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GO FAIR Implementation Network
The GO FAIR Implementation Network Africa (IN-Africa) is an open network and any suggestions for expansion are welcome.
The IN acknowledges the potential of global development in building an internet of data and services (IFDS) and considers:

  • the possibility for African universities and service providers to be connected to IFDS;
  • the benefit of the FAIR-principles to help solve the problem of the current extraction of data from the continent without returning benefits;
  • the possibility of a governance of data that will benefit the African continent;
  • the emerging possibility through FAIR to root digital data within a philosophy that data are owned by the data-subject;
  • the exploration of the contribution that Africa philosophy can make to the global IFDS due to its epistemology of united and collective existence expressed within local realities;
  • the engagement with the FAIR-initiative to strengthen an African connection, perspective and orientation in a globally connected world.

Central to the Implementation Network is the African expression of the IFDS. The network considers the opportunities of data science for economic potential, especially for Africa’s youth and the need for education and training in this area. It was further considered that the options of application in the context of digital health and other areas of digital development are vast and that the IFDS may provide a good foundation for its sustainable development.
A team of African experts is available to carry this endeavor and that adequate political support could be garnished to help bring this initiative to life.
The network seeks to bring together African expertise, from within the African continent in all its diversity, and in the diaspora, in collaboration with colleagues from other parts of the world, with the explicit objective to strengthen the lead African scholars, decision-makers and practitioners in the global network of implementation for an internet of FAIR data and services on the African continent.

Main purpose and objectives
The IN-Africa will aim to learn from other GO FAIR Implementation Networks and align with the FAIR principles, but will equally seek to enrich the global Network with its exploration, findings and conclusions.

Overarching Principle of Operation
The Africa GO FAIR Implementation Network commits to comply with the Rules of Engagement of GO FAIR Implementation Networks

Targeted Objectives of the IN-Africa
Establishing an open, overarching network for implementation of the FAIR-principles of a machine and human readable IFDS, based within the principles of African philosophy and inclusiveness, serving African science, supported by African governance of data, data ownership, protection and security, and linking African science to the global FAIR community based on practices and  experience.
The topics will be handled by ten working groups, set out in the Activity Plan (linked below). The work in the IN-Africa may lead to new implementation networks within this range of sub-areas or outside this range into new areas.
Progress in work group 3. Local FAIR Services for Digital Health, related announcements: http://kiu.ac.ug/go-fair-data-management-initiative/

Main tasks
Task 1: Complete the execution plan & roadmap as part of the process becoming a GO FAIR Implementation Network which includes the establishment of the working groups, their leadership and membership and agreement on a time-line;
Task 2: Further exploration and expansion of the working groups, linking with the Global FAIR Implementation Networks where relevant and establishing of practical deliverables and timelines;
Task 3: Implementation and mutual consultation, adaptation of time-lines and deliverables if required and sharing of products.

Manifesto and activity plan
Link to manifesto in PDF
Link to Activity plan in pdf

Mirjam van Reisen INAfrica@gmail.com
Ruduan Plug
(both Mirjam and Ruduan are also coordinators of the Ambassadors IN)

Are you interested in joining IN-Africa? Please express your interest by filling in the form below. Your request will be forwarded to the IN Coordinator who will get in touch as soon as possible.


TitleNameOrganisation/UniversityCountryLocationArea of Expertise
DrMouhamed MpezaKampala International UniversityUgandaKampalaVC
Prof DrStephen G Agong’Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and TechnologyKenyaBondoVV and Professor of Horticulture
DrPrisca TibenderanaKampala International UniversityUgandaKampalaLibrarian
DrMike BarongoMakerere UniversityUgandaKampalaRegistrar/Data Science/Computer Science
DrPrimrose NakazibweMbarara University/Ndejje UniversityUgandaMbarara/Ka mpalaValue Chain, development and gender studies
Tegawendé BissyandéUniversité de LuxembourgBurkina Fasso/LuxembourgLuxembourgData security and protection/computer science
DrMuokJaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and TechnologyBondoAgriculture
MmeZamina MaloleUganda/Tilburg UniversityUgandaKampalaEqual Opportunities governance
Mariam BasajjaKampala International University/Leiden UniversityUgandaKampalaComputer Science
Moses EmuzeConsultant Digital InsightNetherlands/ NigeriaThe HagueData Governance
Prof DrProf Muliaro WafulaJomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and TechnologyKenyaJujaICT Centre of Excellence & Open Data -iCEOD
DrReginald NalugalaTangaza UniversityKenyaNairobiSocial Science and Arts
MmeJulia Duncan-CassellLiberiaLiberiaMonroviaGender, social protection and governance
Rita MazocchiTangaza University – PhD SchoolKenyaNairobiSocial Science and Arts
DrAntony Ong’AyoInstitute of Social StudiesNetherlands/ KenyaThe HagueDiaspora Studies and Migration
Annastacia MangomaLeiden UniversityNetherlands/ KenyaEldoretICT and Business
DrKinfeMekelle UniversityEthiopiaMekellePopulation Studies
Kirsty KaiserCOHREDSouth Africa/NetherlandsHealth
Prof Dr
Carel IJselmuidenCOHREDNetherlandsHealth
Harry van SchootenCOHREDNetherlandsHealth
Prof DrJan NouwenRotterdam UniversityNetherlandsRotterdamGlobal Health Programme
Caroline WilliamsDo Good Only CompanyNetherlandsAmsterdamInclusive Data Science
DrBertha VallejoMaastricht UniversityNetherlandsMaastrichtEconomy
Prof DrJaap van den HerikLeiden UniversityNetherlandsLeidenDirector Leiden Centre of Data Science
DrMark WilkinsonGo-FAIR TeamSpain/CanadaComputer Science
Klara SmitsEurope External Programme with AfricaBelgiumBrusselsResearch collaboration and communication
DrMia StokmansTilburg UniversityNetherlandsTilburgHumanities
Hagurjit SinghLeiden UniversityNetherlandsLeidenComputer Science
Prof DrMirjam van ReisenLeiden University/Tilburg UniversityNetherlandsLeiden/TilburgLeiden Centre of Data Science, Go-FAIR. Globalisation, Accessibility, innovation and Care Research Network
 Ruduan Plug
Leiden University/Stanford University
Data Science, Data Management, Statistics
 Yan LiangLeiden University/University of Minnesota MorrisChina
HangzhouData Science, Analytics