Research work and community service is said to be the backbone of educational institutions and at the University of Gondar it is no exception. Every year countless research works are published and defended in an attempt to develop the academic fields in the country as well as its intellect. Many problem solving abstracts have contributed to the sustainable growth of the country in fields such as agriculture, business, medicine and the social sciences. As such the University of Gondar for the past few years has created an elaborate storage place so others can retrieve and look back on past research. This work, which is done electronically has many benefits and has gained the praise of many.
But with that being said is it possible to also store and save the data of such research to preserve the techniques that were used while doing particular research? On 13 August 2018 the University of Gondar underwent a training that focused on the management of such related data and its advantages.
“After working to save the vital research of students and scholars, over the past couple of years, todays training shows that the data of research should also be saved in a repository” said Mr. Alehegn Adane, the Director of the Library and Documentation Services Directorate.
The capacity building training will take place for the next 5 days and will have the support and backing of the University of Vienna, G.I.Z, EtherNet and the Ethiopian Education Strategy Center.
Topics that were discussed were related to establishing an institutional service center for research support, role models including IT competencies areas of responsibility and about lifestyle management.
According to Dr. Pablo Budroni data is important for research, teaching purposes and is vital for job institutions. Although these things are true data management in Ethiopia is relatively low. Hence the training will try to change perceptions and alter the course of the current trajectory to better manage and save the university’s much needed data.
By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations