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At the concluded Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon 2021, VODANA Team was among the1,773 individuals on the leaderboard, 24,479 entries, and with nearly 4,000 registrants from over 85 countries around the world.

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The Executive Secretary Virus Outbreak Data Network Africa and Asia (VODANA), Prof. Francisca Oladipo has been recognized as a Fellow of the Pan-African Scientific Research Council.

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The deployment of FDPs is the starting point, but not an end on itself. The end is how we can use these FDPs to serve vulnerable people and communities all over Africa. How can we make sure that health workers, policy makers, data scientists, researchers have access to the right data that is needed to act and make informed decisions?

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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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