
  • An advanced degree in the field of data or information science or related fields
  • A minimum of five years of working experience on information science including experience in the use of linked data and semantic web
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of linked data projects using common linked data standards, such as RDFa, JSON_LD, Mircodata or other linked data technologies
  • Familiarity with the N. Sustainable Development Goals and monitoring framework
  • Knowledge of Agile methodology is desirable

Interested Applicants

Please send your CV, Cover Letter and financial proposal (daily fee) by 19 October 2018 to:

Ms. Nan Jiang, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; +19173674426

Humans of Data 26

“What motivates me to keep going is teaching people who are going to keep this going after us. Managing data will find its place in the world.  I don’t mean analytics, I mean taking care of the data so that people can run legitimate analytics.

It annoys me just now – a lot of these data science and data analytics programs, they’re all about statistics, visualisation, analysis, but very little about actually curating the data underneath. Not to say that data curators don’t need to know a little bit about analysis but people who do data science in the business environment, they often don’t know much about curation.  People working for businesses, they complain that they spend 80% of their time cleaning data and without that, the data wasn’t usable. But I feel like saying, ‘If you hired data curators you wouldn’t have to deal with that problem!’”

Daisy Selematsela: Candidacy for CODATA Executive Committee

This is the ninth in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Daisy Selematsela is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as an ordinary member.  She was nominated by PASTD TG.

Daisy Selematsela holds a PhD and is Professor of Practice of Information and Knowledge Management of the University of Johannesburg. She has a combined 27 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector and within the National System of Innovation (NSI). She serves as mentor for emerging researchers in interdisciplinary areas and an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Library, Information Science and Knowledge Management.

Daisy serves on a number scientific bodies and also as an editorial board member of the South African Journal of Library and Information Science (SAJLIS) and the Global Change Research Data Publishing and Repository and a reviewer of several programs.

She serves on a number of national boards and Advisory Councils. Internationally she is a member of Board of Directors of ORCID (represent EMEA – East Asia, Middle East and Africa) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

Daisy has served the then ICSU and CODATA on a number of forums, contributed to position papers, co-ordinated workshops, chaired conference sessions and made numerous local and international presentations on areas related to CODATA objectives. She has served CODATA in the following areas:

  • Data Science Journal Review – corresponding Editor 2009
  • Served as ex-officio member of the South African National Committee for CODATA for 11 years.
  • World Data Centre on Biodiversity and Human Health prototype proposal and hosting;
  • Executive member: International Council for Science Union (ICSU SCID) ad Hoc Committee on Information and Data in 2007.
  • Chair: International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science & Technology (ICSU: CODATA) Task Group on Data Sources for Sustainable Development in SADC 2007 -2011.
  • Executive member: (ICSU EDC Panel) International Science Union World Data Centre Panel2008.
  • Member: CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries. Co-chairs: CODATA – WDS joint subgroup 2011 to date.

She was part of the Founding and Executive Members of the International Data Forum (IDF) 2007-2010. Instrumental in the formulation of Statement on Open Access for grant funding; Statement on ORCID ID and Predatory Publishing.

She holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Johannesburg; a Fellow of the Higher Education Resource Service for Women in Higher Education (HERS) South Africa and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, USA. Acknowledged with the Knowledge Management Award in 2016 by the World Education Congress.


Muliaro Wafula: Candidacy for CODATA Executive Committee

This is the eighth in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections at the General Assembly to be held on 9-10 November in Gaborone, Botswana, following International Data Week. Muliaro Wafula is a candidate for the CODATA Executive Committee as an ordinary member.  He was nominated by Kenya and Agriculture TG.

I am a Kenyan nationality who has served Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for 25 years. I am currently a member and the Chair of CODATA Kenya. I hold the following additional responsibilities:

  1. Chair, Technical Advisory Board of the Africa Open Science Platform Project funded by the South African government’s department, Science and Technology (DST), the International Science Council (ISC) and CODATA. (
  2. Member editorial board of the Data Science Journal (;
  3. Member editorial board of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development;
  4. Chair, Innovative Open Data and Visualization Sub-taskforce of the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project sponsored by JICA;
  5. Chair, Training committee of the National Industrial Training Authority-Kenya ( ;
  6. Member, committee of the United Nations SDGs Agricultural and Climate Change Pillars of Kenya.
  7. Member, CODATA Data Policy Committee

I am currently the founder Director for the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data at JKUAT. I coordinate all ICT related Memorandum of Understanding between JKUAT and partners. I have served in the past as the ICT Director for 5 years and director of the Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology for 4 years.

I hold B.Sc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), M.Sc Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Programme (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT).

I am a recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT that has enabled JKUAT to be a frontier on building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development that enable JKUAT train and professionally certify a large number of application developers. I lead training on Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security, and Blockchain Technology.

I am professionally certified in various fields including Cyber Security, Mobile Application, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management System, Leadership and Management Capacity Development, Sage Accpac ERP Financial and Operations Management Systems, and ISO 9001:2000 on Quality Management Systems.

I am a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. I have published a book see link at  and several research papers in peer reviewed international journals. I have attended and participated in several data science, big data and open data trainings, workshops and conferences.

I am an Associate Professor of the Department of Computing at JKUAT and Director of the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD). As the director of iCEOD, accomplished the following key activities in line with CODATA objectives:

  1. Development and implementation of the JKUAT Open Research Data (JORD) Policy. This policy is now regarded as a frontier in Kenya and a reference for other research institutions to spur data revolution in Kenya and the region;
  2. Won the Kenya Open Data Champion Award 2017, thus promoting open science and data practices.
  3. Orghanized and hosted an international Data, Information and Scientific Visualization Conference in August 2018, called VizAfrica 2018
  4. Designed and implementing a cloud-based value chain open data platform developed based on FAIR open data principles and standards in order to promote research data storage, preservation, sharing and reuse. The platform aims at:
  1. Promoting conformity to the open data principles, policies and standards.
  2. Linking and be linked to other open data platforms
  3. Offering data analytic and visualization tools
  4. Supporting and enable ICT Policies and strategies research for open development at postgraduate level.
  5. Enabling use of research data to accelerate achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya and the region
  6. Establishing a call centre
  7. Creating an ecosystem of strictly research data.

The establishment of iCEOD played a leading role in getting JKUAT declared by the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, as the ICT Centre of Excellence for the Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP) see link that involves Kenya, Uganda. Rwanda and Southern Sudan.

If elected as a member of committee of CODATA, I will continue to promote CODATA activities and goals. I will contribute to the strategy of increasing CODATA national membership through the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation see link at  community that is hosted at my university JKUAT. Now that I am engaged in open data and data science research, and also having the experience of leading JKUAT to develop and implement both the open research data policy (JORD) and an open data platform, see link at , I am ready to share lessons learnt and possible best practices to be adopted through offering technical advice to CODATA community that need it. I am currently supervising postgraduate PhD students researching on open data and data science solutions towards achievement of SDGs in developing countries.

I am developing the Africa Open Science Framework that will guide African countries and institutions to develop open science polices. The Framework will be ready by November 2018 for launch during the International Data Week in Botswana.


DRR and Open DATA newsletter- October Edition

It’s our pleasure to share the October Edition of DRR and Open DATA newsletter on behalf of Disaster DATA Working Group of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme of ICSU/UNISDR, CODATA task group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD), Sustainable Development Solution Network, Public Health England and Tonkin and Taylor.  

This is a monthly Newsletter based on latest data driven disaster risk reduction information news, publications and upcoming events collected from all DRR and DATA networks.

Read the full issue here