Invitation to GODAN Webinar on "Measuring the impact of open data initiatives in agriculture & nutrition" on 20th March 2019

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Invitation to GODAN Webinar on "Measuring the impact of open data initiatives in agriculture & nutrition" on 20th March 2019

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From: Suchith Anand <[hidden email]>
Date: terça, 19/03/2019 à(s) 17:43
Subject: [godan_cd] Invitation to GODAN Webinar on "Measuring the impact of open data initiatives in agriculture & nutrition" on 20th March 2019
To: GODAN Capacity Development Working Group <[hidden email]>

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), it is my pleasure to invite you to join our next webinar on 20th March 2019. Details below.

Join us for a webinar on Mar 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM CET.

Register here:  


This webinar will discuss an open data evaluation framework that focuses on process and outcome oriented evaluation of open data initiatives, with an emphasis on earlier stage assessment, as this offers better options to design new and, monitor and steer ongoing initiatives. Open data efforts often do not follow a clear methodology to assess their impact. Nevertheless, insight into the (potential) impact of open data is key - to monitor and improve the performance of open data initiatives, to assess the effectiveness of funding and demonstrate their value, and to learn how to best achieve impact under local conditions when developing new interventions. The GODAN Action methodology for impact evaluation combines elements already identified by other methods whilst also taking account of newer perspectives, such as the political economy of ecosystems where open data initiatives are being implemented.


Rob Lokers is a project manager of ICT projects and research infrastructures at Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen UR. He has a long year experience in information system development in scientific and commercial environments. His expertise is in ICT and data science in various domains (agriculture, food security, environment), research infrastructures, knowledge technology and agro- environmental modelling. Rob’s focus is on co-creating innovative knowledge infrastructures and applications that advance the level of agro-environmental applications by exploiting the possibilities of Open Data, Big Data and the Semantic Web. He has led projects and work packages in large international research projects and service contracts, e.g. research infrastructure initiatives like the FP7 SemaGrow and Trees4Future projects and knowledge platforms like Climate-ADAPT, the European Platform for Climate Adaptation. Currently Rob coordinates among others the GODAN Action project, focussing on achieving impact by engaging with open data in agriculture and nutrition.

Laura Miguel Ayala is a project manager at Wageningen Environmental Research, working on impact assessment in the various domains of expertise of Wageningen University and Research, among others water management and land use. Laura is currently working on impact evaluation of open data in the GODAN Action project and she is also coordinating the impact evaluation for the LEGEND programme of the Land Portal Foundation. Laura has a broad experience in international research and development projects, among others in Latin America and recently worked on the implementation of an integrated water management climate smart coffee production.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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We thank CTA for organising the webinar. We are looking forward to see you all for discussions and exploring future collaborations.

Best wishes,


Dr Suchith Anand

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