Workshop on Big Data Technologies and Open Semantic Resources

We are excited to announce the ongoing workshop titled "Data in Action: Big Data Technologies and Open Semantic Resources as Enablers."

 The event, organized by the Data Innovation Lab of the African Development Bank in collaboration with COMESA and NISR, with contributions from PARIS21, is taking place from May 15-19, 2023, in the vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop aims to equip participants with practical skills and knowledge in utilizing big data technologies and semantic resources to improve data quality and accessibility.

In today's data-driven world, traditional methods of data collection and analysis no longer suffice to meet the increasing demands for high-quality, timely, and accurate statistical information. Recognizing this, the workshop aims to provide national statistical office staff with hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of the latest big data technologies and semantic resources. By harnessing the power of these tools, participants will be better equipped to collect, analyze, and disseminate statistical data effectively.

The workshop's curriculum combines theoretical and practical sessions, ensuring participants gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Big data technologies, including fault tolerance and high availability, will be explored, highlighting their relevance to data collection and analysis. Furthermore, the workshop will delve into the contributions of semantic technologies to enhance data capabilities. Participants will be exposed to geospatial data integration, enabling them to compute relative distances for quantifying infrastructure quality and measuring service accessibility, particularly in the context of healthcare.

This workshop is tailored to the specific needs and challenges faced by staff members from national statistical offices across 15 African countries, including policymakers from Rwanda's Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. The program aims to empower participants with practical skills that can be directly applied in their daily work, leading to more effective, efficient, and accurate data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

The workshop's objectives are multifaceted. It aims to:

  1. Equip participants with hands-on experience in utilizing big data technologies and open semantic resources.
  2. Enhance participants' understanding of the role of these technologies in improving data quality and accessibility.
  3. Foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among participants from various African countries.
  4. Empower participants to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge in their respective national statistical offices.
  5. Contribute to the overall improvement of data capabilities in the region.

The workshop employs a methodology that encourages active engagement and practical application. Participants have the opportunity to work on real-life case studies, fostering a deeper understanding of the concepts and techniques discussed. Collaborative activities and group discussions facilitate knowledge sharing and networking among participants.

By the end of the workshop, participants will gain valuable insights into the potential of big data technologies and open semantic resources to transform data collection, analysis, and dissemination processes. They will leave with practical skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented in their work, ultimately contributing to more accurate and timely statistical information.

The Data Innovation Lab of the African Development Bank, in collaboration with COMESA and NISR, is thrilled to host this workshop and looks forward to a productive and impactful event. We believe that by enhancing data capabilities through big data technologies and open semantic resources, we can unlock new opportunities for evidence-based decision-making and sustainable development in Africa.

Stay tuned for updates on the workshop's content, methodologies, and the exciting outcomes that are expected to emerge from this transformative event. Together, we can harness the power of data for a brighter future.


NISR Communication Officer