The Data and Information Management Unit (DIMU) anchored the training on data management, in February. This training aimed to equip the participants with knowledge on the various aspects of data management such as data quality and organization, curation, and metadata. The DIMU staff conducting the sessions also covered important areas such as Office365, SharePoint, and Open Access. E-research coordinator Martin Mueller led facilitators from DIMU including Olatunbosun Obileye, Elsie Ezomo, Soji Oloyede, and Bosede Ayinla along with Morenike Abu from the Project Development and Administration Unit (PDAU).
The training sessions are in consonance with the agenda of the current IARSAF executive to empower its members and strengthen sustainable and innovative agricultural research in Africa. They had the full support of IITA’s Deputy Director General, Research for Development, May-Guri Saethre, who was represented by Senior Executive Assistant Mary Badejo. She encouraged participants to make efficient use of the lessons learnt as the training courses were intended to improve their research skills. She also pledged R4D’s continuous support to all IARSAF activities.