UNESCO to Support the African Continental Platform for Data Management on Science, Technology and Innovation

UNESCO to Support the African Continental Platform for Data Management on Science, Technology and Innovation
UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has initiated support to the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) towards the designing of an African continental platform for data management on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The design will be accomplished tentatively by end of June 2021. The platform will be interactive and digitally user-friendly for STI data collection, aggregation, analysis and dissemination.

The African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation was established to serve as a continental repository for Science, Technology and Innovation statistics and a source of policy analysis in support of evidence-based policy making in Africa. Since its establishment, there has been an increased availability of STI data, particularly in R&D (inputs and outputs data), innovation and in policy instruments. However, the data collected by countries have not found decent homes. The platform will, therefore, serve as a continental web-based repository for STI data and statistics which will facilitate the reporting processes and improve evidence-based policy making.

It will specifically provide: 1) A comprehensive up to date information on the national STI indicators; 2) Information on the STI policy instruments, legislation and regulations and related control requirements for the African countries; and, 3) Direct access to AOSTI and individual countries STI statistics that may be downloaded for statistical research and study.

The STI Data platform will include a user interface (front-end), servers, applications and database management system (back-end).

It will also include statistics and indicator reports, confidentiality features, users guide manual, country report and any other useful tools related to STI policies and indicators.

UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa is delighted to be part of such an initiative to guide African countries monitor and evaluate the state of STI in Africa. For more information please contact: Mr. Mama PLEA: m.plea@unesco.org

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