The information technology (IT) equipment and staff support the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) which enables each Geological Survey organisation to fulfil its missions regarding the geoscientific information. These include (1) collect, (2) store and manage, (3) valorise, and (4) ensure the availability of reliable georeferenced data to several target groups i.e. other government organisations, national and regional communities, planners, private sector, education and citizens.
As part of the PanAfGeo-2 Project, WP-G aims to improve and/or strengthen, capabilities among the staff employed by the African Geological Survey organisations (existing and recruited) in the field of geoscience information management and related information technologies at operational level, with adaptation to the local context and the sustainability potential. At institutional level, this newly skilled workforce is in a better position to design and set up or further develop the national geological and minerals information system.
Based on the training evaluations, and as recommended by the PanAfGeo-1 Advisory Board, these training sessions should now be pursued at an advanced level for the PanAfGeo-1 participants while offering basic level access to the new comers in PanAfGeo-2. The informal networks generated by the nine previous session groups of Geodata management, trainees throughout Africa need to be supported and strengthened as a basis of a new South-South cooperation community of geoscientific data managers.
Each training session of PanAfGeo-1 resulted spontaneously in informal networks of newly skilled geoinformation managers throughout the continent. Several African Geological Survey organisations demonstrated their concern and involvement for the sustainable integration of the new knowledge and skills in their organisation. Then, their active contribution is instrumental in the setting up of a formal network of regional centres of excellence.
Six training sessions including basic and advanced levels:
WP-G is led by BRGM (France) in close cooperation with GeoZS (Slovenia), GEUS (Denmark and Greenland), and LNEG (Portugal), and with the technical and scientific assistance of African Geological Surveys.
WP-G aims to fulfil the overall objective of the Action, especially by,
Favouring dialogue and networking between participants for other WPs.