UCT extends footprint into Sub-Saharan Africa

29 July 2008 | Story by Newsroom

DataFirst team
First with data: Alison Siljeur, director Matthew Welch and Lynn Woolfrey of DataFirst are leading an initiative to revolutionise the way several African countries store priceless survey data.

Next month, DataFirst, a small, dedicated unit in the Faculty of Commerce, will join a project that allows African countries to leapfrog to world-class standards of data access.

DataFirst recently signed a contract with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to provide technical assistance, support and training in the installation and maintenance of an online survey data catalogue system for the national statistics offices of Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique and Nigeria. This, it is hoped, will revolutionise the way national survey data is stored and retrieved in these countries.

DataFirst will provide support to ensure survey data from these countries is preserved and, importantly, made accessible to decision-makers and researchers.

The new web-based cataloguing tool, called the National Data Archive, was developed by the International Household Survey Network, a World Bank and OECD-funded initiative, and will bring data management in Africa up to speed with global norms.

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