Regional Database System
Local Government Engineering Department, Dhaka, Bangladesh
25 July 2022
Jointly with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Bangladesh, we are organising this workshop to introduce our Regional Database System (RDS) and improving understanding about existing practices and requirements for enhanced scientific data management and sharing in Bangladesh.
Specifically, the workshop aims to achieve the following:
Upon completion of the workshop, the participants will have a better understanding of the RDS and our data visualisation applications along with current data management and sharing practices and gaps in the country.
The workshop will also help identify future collaboration opportunities in the areas of management and sharing of research data and the development of data visualisation applications.
Representatives from key organisations involved in the creation, curation, and sharing of scientific research data in Bangladesh will participate.
Access to timely, high-quality data is essential to promote and accelerate learning on the challenges facing mountain ecosystems and people. As a regional intergovernmental knowledge-based organisation, ICIMOD places high importance on the generation, curation, and sharing of data to relevant stakeholders.
Through our RDS Initiative, under the Regional Programme on Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS), we have established the RDS, which acts as a central data repository for different thematic areas in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region and provides easy access to these data through a web-based portal.
The RDS Initiative has put in place ICIMOD’s Data Sharing Policy, data and metadata standards, and necessary hardware and software infrastructure. The initiative collaborates with national, regional, and global partners to promote open access to scientific research data and extends the RDS infrastructure to allow partner organisations to host and share their data. The initiative provides technical assistance to institutions in ICIMOD Regional Member Countries in the design and development of data sharing platforms and extends help and guidance in developing information systems for interactive data visualisation and information dissemination.
The LGED is one of the largest public sector engineering agencies in Bangladesh. It plays a key role in the development of rural, urban, and water sector infrastructure in the country. It is involved in providing technical assistance, governance improvement, and capacity building of urban local bodies (municipalities and city corporations). The LGED also develops infrastructure databases, maps, technical specifications, manuals, etc. required for development projects.
Workshop overview and introduction of the participants (15 min) – Sudip Pradhan, Programme Coordinator – RDS Initiative, ICIMOD
Keynote speech (15 min) – Basanta Shrestha, Director of Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD
Welcome remarks (5 min) – Sk. Md. Mohsin, Chief Engineer, LGED
Welcome remarks (5 min) – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Hands-on exercise on accessing data from RDS (30 min)
Data management and sharing experience in Bangladesh (60 min)
Hands-on exercise on exploring data visualisation applications (45 min)
Closing remarks (15 mins) – Birendra Bajracharya, Regional Programme Manager (ad interim) – MENRIS, ICIMOD