uLwazi node

cape town

SAEON is mandated by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to preserve and provide access to earth and environmental observation data for South Africa. 

open data

uLwazi (meaning ‘knowledge’) curates data and develops open data systems and applications, which are distributed on an Open Data Platform (ODP).  The ODP directly supports and allows users free access to and visualisation of spatial and non-spatial data. This includes impacts of global change on human and natural environments. Open Data refers to data that is freely available, can be accessed, used and/or changed and republished by anyone.​

Data Publication

The SAEON Open Data Portal (ODP) offers the ability to store metadata and datasets in a secure environment that protects the intellectual property rights of the data providers. Metadata must accompany all datasets that are archived or published in the SAEON ODP. To facilitate search and discovery, all metadata will be publicly accessible. 

our vision

Publication, discovery, dissemination, and preservation of global change data in South Africa for the support of innovative research and evidence-based decision making to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits.

SAEON’s infrastructure is based on standardised metadata and discovery tools, with FAIR principles embedded into SAEON’s systems and data curation procedures.

Major Projects
Staff Members
TB of Mirrored Storage

open data resources

Zindi-SAEON collaboration on air quality across Africa

Through this collaboration, we developed and published a method for predicting historical air quality (as measured by daily median PM2.5 concentration) for locations where no ground-based sensors are present.

COVID-19 Vulnerability Product

This online resource provides data and visualisations to support the planning and response to the COVID-19 Pandemic locally and nationally in South Africa. ​

SAEON's Repository

SAEON has established the data curation workflow where each dataset published to our Open Data Portal can be assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).