Oct 1

GODAN Action MOOC: Open Data Management in Agriculture, Nutrition and Land

GODAN Action MOOC: Open Data Management in Agriculture, Nutrition and Land

Event Overview

This fourth MOOC in the GODAN Action online learning series focusses on open data management for land, agriculture and nutrition.

The GODAN Action team invites anyone handling data in their studies or work, in the areas of land, agriculture and nutrition, to apply for the course.

GODAN Action is a three year project to enable data users, producers and intermediaries to engage effectively with open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors. This e-learning course is being developed as part of the capacity development activities of the project, which aims to contribute to increased farmers’ yields, improved nutrition for consumers and better evidence-based policy making. Achieving such impacts requires that individuals, organisations, and communities feel confident in engaging with open data.

The curriculum consists of four units of Open Data Principles, Making Data Open, Sharing Open Data, and IPR and Licensing.

This free online course will last 3 weeks and is offered in English.

Participants are expected to spend on average eight hours per week completing lessons and engaging in activities such as discussion forums and webinars.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and benefits of open data
  • Understand ethics and responsible use of data
  • Identify the steps to advocate for open data policies
  • Recognise the necessary steps to set up an open data repository
  • Define the frameworks and FAIR data principles
  • Understand the basics of copyright and database rights
  • Apply open licenses to data.


  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • FAO

    Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.


    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.