"Managing data is hard. So many of our partner institutions are under-resourced when it comes to preparing, archiving, sharing and interpreting HIV-related datasets. Crucial datasets often sit on the laptops of local staff in Excel sheets and Word documents, or in large locked-down data warehouses where only a few have the understanding to access it. But data is useless if is not accessible by trusted parties for analysis." AIDS Data Repository
This month’s CKAN Monthly Live will be about harmonising health data around the globe. We will have Fjelltopp - a technical consultancy building and maintaining CKAN instances for the United Nations AIDS relief fund (UNAIDS). UNAIDS supports modelling and estimation of the AIDS and HIV epidemic in countries across Africa. This process depends on a complex ecosystem of national and international stakeholders, data, and software tools, with CKAN at the centre.
Join us to learn more about Fjelltopp's efforts to help harmonise the world's public health data from speakers Dr. Jonathan S. Berry and Tomasz Sabała who are going to share with us what has worked well (and not so well!).
The highlight of their presentation will be the AIDS Data Repository project that aims to improve the quality, accessibility and consistency of HIV data and HIV estimates by providing a centralised platform with tools to help countries manage and share their HIV data.
Fjelltopp is a social enterprise on a mission to help harmonise health data around the globe, especially in low and middle income countries. Working since 2015 with UN field experts (including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, FAO), Ministries of Health, and other local partners across Africa and Eastern Europe, including the Central African Republic, Somalia, Malawi, Madagascar, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. As an advocate of The Principles for Digital Development, Fjelltopp seek to provide solutions that are sustainable, open-source, interoperable, and user-orientated. A company committed to ethical business and social mission before profit.
- Dr Jonathan S. Berry
CEO at Fjelltopp
Jonathan is passionate about using technology and data to improve the quality of life in some of the poorest countries in the world. After completing a PhD in Computer Science at Durham University (U.K.) Jonathan worked as a technical consultant for the World Health Organisation (Jordan) during the Syrian refugee crisis, developing an integrated, case-based, real-time, electronic public health surveillance solution. Jonathan and his colleagues founded Fjelltopp out of the success of this work.
- Tomasz Sabała
Technical Director at Fjelltopp
With a masters in applied Physics, Tomasz worked for Pega as a software engineer before taking on a public health data engineering role with UNICEF Somalia during the national 2017 pre-famine response - where he met the Fjelltopp team. Tomek is a technical lead working to understand what it is that makes software teams successful. He has been working with CKAN for two years, taking a lead on DevOps, infrastructure and full stack development of CKAN extensions.
- Date: Wednesday, October 20
Time: 13:00 UTC
- Language: English
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- Presentation – 15 min
- Discussion / Q&A – 10 min
- Community sharing & announcements - 10 min
- Closing – 5 min
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