The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
Jul 31

GODAN Action webinar: Data ecosystem mapping to support FAIR data principles

GODAN Action webinar: Data ecosystem mapping to support FAIR data principles

Event Overview

Creating a map of a data ecosystem can help us to understand and explain where and how the use of data creates value. A data ecosystem map can help to identify the key data stewards and users, the relationships between them and the different roles they play. Representing ecosystems in detailed maps can be particularly useful when contexts are complex, not well understood or not yet fully developed. 

This webinar discusses how a data ecosystem map can be used to describe how data is being shared across the Data Spectrum. Speakers show how a map can show how open data is being used to deliver a service, or how data is being shared in more limited ways. There are benefits to be gained not only from creating a map of a data ecosystem, but also from the process of drawing it. Mapping requires you to consider different actors, relationships and ideas in the system, and can generate useful insights and talking points. As a collaborative process it can build understanding of a data ecosystem across different stakeholders. The end product is useful as a communication tool to support engagement across the data ecosystem.

Ruthie Musker and Josh D’Addario discuss data ecosystem mapping and its applications in India and Ethiopia on agricultural data policy and practice.

  • Ruthie Musker is a project officer at CABI and manages the Gates-funded project "Enabling data access to support innovation in agriculture". She was previously Strategic Projects Lead at GODAN.
  • Josh D’Addario is a consultant at the ODI and the product owner for Data Ecosystem Mapping. He works across various aspects of the organisation with a focus on international development, R&D, and open banking. Josh has been using Data Ecosystem Mapping across a variety of industries and projects, from agriculture and healthcare, to finance and supply chain. He is currently working with CABI on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded programme on "Enabling data access to support innovation in agriculture".


  • 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.


    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.