Data Science

SAEON’s uLwazi Node has been growing capacity and skill sets with a number of recent recruits, including in the newly formed Data Science team.

With a full complement of data scientists, the team is uniquely positioned within SAEON to assist South Africa to respond effectively to long-term global change.

The Team is engaged with four primary aspects:

  • Data Products: sourcing, processing, analysis and publishing of datasets.
  • Applications and Systems: project driven design and development of user-facing portals including Atlas’s to support policy and decision making mainly in the field of risk and vulnerability to global change, adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation.
  • Data Analysis and Synthesis: reports, presentations, and academic submissions.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Developing concepts and supporting the needs and requirements of our stakeholder community, developing proposals and expressions of interest, and publishing, disseminating, and promoting the outputs that we produce.

Technical support services offered by the team include:

  • Development, standardisation, and hosting of vocabularies and vocabulary services (‘Semantics’  services). This capability can be utilised in the development of the National Framework for Climate Services and a National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Framework.
  • Conceptual thinking and solution design, development of scenarios, and mapping of options and ideas as well as decision-support tools (‘Concepts’ services). 
  • Arbitration between solutions and assessment of multi-objective interventions (‘Synthesis’ services). Development of new data products to serve a specific need or answer a societal question in the field of global change. This also includes reports, presentations, and academic submissions. 

A user-centred design approach is used by the team

an iterative process in where the team focuses on the users and their needs in each phase of the development process