By Obinna Osigwe
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.
The International Symposium is convened by CODATA and GO FAIR, and will provide a unique forum for advancing international and cross-domain convergence around FAIR. According to the organizers, the outcome of this event “will directly inform the CODATA Decadal Programme 'Making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and the GO FAIR community’s convergence towards bottom-up development of the Internet of FAIR data and services globally”
This Symposium is a great platform to tell the VODAN Africa story of how the team succeeded in using machine-actionable FAIR Data Points to FAIRify clinical and non-clinical COVID-19 data. The achievements also include the installation of 10 FAIR Data points (FDPs) across Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tunisia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) Netherlands that allows algorithms to find COVID-19 data over the internet.
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The Virus Outbreak Data Network is a collaboration between universities, health ministries and Data Science & Artificial Intelligence hubs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Members of the Africa Implementation network include: Kampala International University, Leiden University and other universities, Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University in Ethiopia, Université de Sousse in Tunisia, Tangaza University in Kenya, Great Zimbabwe University in Zimbabwe and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Olabisi Onabanjo University and Data Science in Nigeria. The VODAN network collaborates with researchers based in Asia, particularly in China (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Indonesia and Kazakhstan. The Vodan network also collaborates with researchers in the US, particularly from the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC).
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