IBM Cloud is collaborating with the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD) of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the initial locus of CODATA Kenya.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology: Sharing knowledge with the wider community to improve public health and solve social challenges
By building an open cloud data platform that academics and social entrepreneurs can use to access research datasets and build innovative mobile applications, JKUAT is able to preserve the value of its data and encourage the development of solutions for social and economic challenges across Kenya.
‘“We wanted to maximize the value of our datasets—both to save money and, crucially, to encourage innovation and collaboration in the wider community,” says Professor Wafula. “For example, we knew that improving research and knowledge in areas such as nutrition would be important in enhancing the health of Kenyans—many of whom also need to maximize limited resources when it comes to buying the best food for their families.
“If we could take our data outside the confines of academia and allow developers and social entrepreneurs to harness it, we hoped that they would start building applications to use this information for the public good.”
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