The Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World presents an inclusive vision of the need for and the benefits of Open Data for science internationally, and in particular for Lower and Middle Income Countries, of which Madagascar is one. The development of a Madagascar open data agenda depends not only on the physical infrastructure for acquiring, curating and disseminating data and information, but also on protocols, policies and procedures in the science system that provide the structure and support to ensure that science objectives are achieved.
Madagascar has been an active role player and participant in environmental issues since 2005, and has been a GEO member since 17 November 2009. Madagascar activities so far include:
- Presentation and implementation of the GEO Workplan 2012-2015;
- Participation in the 2nd Decennal GEO Work Program 2016-2025;
- AfriGEOSS member;
- Participant in the African Open Science Platform project; and
- Launch of Madagascar Open Data Day.
The Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries, Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA-PASTD), established in 2002, has provided a much-needed focus on data preservation and archiving practices of developing countries. 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, including:
- Promoting strategy, policy and institutional guidelines for implementation of open data principles;
- Providing an interdisciplinary forum for enhancing capacity building and sharing best practice;
- Advancing data publishing; and
- Enhancing data re-use and repositories in support of sustainable development in Madagascar.
The high-level meeting on 4 September 2017 will be followed by a workshop on 5 and 6 September, addressing data sharing in Africa and specifically Madagascar, international perspectives on data sharing, and discussions on ways to advance Madagascar’s Open Data Policy & Strategy. The training on 7 and 8 September will address data sharing and re-use principles within specific disciplines.
Please complete the registration form to attend. Registrations closed on 18 August 2017
Participants are responsible for funding their own travels/attendance/accommodation/flights.
- High-Level Meeting 4 Sept. 2017 (on invitation only)
- Workshop 5 & 6 Sept. 2017 (all) – Please complete the registration form to attend
- Training 7 & 8 Sept. 2017 (all) – Please complete the registration form to attend
- High-Level Meeting 4 Sept: Prime Minister Palace Mahazoarivo, Madagascar.
- Workshop 5 & 6 Sept: Hotel Carlton, Antananarivo, Madagascar. View on Google Maps
- Training 7 & 8 Sept: University of Antananarivo, Ankatso, Antananarivo, Madagascar. View on Google Maps
Frédéric Joël Ramarolahivonjitiana
Ambinintsoa Lucie Noasilalaonomenjanahary
- CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries (CODATA PASTD）
- Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests (MEEF), Madagascar
- Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development (MPTDD), Madagascar
- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR), Madagascar
- Ministry of Economy and Planification (MEP), Madagascar
- Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
- Committee on Data for Science and Technology, International Council for Sciences (ICSU-CODATA)
- World Data Systems, International Council for Sciences (ICSU-WDS)
- International Council for Sciences Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
- International Society of Digital Earth (ISDE)
- CODATA – China (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)