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The Co-Coordinator of VODANA Team in Nigeria has been appointed the Director of ICT at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai (IBBUL), Niger State Nigeria.

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The VODAN African Team is set to share their experiences, lessons and insights gathered during the 1st phase of the project at the International FAIR Convergence Symposium billed to hold from 27th November to 4th December, 2020.

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On October 30th, 2020, VODAN Africa officially inaugurated her board for the successful completion of the set milestones during second phase of the VODAN Africa Project. The milestones are focused around data production, data convergence, data interoperability and the deployment of FAIR Data Points in real life situations.

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In a bid to deepen the experiences, knowledge and expertise gathered during the 1st and 2nd of the Virus Outbreak Data Network in Africa and Asia, the initiative has decided to document the contributions of FAIR data networks to the COVID-19 crisis response and learnings from the COVID-19 outbreak through a special issue of Data Intelligence on the FAIR Data Interoperability in COVID-19 themed Launching an international FAIR Data Network for COVID Data.

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GO FAIR moved from a theoretical concept to an implementation programme when the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged around the globe. There were several big issues enabling this development: (i) the requirement of implementation of FAIR guidelines in science data became a reality for researchers in the European Union, member states and institutions in other countries; (ii) the Covid-19 pandemic requiring data to follow the infections across the globe; (iii) the lack of data from many places in Africa; (iv) the lack of comparable data; and (v) the lack of clinical data.

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The second phase of the VODAN Africa Initiative is steadily gathering momentum as the Board was unveiled today during the Webinar series on the 13th of October 2020.

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After the successful deployment of FAIR Data Points (FDPs) among the partner institutions in the VODAN Africa Implementation Networks during the initial phase of the project. The objectives, set milestones and expected deliverable for the next phase of the VODAN Africa Initiative was shared by the Global Coordinator, Prof. Mirjam Van Reisen during the weekly webinar on 6th October, 2020.

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What started as a vision in March 2020 to enable access to critical data needed from Africa to fight and contain the novel coronavirus that is spreading across the globe has now materialized into the deployment of seven machine actionable FAIR Data Points (FDPs) that allows algorithms to find COVID-19 data over the internet.

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On Tuesday September 22nd, 2020, the VODAN African team in Kenya led by Dr. Reginald Nalugala did a successful demonstration of their capability to make COVID-19 data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) in a webinar hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachara of Ravel Works Africa.

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On Thursday, September 10th, Google.org announced that VODAN Africa was selected to receive funding as part of the company’s efforts to support projects using innovative Al and data analytics to help understand COVID-19 and address its impacts.

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On September 8th, 2020, prominent women in the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Community gathered do discuss how AI can transform education, business, health, fintech, digital transformation, and more. The Executive Coordinator VODAN Africa, Prof. Francisca Oladipo was among the speakers at the summit where she spoke on The Science of FAIR Data.

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The VODAN Africa Team in Nigeria on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 demonstrated the FAIRification of COVID-19 data at the FAIR Data Point (FDP) deployed at Data Science Nigeria (DSN). This demonstration was done by Ezekiel Adebayo Ogundepo from DSN and Dr. Sakinat Folorunso, the Nigerian Team Lead at VODAN Africa. The webinar was hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachara of Ravel Works Africa.

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