Welcome to the April 2021 Module 1 Newsletter.
This year continues to be challenging as we deal with a range of emotions including anxiety, grief, anger, and loss wrought by the pandemic, conflict, displacement of large numbers of people, racially-motivated violence, and other challenges. The upheavals of the CGIAR reorganization don't help. I hope you and your families are staying well, sane, and optimistic through it all.
Many of you have questions about the Big Data Platform and the work we have advanced so well together. I don't have any revelations or knowledge to share, other than to say that we have without doubt elevated the conversation around data management to leadership levels, and I don't expect the importance of open (and increasingly FAIR, responsibly managed) assets to diminish.
We hope you find the information below useful, and want to end this section with a reminder to attend the IDM CoP webinar tomorrow, April 20 at 2:00 pm CEST. It is titled "Challenges of managing qualitative data – stories from the trenches", and with a mix of researchers (from Cornell University and IITA) and data managers (from IFPRI and IITA), promises to be interesting. We see this as Part I of a two-part set of webinars on qualitative and socioeconomic data management. The link and password to join the webinar are in the Webinars section below. See you tomorrow!
Medha and Céline
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