Forum on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture, Kenya

The Kenya Agricultural and Information Network (KAINet) partner institutions Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA-AIRC), Kenya Forestry and Research Institute (KEFRI) and Jomo Kenya University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO),  is pleased to announce the ‘KAINET Open Data and Open Science’ Workshop to be held in Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi, from 15-18th June, 2015. 

Background

Since 2006 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has supported activities aimed at enhancing the visibility and access to digital agricultural sciences and technical content generated in Kenya.  The support has focused on building individual and institutional capacities in managing and sharing digital agricultural information; establishing the enabling environment for information sharing; sharing tools for digital information management; establishment of Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet); and technical advice and support in setting up institutional and KAINet digital repositories. 

Developments and current trends in managing, disseminating and sharing of scientific and technical content using modern information and communication technologies and methodologies, including social media; and the establishment of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), have brought about the need to update, share knowledge and discuss on how best to manage, share and enhance the visibility of agricultural sciences and technical information and data generated in Kenya.

Main Goal

The goal of the proposed event is to provide a forum for stakeholders in agricultural research organizations in Kenya to share knowledge and propose strategies on improving the visibility and access to agricultural sciences and technical content.

Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are to;

  • Advocate ‘Open data and Open science’ in the agriculture sector in Kenya and;
  • Provide capacities to information management specialists to support researchers in the management and publication of data.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes are:

  • Understanding of open data and open science enhanced
  • Institutional and national policy implications for open data and open science clarified
  • Tools and standards for enhancing open data and open science demonstrated

The above outcomes will also provide inputs and contributed to the achievement of Outcome 5: Access to and use of information, innovation, a global pool of knowledge and expertise drives holistic growth in the agricultural sector outlined in the FAO Country Programming Framework for Kenya 2013-2017. The outcome focusses on Knowledge generation through the use of innovative approaches, knowledge capture focusing on data collection and management, knowledge sharing through use of efficient and effective methodologies and technologies, knowledge application focusing on adaptive knowledge application and evidence based decision support (FAO Country Programming Framework for Kenya 2013-2017).

Target Participants

Participants at the forum will be policy makers, senior research scientists, information management specialists, and information technology specialists from institutions involved in the generation, management and dissemination of agricultural sciences and technical content. Specifically, participants come from the following institutions (by invitation only, for more information contact us) :

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (especially from the Agricultural Information Centre – AIC)
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)

Proposed Approach and Activities

Activities for the four-day forum will be expert and senior policy officers panel discussions, group work, presentations, demonstrations and discussions in plenary session.

Agenda

Monday, 15th June 2015

08:30 - 09:00 - Opening session

09:00 - 11:00 - Panel session on Open Data and Open Science

11:00 - 11:30 - Cofee break
 
11:30 - 13:30 - Panel session on Open Data and Open Science in Agriculture

Tuesday, 16th June 2015

08:30 - 09:00 - General introductions to lecturers and participants and overview of the workshop by Boniface O. Akuku (KALRO)

09:00 - 10:30 - Open Access and Open Data, on overview by Imma Subirats (FAO of the UN)

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 - How open knowledge, open access, open data are handled in my Institution? 10 min presentation by each institution

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 - Institutional Policies and workflows on management and exchange of agricultural data (1) - working groups/open discussion

15:00 - 15:30 - Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 - Institutional Policies and workflows on management and exchange of agricultural data (2) - working groups/open discussion

Wednesday, 17th June 2015

09:00 - 10:30 - Social Media Tools in knowledge sharing/management & Tools for managing and exchanging information by Justin Chisenga (FAO of the UN) 

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 - Fundamentals and applications of the Semantic Web , Open Data , Linked Data & Linked Open Data by Imma Subirats (FAO of the UN)

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 - Advocacy - working groups/open discussion

15:00 - 15:30 - Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 - Conclusions

Thursday, 18th June 2015

09:00 - 10:30 - DSpace at ILRI : A semi-technical overview of “CGSpace” by Alan Orth - International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 - Efficient & effective data management for research projects : ILRI's Data Management Platform by Carlos Quiros - International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 - Training on tools for managing and exchanging information: Drupal (AgriDrupal) by Antonella Picarella (FAO of the UN)

15:00 - 15:30 - Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 - Wrap up


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