This year’s Open Access Week trails on the heels of the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue, where world leaders and global experts gathered in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss one of the greatest challenges facing our world: how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change.
Open Access Week , historically an opportunity for academic and research institutions to promote the sharing of research, provides a platform for the global development community to continue a dialogue around the concept of Open Data.
“Better access to research data, improved visibility into development initiatives, data sharing across organizations; these advances can help unite efforts in the fight against global hunger,” says aWhere COO Dave Lundberg, a participant at last week’s event.
The desire for open data and improved visibility into development initiatives is gaining momentum. In fact, the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s), which are positioned to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) in 2015, are calling for a ‘data revolution’. The idea of a data revolution in global development was something that was largely undiscovered when the MDG’s were formed over thirteen years ago. Since then, huge strides have been made in the ability to collect, analyze, and share data from all around the world.
“Improved visibility into development initiatives and global data enables evidence based decision making, and tools providing this visibility are increasing in demand,” says Lundberg.
Tools like the aWhere Platform can provide structure and real-time insight into to food security initiatives. aWhere’s data management solution provides tools to analyze, visualize, and share information on agricultural projects across the globe.