There are many synergies in capacity development activities undertaken by the RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) and the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN). Both initiatives aim to explore closer collaborations during the IGAD pre-conference meeting at the University of Barcelona on April 3-4, 2017 prior to the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, to be held on April 5-7, 2017.
More than 100 data experts from more than 35 countries have already registered to the IGAD pre-meeting where the participants will be briefed about ongoing activities of IGAD Working Groups (WGs) and will convey new ideas through the proposals for future work. Among many points of discussion, the IGAD pre-meeting will be also the springboard for the official launching of the Joint Building Synergies in Capacity Development Discussion Group, in the context of research data in agriculture and their potential contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion group will be co-chaired by Isaura Lopes Ramos, CTA's Project coordinator, Global Open Data for Impact and capacity development on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN Action) project, and Suchith Anand (GODAN).
This event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to provide multidisciplinary inputs about best practices into the curriculum development process with the objective to expand the societal impact of open agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can also benefit.