Crossing the Tracks in Africa: How RENs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries are Working with Global Research Institutions to Enable Collaboration
Time 03/08/19 10:30AM-11:45AM
Modern research collaborations depend on all the technologies and services that established NRENs provide their stakeholders. The partnership between researchers, academicians, and the RENs is crucial to raising the level of science and education in countries like those in Africa. Both, the National RENs and the Regional RENs provide a gateway to collaborators locally and those in other countries throughout the world. These networks and their curators provide the ability to move large datasets, and in some cases, when they are too large, offer paths to science DMZs that host the tools needed to remotely analyze data that is less transportable. Between countries in Africa, the regional RENs provide a crucial backbone for researchers, connecting non-profit research organizations to investigators at local universities and remote collaborators in the US and other countries around the world. The need to share data and provide access to computational tools for analysis also depends on identity tools that allow scientists to collaborate. The trust federations linked together by eduGAIN are giving African scientists not just the ability to access remote tools but also to share data collected in those countries with foreign collaborators securely and confidently. African RENs are building eduID to meet the needs of research for a trust and identity framework across the continent particularly in places with nascent RENs and federations.
The panel will present the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases program to build African Centers for Excellence in Bioinformatics research in East and West Africa in partnership with the Regional and National RENs. The Rakai Health Sciences Program and the NIAID International Center for Excellence in Research worked with the Ugandan REN to build a Data Warehouse and manage research operations across the backbone and reaching collaborators through the international connections to Internet2 and Géant. In Mali, the NIH is partnering with WACREN and MaliREN to build a Science DMZ that connects to the West African backbones and allows the researchers at the collaborative laboratories to work closely with their colleagues on Malaria Vaccine development and parasite drug resistance, as well as many other areas of concern to global health organizations.
Speaker Michael Tartakovsky National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Speaker Ari Berman BioTeam, Inc.
Speaker Christopher Whalen National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Speaker Omo Oaiya WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network)