Big data consortia planned for SA

SANSA intends to join a consortia of South African institutions, which includes the Universities of Cape Town, North West, Pretoria, Sol Plaatje, Western Cape and WITS as well as the SKA-South Africa, to establish a proto-type African Research Cloud (proto-type ARC). The Agency is in the process of finalising an MOU that will formally cement its membership in the consortia.

The African Research Cloud (ARC) aims to bring together resources and expertise from multiple institutions across the continent to establish a distributed and shared infrastructure, tools and environment for big data research in strategic domain's such as astronomy, bioinformatics and Earth observation.

The first phase of development of the ARC involves South African institutions collaboratively developing a functional proto-type for the ARC. During this phase the focus will be on, amongst others, defining strategic science demonstration projects and enabling the development of a continental pilot which should result in the full roll out of the ARC by the middle of the next decade.

SANSA will provide an Earth observation node for the proto-type ARC and ultimately the ARC. The EO node will enable the Earth observation community in South Africa and the continent to engage in EO focused big data research. In so doing SANSA will be leveraging its data infrastructure to provide more timely and accurate information for determining, amongst others, progress on initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, food security and water resource management. This node of the ARC will ultimately provide support of evidenced based policy and decision making across the continent and will thus support the objectives of the African Space Strategy and AfriGEOSS.

 

Hidden Figures #HiddenNoMore

Hidden figures

'An incredible display of how to achieve incredible feats in the face of adversity through passion, perseverance and excellence' - SANSA

Hidden Figures (https://youtu.be/jetpvwpTF1o), an American portrayal of the true life experience of three remarkable African American women who were employed at NASA in the sixties, had a pre-screening on 22 February 2017 at three city centres in the country.

SANSA was privileged to participate at these screenings in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and got the opportunity to show off some of our own 'Hidden Figures' who shared their experiences and achievements at the Agency.

Wishing you a 'Space- filled' Valentine

SANSA bids farewell to Earth Observation Head

Dr JaneDr Jane Olwoch

The Managing Director for the SANSA Earth Observation programme, Dr Jane Olwoch will be taking her leave of the Agency at the end of January 2017. She has been leading the programme since  its establishment in 2011 and made a valuable contribution to the development and appreciation of Earth observation during her tenure.

She has ensured the delivery of extensive services to both private and public sector and contributed her leadership in many international forums on behalf of SANSA.

Dr Olwoch leaves SANSA to pursue further growth opportunities and we are grateful to her for her contribution to the field of Earth Observation and wish her a bright future in her new endeavour.

New head at helm of Space Agency

Val1Dr Val Munsami

Dr Valanathan Munsami has been appointed as a successor to Dr Sandile Malinga, as the new CEO for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) effective from 3 January 2017.

Dr Malinga left the Agency in August 2016 following five years as inaugural CEO and Board member, Mr Potlaki Maine was appointed as interim CEO to manage the agency during the appointment process of a permanent CEO. The Agency appreciates the efforts of both Dr Malinga and Mr Maine for their valuable leadership of this young organisation.

Dr Munsami takes the helm following an impactful past in shaping South Africa's space science landscape. He has held a number of positions within the Department of Science and Technology, with the latest position held being the Chief Science and Technology Representative of the Department of Science and Technology since February 2016.

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