The Electronic Geophysical Year: 2007-2008

eGYAfrica (better internet access for science in Africa)


Activities


Reference Documents


Policy Statements, Declarations, and Resolutions


Publications and Reports


eGYAfrica 2012 Workshop, Nairobi


eGYAfrica 2010 Workshop, Accra


eGYAfrica Newsletter


Powerpoint Presentations

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eGY - An Opportunity to Improve Access to Earth and Space Science Data (1.9 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15  Notes
eGYAfrica Discussion: How to advance the cyber-infrastructure for science in Africa (420 KB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 
Internet view of the Digital Divide, especially for Sub-Saharan Africa (5 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45  Notes
Highlights of the Internet for Africa meeting, Montpellier 10-12 Dec 2007 (1.5 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15 
eGY presentation at the IST Conference, Namibia, May 2008 (2.4 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  Notes
eGYAfrica: Reducing the Digital Divide for Science in Africa (7.7 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19  Notes
IHY-Africa Meeting Report - Sunanda Basu, Boston University (7.7 MB)  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22 

The Goal:

The central goal of eGYAfrica is to make African communities wealthier, safer, and more sustainable through full participation in the information revolution.

The Opportunity

The Internet is a powerful and efficient method of providing scientists, students, educators, and the public everywhere with ready access to data, information, and services. It also permits unprecedented collaboration and sharing of information and expertise. These benefits are particularly valuable for people in African countries, where the limited resources for travel, data acquisition, and computational/analysis facilities restrict development.

The Problem:

In practice, science researchers, educators, and students in Africa are denied these benefits because they lack adequate computer facilities and access to the Internet. Instead of becoming more empowered and involved in worldwide developments, they are becoming increasingly marginalised. In places where Internet facilities exist, they are often available only through the private sector at high cost. This so-called digital divide appears to be increasing.

How can eGYAfrica add value?

The need to improve Internet facilities in Africa, particularly in schools, Universities, and other institutions is already being addressed by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and top policy-defining and policy advocacy bodies in Africa, such as the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, NEPAD, and the e-Africa Commission. Our strategy is to complement the efforts of such bodies by providing a bottom-up focus for the (geo)science community to (i) lend its voice in support of high level policy recommendations, and (ii) influence, at the local, national, and regional levels, those responsible for providing Internet services to Universities and related institutions.

Committee Members:

AMAESHI Larry Dept. Physics, University of Lagos, Nigeria larryamma@yahoo.co.uk
BAKI Paul
LOC eGYAfrica2012
Kenya Polytechnic Univ. College, Nairobi, Kenya paulbaki@gmail.com
BARRY Boubakar
AAU
Association of Africa Universities, Accra, Ghana boubakarbarry@gmail.com,
barry@ucad.sn
BARTON Charles
(International)
RSES, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia cebarton@gmail.com
CHUKWUMA Victor
Chair, eGYAfrica
Dept Physics, Olabisi Olabanjo Univ., Nigeria victorchukwuma@yahoo.com
COTTRELL Les
PingER Project
SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Stanford, USA cottrell@slac.stanford.edu
DOUMBEA Vafi Laboratoire de Physique de l'Atmosphère, University of Cocody, Abijan, Cote d'Ivoire doumouya@ucar.edu
FOSU Collins Dept. Geomatic Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana fosucoll@hotmail.com
GAYE Mohamed L'Université Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar, Senegal mmgaye@ucad.sn
MEBRAHTU Alem
Secretary eGYAfrica
Mekelle Univ., P.O.Box 3044, Mekelle, Ethiopia alemmeb@googlemail.com
NYANGANYURA Daniel
(Newsletter)
ICSU Regional Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa d.nyanganyura@icsu-africa.org,
nyanganyura@gmail.com
PETITDIDIER Monique Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales, Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, Vélizy, France monique.petitdidier@latmos.ipsl.fr