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iMENTORS is hosting  a workshop with the e-infrastructure stakeholders in Africa, to collect input and encourage the crowdsourcing efforts and participation on the platform.

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This edition of the 'Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT' (Dec. 2-3, 2013) is held in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week and is taking place this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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We are working on streamlining the user interaction process of the "what-if" analysis functionality, which allows investigating effects of contextual factors on ICT4D projects. We aim to make the developed simulation tool easy to comprehend and to use.

 

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iMENTORS’ Research Infrastructures (RIs) database is  the first centralised portal of all high level  research facilities and information sources in Africa or hosted elsewhere but focusing on Africa.

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Research infrastructures refers to any facilities, resources or related services that are used or could be used by the scientific community to conduct top level research in their various disciplines. We are currently gathering all accessible information regarding RIs in Africa and would like your support. If you have any relevant information, please contact iMentors to help create an exhaustive database. Better still, you can update the database yourself at www.imentors.eu   

 


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iMENTORS is now recording the ICT projects related to the Brain Gain Initiative and the Catalyst Initiative.  Both of these initiatives are part of the Social Innovation Program at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company.

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HP formed a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first in 2003 to start the Brain Gain Initiative with the goal of reversing the "brain drain" from areas affected by the emigration of scientists and scholars.  The project aims instead to foster a "brain gain" by creating a sustainable university infrastructure for science.  The project was a success and expanded in 2009 and again in 2011.

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The added value of iMENTORS lies in its’ decision- support with the evaluation module to assess ongoing projects and in the contextual factors analysis which enables iMENTORS to assess ICT4D proposals ahead of their implementation by estimating their potential impact.

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iMENTORS in the spotlight

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An article about iMENTORS was published yesterday on Techy Africa, a very popular technology blog in Ghana.

Techy Africa is a community that seeks to promote Startup Culture and Entrepreneurship in Software in Africa.

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iMENTORS has identified and recorded 58 submarine cables into and out of the African continent.  This amounts to over 450,000 km of cable, and over 150 different organizations involved in the funding and operation of the cables. 

The challenge now for Africa is to develop local fiber optic networks to connect these from high-capacity international submarine cables all the way to the home.

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The iMENTORS e- newsletter keeps you abreast of any new project developments and relevant topics.

 

Read the latest issue online!

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The collection of data for the iMENTORS database is currently focused on donor databases and international submarine cable networks.

Nearly 2000 organizations involved in ICT projects are already mapped and recorded in the iMENTORS database which launched the beta version in July. Users can easily sign in using their LinkedIn credentials, put their projects on the map and increase their project’s visibility. The aim is for the platform to contain 80 percent of e-infrastructure projects/investment frameworks by the end of the project using an advanced geographic information and visualization system.

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The Project is now focusing on identifying organizational entities within or outside of universities managing Research Infrastructures (RIs).



A RI can be a supercomputer, a telescope, a laboratory or any other resource that is shared among researchers. RIs play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology.

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IST-Africa, a project coordinated by the International Management Commission (IIMC) of Ireland, brings together the national ministries or government agencies in 18 African countries responsible for information and communications technology (ICT) or science, technology and innovation (STI) research and policy.
This past week, iMENTORS (also funded under FP7) has been busy recording the IST-Africa project and related FP7 projects.

 

 

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The method for what-if analysis included in the decision support system of iMENTORS has now been developed. The approach of the what-if analysis is that the outcomes of any ICT4D initiative are dependent on a set of important contextual factors, such as internet dissemination etc.

 

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iMENTORS has been busy recording and mapping information on all participating entities and the connections between them.  ERAfrica is a new entry!

ERAfrica is an EU-funded project with the ambition of creating a "European Research Area Network" for the African continent.

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Sub-Saharan Africa has witnessed dramatic growth in ICT access the past few years – and whilst being the fastest growing region for e-infrastructure development, lack of accurate knowledge on past and current development projects creates uncertainties that hamper the effectiveness of investments.FireShot-Screen-Capture-094---Map---www_imentors_eu_map_html.jpg

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Athina Vrakatseli, project Dissemination and Sustainability leader, demonstrated how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa during the training and final meeting that EuroRIs-Net+ organised on 16-17 September, in Athens. Click here to see the presentation

 

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Stakeholders were impressed by the project. The demonstration was followed by a discussion on the timeline of the project and data collection.

 

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The iMENTORS project underwent its 1st periodic review on September 9th by the European Commission and independent experts. The project received the highest grade- excellent- and it is on good track to achieving its objectives. The iMENTORS team is engaged with incorporating the recommendations and is highly pleased with the outcome of the review.

 

 

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Athina Vrakatseli, project Dissemination and Sustainability leader, will demonstrate how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa during the training and final meeting that EuroRIs-Net+ is organising on 16-17 September, in Athens.
iMENTORS went live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform! Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU, presented today iMENTORS at the UNESCO HP-BGI meeting

He demonstrated how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa. Stream it live: http://bit.ly/tqMX1H

The UNESCO-HP Brain Gain Initiative fosters cooperation across borders among students, academics and scientists from Africa and the Arab States, and helps strengthen research capacities of higher education institutions in the two regions.

 It was an opportunity to meet and exchange with partners (representatives from 19 projects, in 14 countries), as well as with stakeholders in the two regions. The activity served as well to highlight the projects' achievements and to reflect together on the way forward.01-graphic.jpg

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We are happy to present you the fourth edition of the quarterly iMENTORS newsletter.Discover more about the project and its related activities with our Newsletter!Timeline-facebook-Cover.jpg

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iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform!

Co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), iMENTORS www.imentors.eu is designed to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of international actors involved in e- infrastructures development projects and initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. iMENTORS launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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