I want to thank the organisers and all participants for the very successful Global Soil Week 2017 in Berlin . The event brought together representatives from governments, and scientific and civil society organizations to assess some the gaps and synergies in Sustainable Development Goals implementation.
ISRIC, CIAT, GODAN and GIZ coorganised the Institutionalization of Open Data Workshop at the event . The aim of this workshop was to dentify gaps and challenges concerning the access to, the use of and the sharing of data; reflecting on strategies to make this data available and accessible to all: In order to improve the quality of agricultural extension services and to support decision-making concerning SLM implementation at the farm level, access to and availability of data (pedological, agro-ecological, socioeconomic) should be improved and ensured. In many cases, data are not available to agricultural service providers and/or are unavailable to the public. The underlying reasons for the unavailability of data can be manifold, ranging from unclear intellectual property rights to budgetary constraints which prevent making data usable and disseminating them. This working group will concentrate on the methods and mechanisms needed to render data available and accessible to all stakeholders, including local populations.
All images thanks to GSW 2017
Thanks to Christina Ketter (GIZ) who coordinated the workshop , Ben Schaap (GODAN) , Leroy Mwanzia (CGIAR/CIAT) who did lot of background work for this successful workshop. Thanks to Andries Bosman (ISRIC),for presenting GODAN Soils Working Group and ISRIC , Daniel Jimenez (CGIAR/CIAT ) , country presentations from India, Ethiopia, Columbia and all participants for the productive workshop.
The links to presentations at:
Introduction to GODAN: Why we would need open data to achieve impacts with regards to SDG 2
Institutional Change from a capacity development perspective: Open data developments for policy making on a global level
It is good to see that the need for open data was acknowledged in the recommendations of GSW 2017 for the SDG HLPF. We look forward toworking with you for expanding research ideas for contributing to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals .