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Sub-regional workshop on data and metadata sharing and exchange for English-speaking African countries
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 to Friday, September 21, 2018
Kigali, Rwanda

The workshop on data and metadata sharing and exchange is organized under the following expected accomplishment of the programme “Enhanced capacity of african countries to launch or improve institutional mechanisms and procedures, at the national and local level, for the production and utilization of SDG indicators”. The workshop is organized by the African Centre for Statistics, the United Nations Environment and the United Nations Statistics Division.
The workshop will allow experts from national statistical systems, IT experts and experts from international organizations to review and discuss requirements for the development of common data repositories across national statistical systems and the use of innovative software and tools for data and metadata sharing and exchange in support of the reporting, dissemination, and utilization of SDG Indicators. They will address and discuss how to mainstream statistical data and metadata storage and exchange through the adoption of open standards and technologies such as SDMX.
This workshop will raise awareness among the countries on the advantages of using common data and metadata portals and open standards and technologies for exchanging and reporting data and metadata in the framework of the SDG indicators. The workshop will also raise awareness of tools available to support data and metadata exchange using the SDMX standard, and how these can be used to facilitate the exchange of SDG indicators in various scenarios as related to reporting and dissemination infrastructure available in the country. The workshop will also review the Principles of SDG Indicator Reporting and Dissemination Platforms and guidelines for their application in the context of data sharing and exchange.
A summary note including main challenges, case examples, and suggestions on how to use common data and metadata portals and open standards and tools for exchanging and reporting data and metadata will be prepared. Best practices identified under this activity will be documented on the e-learning portal.

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