The GODAN Action network has developed a free online course on Open Data Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition. This e-learning course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. One of the main learning objectives is for the course to be used widely within agricultural and nutrition knowledge networks, in different institutions. The course also aims to raise awareness of different types of data formats and uses, and to highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent.
This e-learning course is the result of a collaboration between GODAN Action partners, including Wageningen Environmental Research, AgroKnow, AidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
It has been designed to reach and train a higher number of participants, from a wide range of countries, who can use the online resources to study at a time and location convenient for them. The first course was delivered in November 2017. The second edition of the course was offered in April 2018.
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The course is provided in English and lasts for four weeks. It consists of five units as follows including 18 lessons. Participants are expected to spend eight hours weekly on average to complete readings and engage in activities such as online tutorials and webinars. It is up to the participants how they schedule their time to go through the course but it is recommended to follow live activities and online tutorials in a timely manner.
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Course Assessment and Certification
Course participants are given short quizzes, assignments and more practical activities within the units. The course ends with a course exam and course evaluation survey. An attendance certificate is provided for those who actively participated in the course. Successful completion is defined as a 60% success rate in the course exam. Certificates can only be provided electronically.
The course is open to infomediaries which includes ICT workers, technologist - journalists, communication officers, librarians and extensionists; policy makers, administrators and project managers, and researchers, academics and scientists working in the area of agriculture, nutrition, weather and climate, and land data.