ICIMOD staff attend workshop on scientific data management and sustainable development in developing countries

Two ICIMOD staff members, Sagar Bajracharya, Satellite Hydrology Officer, and Sameer Bajracharya, GIS Database Assistant, attended the International Training Workshop for Developing Countries on Scientific Data Management and Sustainable Development in Beijing, China, 15–31 July 2012. The workshop, which was organized by the Committee on Data Science and Technology (CODATA) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), provided practical information and techniques for researchers in developing countries to share data across borders as well as manage scientific data in an era where vast volumes of data are captured and generated by large scientific facilities, new sensors and instruments, interconnected networks, and computer models. Fourteen participants from nine different countries –Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe – were present at the training. 

The workshop focused on hands-on training in state-of-the-art scientific data management methods, data management policies, data support services, scientific data infrastructure development, the CODATA strategic initiative and activities, and information technologies for members of the research community from developing countries. Through theoretical training and field practice, the workshop provided participants with practical information and techniques for the effective and efficient management of scientific data in the context of sustainable development.