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UbuntuNet-Connect 2014, Lusaka, Zambia

Theme: Infrastructure – Innovation – Inclusion

 

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit 500 word abstracts for presentation at UbuntuNet-Connect 2014, the 7th Annual Conference of the UbuntuNet Alliance. The UbuntuNet-Connect series of conferences has been held for the past 6 years and is regarded as one of the premier conferences in Africa. This year the conference will take place from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia and will be hosted by Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN), the NREN of Zambia.

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Non-price competitiveness

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27 February 2014, Paris

 

"Mapping European Competitiveness" (MAPCOMPETE) is a FP7 proposal of six European universities and research centers (from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Hungary) to provide an assessment of data opportunities and requirements for the analysis of comparative competitiveness in European countries.

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The EC has adopted on February 12, 2014 a Communication on "Internet Policy and Governance: Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance".

In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run, calling for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.

The Communication includes also a reference to the cybersecurity strategy, and calls for the rapid adoption of the directive on network and information security. The text also calls for a strengthened multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance.

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- the Press Reselase

- the Communication

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26-27 February 2014, Athens

 

NET4SOCIETY, the network of National Contact Points for research in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities is organising a transnational conference which will take place in Athens at the National Hellenic Research Foundation on 26 and 27 February 2014 on the occasion of the Greek EU Council presidency.

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According to an article published on Science|Business , preparation for two new knowledge and innovation communities is underway, with bids invited in healthy living and active ageing and sustainable raw materials.

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Community Forum 2014

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The Call for Participation is OPEN

 

Registration is OPEN

 

 

 

The EGI Community Forum 2014 will be held at the Helsinki University Main Building in Helsinki, Finland between 19-23 May 2014.

 

The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with the University of Helsinki and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.

 

The theme for the event wil be:

 

Advancing excellent science

In preparation for the Horizon 2020 programme, the Community Forum 2014 will focus on the EGI contribution to advance excellent science in the European Research Area through the use of innovative services for data and computing.

Click here to visit the event page

 

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Coping with science’s data deluge

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According to an article published on Projects, we have now entered the age of big data, but at present we are struggling to cope with the amount we are producing. Laurence Field explains how the CRISP project is helping researchers to make sense of this information overload.

When people refer to big data or a data deluge in science, the terms are entirely appropriate. As scientific detectors and research instruments improve at a fantastic rate, we as a community are producing more and more of it. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, even before its current upgrade, was producing 200,000 DVDs’ worth of raw data a second, and the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project is expected to produce 400 gigabytes a second.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, EU officials expect to be inundated with grant applications, but maintain that simplification of Horizon 2020 procedures will accommodate SMEs and young researchers.

MEPs at the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee meeting yesterday (12 February), questioned whether it will be easier to access funding under Horizon 2020.

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Euroscience Open Forum - ESOF 2014

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21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen

 

ESOF2014 offers a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.

The scientific programme, covering 8 themes, consists of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and engaging formats for debating the latest research.

Conference web site

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UN suggests statistics development goal

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net, a UN agency is advocating for improved capabilities in gathering and using statistics as a central aspect of the post-2015 global development agenda to help governments make more effective decisions based on quality data.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) emphasised the need for significant investments in statistical capacity building — especially among developing countries — during the release of the ESCAP Statistical Yearbook for Asia and Pacific 2013 last month (3 December).

 

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net, for scientists across Europe, last month marked the official start of a fresh wave of funding opportunities from the European Union (EU). On 11 December, the European Commission finally released the detailed topics and budgets available for the first two years of Horizon 2020, the EU’s eighth research and innovation funding package, worth nearly €80 billion (around US$110 billion) in total from 2014 to 2020.

 

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal (ABP, http://portal.africabuild.eu) is an Open and Free Social and Professional Network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for Health Training and Research in Africa.

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net, the first day of the inaugural Africa Innovation Summit featured a plenary session on Best Practices in Innovation policymaking. It was a sensible place to start. But some of us have been talking about innovation in Africa for a long time. In 1998 the Africa Union’s Togo Plan of Action from suggested 1 per cent of each member state’s GDP should be invested in research and development. That’s how long this has been in discussion. Since then only four countries have made the target — Malawi, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda.

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The dawn of the final launch of a new and comprehensive database on einfrastructures across Africa is steadily approaching. After a successful initial round of data extraction and recording, the iMENTORS team has now embarked on the validation of the information, in addition to further data collection regarding any infrastructures that are not yet recorded in the system.

Image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net, endless discussion just impedes concrete steps to tackle Africa’s gender imbalance in science, says Bola Olabisi.
 
Whichever way the case is argued and however many figures are bandied about to support that case, I find it incomprehensible that women in any part of the world are deprived from playing a significant role in contributing to scientific and technological development.

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iMENTORS is able to synchronize its data with other databases, fully utilizing Open Data and  Web 2.0 interconnectivity. Our development team has created API processes to include information from CORDIS and the World Bank database, in order to create the largest online repository of eInfrastructure data. 

Join us, learn about eInfrastructure projects in the area you are interested in and contribute your own information to our constantly growing database!

 

Image courtesy of cooldesign / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, at the beginning of 2014 internal conflict between Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic (CAR) grabbed the world’s attention. History shows that periods of stability have been few and far between for the region and according to latest reports, interim president Catherine Samba-Panza has appealed to EU countries for help to achieve order following fresh waves of unrest and uprising.

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According to an article published on Mining Weekly, international geospatial services company AAM Group Africa branch business development manager Roger Blewett will discuss the ways in which geospatial technologies aid decision-making throughout the life cycle of mines at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from February 3 to 6.

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According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, IBM  announced the results of a new study entitled ‘Setting the pace in Africa: How IT leaders deliver on the potential of emerging technologies’, which found that while nearly 87 percent of African IT leaders rank new technologies such as analytics, cloud, mobile and social media as being critical to business success, only 53% are pushing forward with adoption.

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