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According to an article published in ‘NUANCE: Newsletter of the UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaboration, Education’, having a well-trained technical team is paramount to operating and maintaining the high speed UbuntuNet Network. So far, the Alliance has trained about 40 network engineers from almost all NREN Members in Eastern and Southern Africa. The trainings are a result of a multi-partner capacity building programme and the focus has primarily been on advanced routing and campus network design and management.

The goal of UbuntuNet Alliance capacity building program is to ensure that there is enough human resource capacity in Member NRENs to be able to plan, implement and operate advanced data networks. Also the Alliance would like to ensure that NREN networks are properly designed and configured in time for connection to the regional UbuntuNet backbone being built under the AfricaConnect project; and to provide technical support to the Alliance in the running of UbuntuNet.

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AFRICOMM 2014, 6th International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries, will take place in Kampala, Uganda, November 24–26, 2014

Deploying efficient and effective infrastructures and solutions when limited resources are available is a challenging task and a key-enabler for the diffusion of ICT in developing countries. The aim of this conference is bringing together international researchers, students, public officers, policy makers and practitioners in ICT to discuss issues and trends, recent research, innovation advances and on-the-field experiences related to e-Governance, e-Infrastructure, and e-Business with a focus on developing countries.

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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 13 to 14 November 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia and will be hosted by Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN), the NREN of Zambia.

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According to an article published in ‘NUANCE: Newsletter of the UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaboration, Education’, open access is a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers in developing and transition countries face.

"A lot of research has been undertaken over the years in Uganda and many seeming breakthroughs arrived at, however these have not been disseminated and subsequently have not added value to the lives of Ugandans,” says John Chrysostom Muyingo, state minister for higher education in Uganda. This revealing statement was made last year at the very first national open access conference in Uganda, which Electronic Information For Libraries (EIFL) co-hosted with the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL).

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal Video

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal is an open, free professional social network for supporting collaborative links and access to a broad variety of informatics tools for health training and research in Africa. You can use it to follow and share courses remotely, find a job or a grant, use our tools to keep up to date with the latest news in your research topics, make colleagues and professional connections, etc. Create an account in the AFRICA BUILD Portal and discover our community!

For more information visit: The AFRICA BUILD Portal

Click here to see the video

Tagged in: Africa health Research
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ACES Selection Committee

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The Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) Selection Committee meets to short list the finalists of the 2014 awards.
Copenhagen - 23 June 2014

The Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) Selection Committee meets in Copenhagen to short list the finalists of the 2014 awards.

The ACES is a pan-European competition among companies spun out from universities – to recognise the best academic entrepreneurs from across all technology disciplines. 

The winners of the 2014 pan-European Academic Enterprise Awards will be announced on 7 October 2014 in Berlin during the Innovation Connection conference.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, the European Union (EU) trails when it comes to laying the foundations for a “smart” economy, with the US, Canada and Japan pressing ahead, warns a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

A stubborn “digital divide” in Europe, which fractures between an “extremely well-performing north” led by Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and a static south and east, is to blame says WEF.

“The EU is increasingly falling behind globally in building the digital infrastructure and innovative capacity that would allow its economies to unlock new sources of growth,” the report states.

WEF criticises the EU for not being as favourable to young entrepreneurs and start-ups as other regions, due in part to heavy regulation and fewer funds to start businesses.

Low patent application numbers, with half the activity of the US and less than half of the activity of advanced Asian economies, suggest, not just less innovation, but the “lack of knowledge and capacity of SMEs to efficiently deal” with filing patents.

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According to an article published on Edutech, a World Bank blog on ICT and Education, in most countries around the world, a single institution is core to the implementation of national initiatives related to the use of new technologies ('ICTs') in education. Whether we are talking about large scale rollouts of things like tablets or laptops, or educational computing efforts of the more 'traditional' variety, a single organization often serves as a focal point for many related efforts to introduce, support, maintain direct, coordinate, fund, manage and/or evaluate national efforts to utilize information and communications technologies (ICTs) in innovative -- and, if we are honest with ourselves, perhaps not so innovative -- ways in schools.

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The 4th eI4Africa Thematic Workshop ”High Performance Computing for Public Good” was successfully held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on June 3rd, 2014. The workshop was organised under the aegis of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and in co-location with the Technology Transfer Alliance (TTA) Conference 2014.

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Presentations of the 4th eI4Africa Thematic Workshop (June 3, 2014 – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) are now available! Click here to see them .
The full programme of the day is available here.

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October 29, 2014

The eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU-funded projects are very pleased to invite you to their joint conference on “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future”. Organised under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) the conference will be held on October 29, 2014 in Brussels at the Hotel Bloom.

 

This major conference in the field will bring together policy and research stakeholders from both Europe and Africa, to discuss the status and perspectives of e-Infrastructures in Africa and to present the eI4Africa and iMENTORS main project outputs.

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Meet the ERC’s Proof of Concept grantees. A by-invitation event organised by the Science|Business Innovation Board.
European Research Council, Covent Garden, Place Charles Rogier 16, Brussels - 04 July 2014

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Big data, big deal: big problem?

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How will we keep networks secure? What rules do we need? Who should set them – national or international bodies? This...
ESOF2014, Carlsberg Group HQ, Ny Carlsberg Vej 100, 1799 Copenhagen, Malting Hall - 23 June 2014

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Horizon 2020: The master class

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A Q&A about how to succeed in Horizon 2020, with Robert-Jan Smits, Director General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
ESOF2014, Copenhagen, Valby Langgade 1, Carlsberg Museum, Glyptotek Hall - 26 June 2014

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The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) announced yesterday at the EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki the launch of the Federated Cloud – an academic cloud service built to support development and innovation within the European Research Area.

The service has been built to provide EU researchers with a scalable, standard-based cloud platform that they could use in order to manage, disseminate and process their data flexibly, quickly and efficiently. The service supports all fields of research and it has been tailored to the European researchers’ modern IT needs, making sure they benefit fully from the infrastructure. More specifically, the Federated Cloud combines resources and services provided by various public and private partners and offers researchers:

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The eI4Africa project is very pleased to introduce its main project outcomes to date. They are significant and well acknowledged by the Africa-EU ICT/e-Infra community:

  • SURVEY / Launch of an on-going e-Infrastructures in Africa state-of-the-art survey to collect data on established and emerging e-Infrastructure applications in Africa. The results revealed some extremely interesting findings, including 43 potential e-Infrastructure applications, with respect to the current state of e-Infrastructure uptake in Africa, and brought to the fore some important avenues that could be further explored.
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CONNECT is the magazine from the GÉANT community. The aim is to provide a regular update on the project and its vital work in supporting European research, as well as giving an insight into the users who depend on the network, and the community that makes GÉANT what it is.

The May issue of CONNECT, the magazine dedicated to research and education networking is out now!

You can view it view booklet style or you can download the PDF here. Printed copies are also available from  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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According to a blog post on the EduTech blog (World Bank), much has been made of the potential use of mobile phones to help collect, verify and disseminate information quickly, widely and cheaply in support of activities in the education sector.
 

What do we know about how such use looks in practice,
and what are we learning from emerging efforts in this area?


At an event last month at the World Bank, my colleagues Sukhdeep Brar and Gaurav Relhan shared some lessons from a few recent and on-going education activities in Uganda, providing some potentially quite useful insights for those seeking answers this question. The full video for this event, as well as the PowerPoint file presented, is available online. For those of you who are pressed for time, or are just not sure if clicking those links is worth the effort, here is a quick synopsis of what was shared and discussed.

 

Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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iMENTORS has partnered up with FTTH Council Africa. They agreed to work together to support cooperation in research, high speed fibre connectivity, infrastructure and Africa.

iMENTORS and FTTH Council Africa will collaborate regarding dissemination (sharing of information, events, social media, etc). For example, FTTH Council Africa has included an article about iMENTORS in their newsletter and also published the partnership in their annual report.

Moreover, iMENTORS and FTTH Council Africa will maintain an informal consultation channel to discuss best practise frameworks that is in the best interest of all stakeholders.

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Recent posts on the EduTech blog have explored some of the general opportunities, issues and challenges that are common to many efforts to use mobile phones as part of data collection efforts and have identified some of the key lessons as a result of projects which have used mobile phones to collect data in the education sector in Uganda.

Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


According to a post on the EduTech blog, even where there is common agreement on the potential utility of deploying mobile phones as part of a particular data collection effort, as well as a consensus understanding about relevant challenges that may complicate such an effort, decision makers may still be unsure about how to start their related planning efforts – or how best to change course once such efforts are underway.

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