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Data Initiatives in Africa – Opportunities and Challenges for Research and Sustainable Development

The World Data System (WDS) in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD:, the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble (OSUG : and with support from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO: hosted a 2-day exploratory meeting on 12–13 April 2017 hosted at the OSUG in Grenoble. 

The goals of this meeting were two-fold: firstly, to provide WDS with an opportunity to learn about the many data initiatives in Africa—including those led by IRD—and to understand the associated opportunities and challenges, and secondly to discuss how WDS can support these initiatives for example with the certification of data repositories and data networks. 

The proposed meeting structure allowed participants to present the initiatives in which they are involved, and learn about the work of WDS. Most of the time was spent in open discussion about ways to move forward together.

Slides of presentations

  1. Presentation of the OSUG, Michel Dietrich
  2. Responsible Citizenship of the Data World and African GRDI PerspectivesWim Hugo
  3. WDS Membership and functionsMustapha Mokrane
  4. Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Certification, Ingrid Dillo
  5. AMMA-CATCH: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Coupling the Tropical Atmosphere and the Hydrological CycleSylvie Galle
  6. WASCAL: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Belko Diallo
  7. Harnessing the data evolution and the technological breakthroughs in agricultural research in KenyaBoniface Akuku
  8. African Open Science Platform, Susan Veldsman
  9. Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-use (SASSCAL)Joerg Helmschrot
  10. Group on Earth Observations: AfriGEOSS, Andiswa Mlisa
  11. Building a Sustainable Open Metadata Repository in African Universities: UI-NADA–University of Ibadan Data ArchiveOlayide Emmanuel
  12. Presentation of the Tensift Observatory, Jamal Ezzahar
  13. Coastal Waters Programme (MARC): Observation and Measurements for Sustainable Management Tools, Issa Sakho
  14. Institute of Geological and Mining Research, Henriette Massussi


  1. NASA / SERVIR - West Africa: Mapping to Improve Climate Change Adaptation Investments in East Africa, and Méthodologie d’interprétation affinée pour détecter et suivre les conditions de développement précoce du criquet pélerin à partir de la télédétection à très haute résolution spatiale et temporelle, Emil Cherrington
  2. West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Program (WA BiCC), Kenan Mogultay
  3. Applying generic Cirad research data life cycle to specific domains: Geospatial data and challenges to integrate geospatial with other domain-specific datasets (socio economic), Pascal Bonnet
  4. West African Observatory on small mammals as indicator of environmental changes (ObsMiCE)Ambroise Dalecky
  5. Coastal Waters Programme (MARC): Observation and Measurements for Sustainable Management ToolsIssa Sakho
  6. Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-use (SASSCAL), Joerg Helmschrot
  7. Geospatial Data Initiatives in Ghana (CERSGIS), Foster Mensah
  8. An overview of the H3Africa data archiveZiyaad Parke
  9. Senegal National Geomatics Plan, Amadou Diaye


When 09:00 AM, 12 Apr 2017–04:00 PM, 13 Apr 2017
Where Grenoble, France
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