Workshop: Data Infrastructure for Carbon Observation in Africa

Save the Date: 16 May 2019, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town  - 09h30-15h30


The SEACRIFOG project is aimed primarily at defining the scope and functionality required for a carbon-observing research infrastructure for Africa.

Building on the designs, requirements, and scoping of the research infrastructure, SAEON, SASSCAL, and ICOS-ERIC are collaborating to define and build the data infrastructure to support this research. We have, thus far, developed a number of resources that informs this process:

  1. Scope of Standard Variables
  2. Requirements for Data Infrastructure
  3. Policy and Governance of Distributed Infrastructure
  4. Blueprints for a Systems of Systems Ecosystem: physical and software systems, guidance, and standards and specifications for a distributed data infrastructure

Purpose of the Workshop

Obtaining community inputs into and feedback on the requirements, governance, architecture, and implementation of a continent-wide data infrastructure to support SEACRIFOG in Africa.

Who Should Attend?

Systems developers, curators, data repository managers, and researchers working in global change science, and more specifically, carbon cycling and observation.

Provisional Programme

  • 09h30-10h00 Welcome, and background on SEACRIFOG and scope of the workshop;              Antonio Bombelli, CMCC Viterbo, Italy
  • 10h00-10h45 Validation of Standard Variables and Protocols;  Matthew Saunders, TCD Dublin, Ireland
  • 10h45-11h30 Confirmation of Scope of Observation: Existing Infrastructures and Observation Networks in Africa, Proposed Sites;  Johannes Beck, SASSCAL Windhoek, Namibia
  • 11h30-11h45 Break

  • 11h45-12h30 Requirements for Data Infrastructure;  Wim Hugo, SAEON Cape Town South Africa

  • 12h30-13h30 Lunch Break

  • 13h30-14h15 Policy and Governance;  Wim Hugo, SAEON Cape Town South Africa

  • 14h15-15h00 Architecture and Blueprint;  Wim Hugo, SAEON Cape Town South Africa

  • 15h00-15h30 Wrap-Up and Way Forward;  Antonio Bombelli, CMCC Viterbo, Italy


The workshop will require participants to review SEACRIFOG outputs prior to the meeting on the 16th, so that feedback and discussion can be the focus. The materials for preparation and feedback provision will be provided here soon.


Attendance is limited to 15 delegates on a first-come first-served basis, but it will also be possible to attend the meeting remotely. Please contact Wim Hugo to announce your participation:

We cannot pay any travel costs, food will provided during the lunch break.