ICRISAT-aWhere data management design workshop held at Nairobi
The ICRISAT-aWhere data management team comprising of Objective leaders and scientists of the Tropical Legumes II and ICRISAT-HOPE projects, KSI and aWhere inc. teams participated in an onsite design workshop on 8-10 August at ICRISAT-Nairobi, a follow up to the onsite and three virtual meetings held earlier. The aWhere data management platform will support the integration of ICRISAT’s Tropical Legumes II and HOPE project data for easy accessibility by project scientists. It will also enable project scientists to provide controlled accessibility of their data to external users, including donors and other partners.The workshop served as a forum for queries and concerns to be addressed, paving the way for a better understanding of the system. DDG-R Dave Hoisington felt that “the real challenge is bringing the culture of change among the scientific community but not the technology”. Project leaders Drs Gowda and Said Silim spoke of the data management platform’s importance to their projects.
This platform will enhance and expedite the data analysis and report generating efficiencies of the scientists rather than giving them new challenges such as complex technology systems to understand,” said Dr G Dileepkumar, Global Leader, KSI who facilitated the workshop. The KSI team will collect datasets from scientists and harmonize them together with the data curation unit. Participants reviewed the outcome of the earlier meetings, data inventory and developed strategies to move on to the development phase of the platform. The aWhere team gave a demonstration of the platform using ICRISAT baseline sample data, and scientists were trained on user roles and requirements and how to analyze data and generate reports. During the second day, the participants contributed to the design and development of user profiles, metadata, workflows, and dataset export formats. On the final day, Objective leaders and scientists of the two projects from ICRISAT headquarters joined the meeting virtually. During the workshop, Abhishek Rathore and C Srinivasarao translated some of the platform’s technical aspects into scientist-friendly language. AWhere and ICRISAT project scientists will continue to collaborate to complete the system design and deployment strategies.