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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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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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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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According to a blog post by the Guardian, US falls 13 places in development rankings once inequality in society is taken into account – while sub-Saharan Africa ranks second only to south Asia for average growth.

 

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, almost 90% of CEOs in Africa plan to increase investment in technology in 2014 and position technology amongst the top three considerations, claim media reports covering research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

 

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PwC’s 16th Annual Global CEO Survey reveals that the perception of technology amongst senior executives is that it is an easy enabler of agility and growth because it helps with risk management and skills development and retention.

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with South African media reports claiming that space is limited at public tertiary education institutions, the reality facing many who have matriculated is that whilst their efforts may have earned university exemption, they may not necessarily have secured a place.

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A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the two projects to promote of activities to widen and simplify the access to e-Infrastructures worldwide and federation of data archives across continents.

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There is no doubt that the worldwide gaming industry is huge – so large in fact, that it generates more revenue than Hollywood. According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, while development studios in the rest of the world have been producing mobile, PC and console games for many decades, Africa seems to be the youngest player in the market.

With that in mind, IT News Africa profiles the leading players on the African gaming scene.

1. Kunle Ogungbamila – Kuluya

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CONNECT Magazine

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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. If you would like to receive email alerts for future issues, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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EUDAT is offering free resources and expertise to pilot collaboration projects as part of its Collaborative Data Infrastructure where users, community centres and large data centres collaboratively tackle data challenges.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, a new operational strategy mining big data to predict when online shoppers want their weekly food shop delivered will not only improve service for customers but boost retailers’ profits by four per cent.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, recognising that innovation requires market acceptance, Horizon 2020 will invest €462 million over the next seven years on a new programme, ‘Science with and for society’. Science|Business looks at the plan for the first two years.

 

Science needs people – to join its ranks as future scientists, to ensure its objectives are properly aligned to needs, and to ensure its innovations find market acceptance. Yet the numbers pursuing careers in science and technology fail to meet demand, science is still perceived as a male domain, and a recent Eurobarometer survey found that 58 per cent of people feel they are not well-informed about the outputs of publicly-funded science. 

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The power of sharing in OSG

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According to an article published on isgtw, as a sharing ecosystem, the Open Science Grid (OSG) doesn’t ‘own’ any computing resources. Open Science Grid consortium members connect their resources to perform computations for their own experiments, and to make available unused resources for other OSG members’ experiments. The shared compute cycles are called opportunistic.

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Over at the HPC Source online magazine, Rob Farber writes that pending HPC technologies like the Hybrid Memory Cube could drastically change how we approach Big Data analytics.

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According to an article published on Datanami, it’s difficult enough to keep track of the ebb and flow of new tools that span the big data ecosystem, let alone keeping tabs on the latest measures and standards by which to evaluate the influx. While there are standards for a number of specific application areas, architectures, and programmatic approaches, it’s difficult to get a more comprehensive view across solutions and system-wide needs.

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Can you present complex data to tell a compelling story that anyone will be able to understand?

The British Library Science Team and Cottage Labs are running a challenge sponsored by the BBSRC and AHRC to visualise the data now avalable about publicly-funded research in the UK. Entry forms are available from 27 January 2014 and deadline for submissions is on 21 March 2014.

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