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iMENTORS has started to map in a virtual observatory the levels of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects, etc. that are currently available for researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
iMENTORS, an FP-7 funded project 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. The platform is going live on 15 July.


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EuroRis-Net+ - iMENTORS synergy

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A memorandum of understanding was signed between EuroRis-Net+and iMENTORS on 26 June indicating an intended common line of action.

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between CHAIN-REDS project and iMENTORS on June 2013 indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close co-operation in order to achieve their respective objectives. This MoU specifies the way in which such cooperation will be undertaken.

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What level of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects etc.are currently available for researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa? One European FP-7 funded project is starting to map this knowledge in a virtual observatory.

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iMENTORS on iSGTW

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iSGTW is an international weekly online publication that covers distributed computing and the research it enables.

There is an announcement oniSGTW about iMENTORS and its collaboation with e-Science Talk.

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IST Africa Stakeholder workshop: we have carried out a successful stakeholder’s workshop following iMENTORS panel at the IST Africa conference, where the audience provided invaluable feedback on the functionalities that were available on the platform, and made several recommendations leading us to develop and introduce several new additions in terms of functionalities in the Beta version.
Objectives
•    Inform about the iMENTORS project (Nairobi and Dar es Salaam).
•    Learn from others re. eInfrastructures and related project issues (Nairobi).
•    Get stakeholder views (Dar es Salaam (primarily) and Nairobi).

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What level of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects etc.are currently available for researchers  in Sub-Saharan Africa?  One European FP-7 funded project is starting to map this knowledge in a virtual observatory.

e-ScienceTalk, is delighted to have just signed an Memorandum of Understanding with iMENTORS. Check out iMENTORS Facebook page here and Twitter stream (@i-mentors). 

iMENTORS's first step is to gather valuable stakeholder feedback to define the most appropriate criteria in evaluating e-infrastructure projects. So please do help them by filling in the survey (http://bit.ly/YF5GBV).

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between e-ScienceTalk and iMENTORS on 23 May 2013 indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close co-operation in order to achieve their respective objectives. This MoU specifies the way in which such cooperation will be undertaken.

e-Infrastructures– electronic research infrastructures– are networked tools, data and resources used by the worldwide research and education community to conduct collaborative projects and generate, exchange and preserve knowledge.

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Chair: Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU

  • Björn Pehrson, KTH, Sweden
  • Meoli Kashorda, KENET, Kenya
  • Aida Opoku-Mensah, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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The panel will consist of an open discussion on the needs and benefits of enhancing the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica, and will be followed by a live demonstration of the iMENTORS platform as a tool to optimise the coordination of donors and investments in e-Infrastructures in Sub Saharan Arica.

Click here to see the Agenda

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1024x400-5.pngThe aim of the present questionnaire is to gather valuable stakeholder feedback to define the most appropriate criteria in evaluating e-infrastructure projects. By filling out this survey, you will help us build a critical component of our decision-support system. Click here to fill in the questionnaire

 

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This edition of the iMENTORS newsletter gives you more in-depth insights into current issues in the world of e-infrastructure, research infrastructure, national /regional research and education networks, ICT and data.

Read it online!

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Press release on CORDIS Wire

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

Read full press release on CORDIS Wire

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April 2013 indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close co-operation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa. e-Infrastructures - electronic research infrastructures - are collections of ICT based resources and services used by the worldwide research and education community to conduct collaborative projects and generate, exchange and preserve knowledge.

Read more on Primeur weekly magazine

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GridCast team blogging on iMENTORS

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

The GridCast team cover e-science events from around the world. From Taipei to Barcelona, the GridCast blogging teams keep you up to date with the latest news and views.

Read more about the MoU between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on GridCast

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

iMENTORS www.imentors.eu is a one-stop-shop data warehouse on all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The objectives of the project are to:

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Described as a “one-stop-shop data warehouse,” iMentors is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking to HumanIPO, Louis Papaemmanuel, project director based at the Stockholm University, said iMentors is a project co-foundered by the seventh framework program of the European Commission. It began in April 2012 and will run until October 2014.

“The objective of iMentors is to aggregate and display information about every e-infrastructure project plus related initiatives such as e-government, e-learning [and] e-health applications over the past five years,” Papaemmanuel said.

Papaemmanuel believes while Africa is one of the fastest growing regions, the continent still lags far behind other regions such as Europe, in terms of developing stable deployment “at least with broadband infrastructures”.

Papaemmanuel said the difference between Europe and Africa in terms of broadband implementation is the fact that broadband capacity in Africa was developed by commercial internet service providers (ISPs).

 

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iMENTORS will be showcased to the general stakeholder community for the first time on May 30th at the IST Africa conference held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Beta version of the platform will be released to the wider public on July 15th.

To stay updated, I encourage you to register to our mailing list.

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Tools for science

Research infrastructures (RIs) play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology. They are a key instrument in bringing together a wide diversity of stakeholders to look for solutions to many of the problems society is facing today. RIs offer unique research services to users from different countries, attract young people to science, and help to shape scientific communities.

 

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iMENTORS,launched in April 2012 by Stockholm UniversityandGov2u, will map all e-infrastructures of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa, in the objective of providing valuable insights on the gaps and progress made in the region and to enhance the coordination of international actors involved in information and communication technology initiatives.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission, DG CONNECT, under the seventh framework programme.

iMENTORS is in the final phase of building the online virtual observatory platform.The alpha version has been online and operational with the final additions uploaded by April 2013. The beta version will be available to the public starting July 2013.

Want to participate in an online community of practice?

 Join our Community of Practice! Register and create your own or your organisation’s public profile to exchange ideas, expertise and best practices, find partners, contacts and opportunities in e-infrastructure development, or increase the visibility of your own project.

 

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Capture: EC e-infrastructures Head of Unit Kostas Glinos presents the iMENTORS project at the PAERIP conference

 

A high-level conference on “Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships” took place on 7-8 March 2013 at the Hotel Thon EU in Brussels, Belgium.  The conference presented the outcomes of the PAERIP (Promoting African European Research Infrastructures Partnerships) project, funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). 

 

The conference took place at a crucial time for the development of new cooperation instruments for Africa-EU cooperation including for collaboration in science, technology and innovation.  These instruments include, for example, the new EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the EU Development Cooperation Instrument and the European Development Fund.  Within this context, one of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of PAERIP’s recommendations on how research infrastructure partnerships could best be promoted as part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

 

iMENTORS was presented by EC e- infrastructures Head of Unit Kostas Glinos as a case study of potential flagship Africa-EU research infrastructure cooperation initiative in e-infrastructures. He explained that the ultimate objective of iMENTORS is to form a vibrant online community of practice made of international actors and practitioners exchanging of up-to-date knowledge and information through online social interactions and dedicated spaces for online collaboration, and encourage the community to adopt and update the platform on its own.

 

The event placed EU research at the centre of the scientific response to global challenges, bringing together scientists and science policymakers from 100 countries.

 

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