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Webinar 8: Data management Plan

The eighth webinar in the CODATA Connect Series on Research Skills, took place on 20th January 2021.

  • Prof Muliaro Wafula, Associate Professor, Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

The recording is available below from Vimeo or in the CODATA GoToWebinar Channel.

Date: Wednesday, 20th January 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon GMT
Duration: 40 min session and 15 min Question Answers (Total 1 hour)

Registration Link:

This Webinar is about why we need to embrace development and use of data management plans (DMP) to guarantee production and supply of quality data. The importance and value  of a DMP are in its use as an instrument for the following: capturing quality metadata and data; implementing data policies; complying with funders and publishers requirements; preventing occurrence of data disasters;  enabling research collaboration; supporting open science and citizen science; and enhancing research careers.

The webinar discusses key components of a comprehensive DMP and suggests how to formulate a DMP. It discusses the link between metadata and data and how it affects the quality of data, and its use and reuse in the data ecosystem. The need to conduct a complexity analysis based on CFTER factors along a proposed data value chain model shall be discussed. The DMP issues that will be considered include: IT costs; storage and backup; best practices; data licensing; data preservation; and self-assessment instruments. 

Prof Muliaro Wafula the presenter has contributed to the development of Nature Masterclasses online course on Managing Research Data that could be of help to early career researchers.

Other examples of DMPs recommended and relevant to the webinar include:,

Name of the Speaker:Prof Muliaro Wafula
Designation: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Prof Joseph Muliaro Wafula holds a BSc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), MSc. Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Program (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT). He is certified by IBM as a Mobile Application Developer, Cyber Security expert and Data Engineer.

Resend consultancies undertaken include: Review of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility’s activities and accomplishments; Development of an African Policy Framework and Policy Roadmap for Open Science and Open Data’; Performing Skills Audit and development of strategies to fill the gaps in Northern Corridor Integrated Project (NCIP) Member States-Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.

A collaborator on Melinda and Gates Foundation award 2017 for developing a Blockchain-based Vaccines Supply Chain Management Application. Recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT for building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development. Won the Kenya Open Data Champion Award of 2016. Member of the Global Challenges Research Fund/ ESRC Strategic Network on Digital Development: Leveraging Data Science and Digital Participatory Practice for Development Impact (2017-2018) and a Co-convinor of a network bringing together 29 participants (academics, NGOs and business partners) from 13 countries to develop joint cutting-edge research agendas. Member of Immunization Technical Working Group.

He is an elected Executive Member of CODATA International. He is a member of the editorial board of the Data Science Journal.

He is a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has published book chapters, a book and research papers in peer reviewed international journals. Lead Author of the African Open Science Policy Framework- A guide for African States on Open Science Policies and Practices. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at JKUAT.