Building on an existing collaboration with GBIF Spain, the objective of this project is to strengthen the new GBIF node in Zimbabwe through mentoring and capacity building of potential data publishers and users. These activities complement the recent formation of Steering and Technical committees, crucial to making GBIF Zimbabwe a success. Online mentoring by GBIF Spain will help GBIF Zimbabwe develop a Strategic Plan that will set targets and guide activities of the node for the next five years. Furthermore, online interactions well help in the setting up of an IPT for hosting data mobilized by institutions in Zimbabwe.
GBIF Spain will host two representatives of GBIF Zimbabwe for hands-on data publication training and citizen science engagement. During the visit GBIF Spain will share experiences on the structure of the node, its activities, challenges and opportunities. After this capacity enhancement activity, trained staff from GBIF Zimbabwe and three other local trainers will organize workshops on data mobilization and data access for stakeholders in Zimbabwe.
As a direct impact of the project, at least two data holding institutions are expected to register with GBIF and publish at least five datasets and 20,000 records. GBIF Zimbabwe will continue to build capacity within institutions in Zimbabwe following the conclusion of the project, resulting in more institutions joining and publishing data to the GBIF network.
The project started with online activities with GBIF Spain, which resulted in the installation of an IPT for GBIF Zimbabwe. Shortly after a citizen science engagement and data publication workshop was held in Madrid, 23rd to the 27th of September 2019. Two members from GBIF Zimbabwe were trained by five mentors from GBIF Spain at the workshop. The participants were trained in data mobilization tools and concepts that will be useful in the training of data holders in Zimbabwe. As a result of the workshop, the structure of GBIF Zimbabwe has been setup and modelled around that of GBIF Spain. A room on gbif.es has opened to enhance the communication between the project partners.