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Madagascar Report from a High-Level Meeting on Environmental & Scientific Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

View the report by clicking here.

View the speech by the Minister by clicking here.

The mentioned report has been released on Monday 2 October 2017 by the following:

Mme NOASILALAONOMENJANAHARY Ambinintsoa Lucie
Point Focal National (PFN) du Réseau Africain des Informations Environnementales (RAIE)
PFN du GEO en Afrique
Membre du Groupe des Experts de haut niveau du GEO6
Membre du Comité Technique du Projet Africain sur les Données Ouvertes Scientifiques
Présidente de la Plateforme Nationale Femmes Développement Durable et Sécurité Alimentaire (PNFDDSA)

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Presentations (Slides) from the Madagascar International Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Welcome Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjahary, National Focal Point AfriGEOSS, Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests (MEEF), Member of AOSP Technical Advisory Board, Madagascar
Opening Speech Dr Ndahimananjara Johanita, Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests (MEEF), Madagascar
Introduction and Objectives of the Workshop: the Madagascar Context Chair: Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjahary 
Objectives and Output of the Workshop Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjahary
Draft Madagascar National Policy on Open Data Randriamaharo Andriamalala Mamy, Digital Governance Director, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development (MPTDD), Madagascar
SAFE City Rakotoniaina Jean Jacques Alphonse, Chief Operating Officer, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development (MPTDD), Madagascar
Overview of key data initiatives in Madagascar incl. policy, capacity building, incentives, infrastructure Rabeharivelo Ranto, Ecosystem and Digital Integration Director, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development (MPTDD), Madagascar
International Perspectives Chair: Paul Uhlir, Consultant on Information Policy & Management, USA
Overview of the International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA, France
Perspectives from the African Open Science Platform Project Ina Smith, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), South Africa
Capacity Building and Implementation Guidelines for Open Science (PASTD Task Group) Xiang Zhou, Co-Chair of CODATA PASTD, China
UNESCO Open Access Initiatives Mika Odido, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) Sub Commission for Africa, Kenya
Supporting Scientific Research for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa Daniel Nyanganyura, Regional Director, ICSU ROA, South Africa
USA Open Data Policy Liping Di, George Mason University, Senior Consultant of NASA on Spatial Information Technology, USA
Data Sharing In Africa Chair: Susan Veldsman, AOSP & ASSAf, South Africa
African Open Data Policies: Kenya Joseph Wafula, CODATA & Director: ICT Centre of Excellence & Open Data – iCEOD, JKUAT, Kenya
African Union of Conservationists Raymond Katebaka, General Secretary of the African Union of Conservationists (AUC), Uganda
Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Anita Loots, Associate Director, Square Kilometre Array (SKA), South Africa
UbuntuNet, KeNET, Cyberinfrastructure in Africa Meoli Kashorda, Executive Director, Kenya Education Network, Kenya
Building High Performance Computing Capabilities on the African continent Happy Sithole, Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa
Data Sharing in Madagascar Chair: Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjahary & Alisoa Razafitsara
National Inventory on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Madagascar Dr Michel Omer Laivao, National Office of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests (MEEF), Madagascar
Environment Didier Andriamparany, Information and Communication Officer, National Environment Office, Madagascar
Biodiversity Razafimpahanana Andriamandimbisoa, Director, Biodiversity of Madagascar Network (WCS), Madagascar
Meteo

 

Tatiana Arivelo, Director of the Researches and the Development of the Hydrometeorology, Madagascar
Disaster Management and Food Security M. Raonivelo Andrianianja, Director of the Etude, Reflexion, Veille and Orientation (CERVO) du BNGRC, Madagascar
African Agricultural Open Data in French Speaking Madagascar Mexin Andrianasolo, IT Manager of Scientific Information and Technical  Documentation Center, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR), Madagascar

 Wednesday 6 September 2017

TWAS-ROSSA Kholani Mbhiza, Liaison Officer, Academy of Science of SA, South Africa
Workshop Exercises to advance Madagascar’s Open Data Policy & Strategy Chair: Xiang Zhou, Co-Chair of CODATA PASTD, China
Introduction & Objectives Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA, France
Introduction to discussion topics:

1.     Data Policy Frameworks & Discussion (Paul Uhlir)

2.     Data Management Principles and Trusted Data Repositories

3.     Data Publishing and Incentives

Joseph Wafula, CODATA & Director: ICT Centre of Excellence & Open Data – iCEOD, JKUAT, Kenya & Paul Uhlir, Consultant on Information Policy & Management, USALynn Woolfrey, Manager, DataFirst, South Africa 

Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA, France

Parallel Roundtable Discussions:

1.     National Open Data Policy Framework

2.     Data Management Principles and Trusted Data Repositories

3.     Data Publishing and Incentives

Perspectives from the Workshop/Alisoa Razafitsara

Group discussions led by leads named above

Towards opening up research data from Madagascar

Madagascar generates a wealth of research data towards finding and informing sustainable solutions to environmental challenges faced nationally, but also globally. Valuable data intensive research is conducted in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, meteorology, disaster management, food security, agriculture, oceanography, and more. The Nairobi Principles for Data Sharing agreed upon in 2014 encouraged African countries to manage and preserve their data in a trusted and digital format. It was only now (in 2017) that Madagascar – through work done by CODATA PASTD and sharing the strategic vision of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project – was able to take the dialogue on making national research data openly available for all to benefit, to national level.

Eleven Madagascar ministers attended the High-level Meeting on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries on 4 September 2017, which was organized by the Madagascar Program Committee. The meeting was financially supported through the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project, and attended by the ASSAf project managers (Ina Smith & Susan Veldsman), and included a presentation by Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA. Following the welcome and presentation by Dr Hodson on setting the scene in terms of the sharing and alignment of data internationally, all participated in valuable dialogue on the advantages as well as concerns regarding opening up Madagascar research data funded with tax payers money. The Madagascar ministerial representatives indicated that an open data policy was indeed on the table, and that the workshop and training expected to follow, were to inform the direction forward.

During the Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries (5 & 6 September 2017) the Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World was represented to the participants. An overview of open data initiatives in Africa was shared, and a presentation on the African Open Science Platform was made. During the afternoon of 5 September various initiatives were shared from the Madagascar perspective. A workshop on 6 September informed next steps to take towards a Madagascar open data policy.

Although Madagascar faces many challenges, such as low Internet connectivity and limited access to electricity, researchers are optimistic. It is expected that Madagascar – also being one of the SKA partner countries – will benefit in terms of the ICT infrastructure which will follow from the SKA initiative.

Below: Government Officials who attended the High-Level Meeting on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries, Convened by the Madagascar Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Digital Development, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Economy and Planification, African Open Science Platform Project, CODATA and the CODATA PASTD Task Group, Prime Minister Palace Mahazoarivo, Madagascar

Below: Participants in the International Workshop on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries Convened by the Madagascar Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, the African Open Science Platform Project, CODATA and the CODATA PASTD Task Group, Hotel Carlton, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Below: Frederic Joel Ramarolahivonjitiana, Alisoa Razafitsara, Paul Uhlir, Simon Hodson, Liping Di, Xiang Zhou, Susan Veldsman, Ina Smith, Daniel Nyanganyura Not on photo: Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjahary. 

 

 

Madagascar Meetings on Environmental and Scientific Open Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries, 4 – 8 September 2017

To take the Madagascar Open Data agenda forward, PASTD CODATA has partnered with the African Open Science Platform Project and other key stakeholders to host a series of events, addressing environmental and scientific open data for sustainable development goals. The African Open Science Platform project is extremely proud of being part of this event.

Please register should you want to attend the workshop or training. Read more about this event.