New nutrition focus for free open data management online course

12th October 2018

Our friends at the GODAN Action project are pleased to announce a new call for applications for our free Open Data Management Online Course. Book your place now for the last chance to take the course before the end of the year.

GODAN Action has been offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition since autumn 2017 in addition to a number of face-to-face trainings. This free online course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. So far, including the recent course that ran in October 2018,  2700+ people from over 120 countries have been trained on open data management through this online course.

This time around the course content has been enriched with more content on nutrition data in addition to agriculture and land. GODAN Action particularly invite those who are working in the nutrition field, both as data producers and consumers to apply for this course. The course will be held from 19 November to 7 December 2018.

The course will last 3 weeks and is offered in English. Participants are expected to spend on average eight hours per week completing lessons and engaging in activities such as discussion forums and webinars. The course is free of charge.

The curriculum consists of five units: Open Data PrinciplesMaking Data OpenUsing Open DataSharing Open Data, and IPR and Licensing.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and benefits of open data
  • Understand ethics and responsible use of data
  • Identify the steps to advocate for open data policies
  • Recognise the necessary steps to set up an open data repository
  • Understand how and where to find open data
  • Apply techniques to data analysis and visualisation
  • Define open data frameworks and FAIR data principles
  • Understand the basics of copyright and database rights
  • Apply open licenses to data

A detailed curriculum of the course is available on the GODAN Action website. For more information, please visit their e-learning course homepage.

To apply for the course, please complete this online form by 5 November 2018.

The course will run between 19 November - 7 December 2018 for 3 weeks.

For further information, please contact

This online course is the result of a collaboration between GODAN Action partners, including Wageningen Environmental Research, AgroKnow, AidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

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