Special News #VODAN-Africa


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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On 2nd September 2020 the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN Africa) team held a robust high-level technical session with the team at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) to access the level of preparedness for intercontinental network access and querying of datasets between FAIR Data Points (FDPs) in Africa and Europe.

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With the successful deployment of more FAIR Data Points in Africa, the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN Africa) team reiterated their readiness to FAIRify COVID-19 data across the continent. This was demonstrated in a webinar by Mariam Basajja, the Technical Coordinator, VODAN Africa, and a Ph.D. student at the University of Leiden. The session was hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachara of Ravel Works Africa.

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The Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN-Africa) team in Ethiopia on Tuesday, 18th August 2020, demonstrated the readiness of Ethiopia to FAIRify COVID-19 data through the presentation of a working VODAN-in-a-Box at Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University, both in Ethiopia, during the Metadata For Machine Workshop hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachara of Ravel Works Africa.

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In the bid to sustain the gains and momentum generated by the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN-Africa) after the successful deployment of the VODAN-in-a-Box at Kampala International University (KIU) and Data Science Nigeria (DSN), the VODAN Africa Nigeria Team lead by Dr Sakinat Folorunso, hosted the Management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Nigeria, in an informative session on the ongoing VODAN Africa project. The presentation was made by Prof Francisca Oladipo, the Executive Coordinator, VODAN Africa Initiative.

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Today, 11th August 2020, marks another landmark achievement in the mission of the Africa Implementation Network of the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN-Africa), to FAIRify COVID-19 data in the continent. In a two-hour intensive workshop hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachara of Ravel Works Africa and witnessed by data stewards and observers from Africa and Europe, the VODAN Africa team successfully deployed the third machine-actionable FAIR Data Point (FDP) at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, (IBBUL), Niger State, North-Central Nigeria.

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In a two-hour session hosted by Charles Kahiro and Ivy Wachira of Ravel Works, Africa, and witnessed by 33 participants which consist of Data Stewards and observers from Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the United States, the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN-Africa) initiative has installed a second Machine-actionable FAIR Data point for COVID-19 in Data Science Nigeria. This is coming barely two weeks after the successful installation of the first VODAN-in-a-Box at Kampala International University.

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History was made today at 14:14 CET on 22 July 2020 as the first COVID-19 Computer-Readable FAIR Data point of Observational Data was installed in Uganda, Africa and the World. The installation which was carried out under the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN-Africa), is the first of its kind to be installed worldwide.

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