uLwazi node

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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.

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open data resources

SAEON's Data 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).

featured projects

South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas

SARVA is an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation and forms a 10-year Global Change Grand Challenge. It is currently in its third phase of implementation with this phase focusing on improved access to ecological, economic, human, and settlement data and the development of decision-support tools that assist with evaluating and managing of the risks associated with global change.

BioEnergy Atlas

The BioEnergy Atlas for South Africa is a repository of information, tools, and data supporting the bioenergy industry in South Africa.

The Marine Information Management System (MIMS)

The Marine Information Management System (MIMS) is an open repository that archives and publishes collections and subsets of marine related datasets for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: Oceans and Coastal Research (DFFE:OCR), South Africa.

National Climate Change Response Database

The platform was developed by SAEON for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to facilitate the monitoring and tracking of national, provincial and local responses to climate change.

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