Wednesday, 2 November, Nairobi.
The African Leadership Centre showcased its Data-Lab project at this year’s King’s Big Data Day event held at King’s College London, Guys Campus.
Present during the event were ALC 2016-2017 fellow’s Zekarias Abebe (Ethiopia) Awah Leonide (Cameroon), Iris Nxumalo (South Africa), Sheila Gitonga (Kenya) and Radwa Saad (Egypt).
The Data-Lab Project’s Leader, Damilola Adegoke who is also an Alumnus of the ALC led the ALC team at the event.
At the event, the ALC Data Lab Project was part of a Big Data Pitched Ideas cluster which won the 2016 King’s Big Data Pitched Ideas Award.
This pitch titled “A Visual Analytics System for Monitoring, Prediction and Control of Cattle Zoonotic Disease in Developing Countries” Other members of the cluster included representatives from other faculties such as the informatics and Medical Sciences.
The Data Lab is a project of the ALC dedicated to providing much needed data hub and warehouse for security, peacebuilding and development data on Africa.
The Data Lab has different frameworks for data analyses and visualizations to help policy makers and researchers across the continent. The data lab also showcases both qualitative and quantitative data emanating from ALC research and key areas of focus.
The KCL Big Data Day provided the ALC with an opportunity to meet researchers across King’s working with data-centric research across King’s seven faculties. The Spotlight Talks provided an opportunity for the participants to hear from faculty representatives about their respective projects.
The first set of presentations was delivered by representatives from the Arts and Humanities Faculty, Dental Institute, Dickson Poon School of Law and (in absentia) the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.
These presentations enabled the ALC team to explore techno-cultural approaches to the study of Big Data, notions of algorithm governance, accountability and harm through law and ethics and the use of Big Data in the service of Quality and Outcomes Framework for practicing nurses.
The ALC Data-Laboratory is currently seeking partnership opportunities with other organizations pursuing similar objectives across Africa and globally.
- Alfred Muteru