16-20 September 2019
Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai
Asia/Bangkok timezone

Developments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Cyberinfrastructure Framework to Support Regional Collaborations on Big Data projects

16 Sep 2019, 14:15
Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai

Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai

44, 44/1-4 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 12, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand


Dr. Tshiamo Motshegwa (University of Botswana)


This talk shares experiences around the development and implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cyber-infrastructure Framework aimed at supporting multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary regional collaborations around big data projects of regional impact. The Cyber-infrastructure Framework envisaged a regional commons of high performance computing platforms over a fabric of National education and research networks to host multi-sectoral data repositories - facilitated by robust regional policies - utilised by trained users working on collaborative regional R&D projects. The Frameworks defines several pillars for implementation - ranging from harmonised regional policy through to infrastructure deployment, R&D, resource mobilisation, strategic partnerships, and human capital development. In the R&D pillar there are some regional projects e.g. in Weather and Climate and potential projects in geoscience, bioinformatics and spatial drone image data - all aimed at exercising the CI. The cyber-infrastructure also seeks to promote participation of citizens in science, promote education and innovation value chains.

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