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Data sharing for sustainable development in less developed and developing countries

There is a clear and strong relationship between natural resources and development. This is more evident in developing countries. Decision makers more especially in developing countries have a challenge of implementing policies, laws and strategies which will promote the sustainable utilisation of the resources to realise sustainable development. A key area of decision-making concerns economic and environmental trade-offs, a highly political process (Bullock and Cosgrove, 2009). Developing countries more especially those less developed are not only faced with the challenge of insufficient and unreliable meteohydrologic observation networks but also with the challenge of sharing such data and information. Data and information management is also poor and disseminating data is still a challenge. “We might not have all the information we would like to have before acting, but we do know enough now to begin to take significant steps” (de Gooijer et al., 2009). These challenges have become a hindrance to sustainable development in many nations. These challenges have become a hindrance to sustainable development in many nations. Most developing countries rely on the natural resources for their development. Lives and livelihoods depend on the natural resources for development. Therefore, for this development to be sustainable, a rigorous management including monitoring of the resources is extremely important.

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Thinking a Global Open Genome Sequence Data Framework for Sustainable Development

The cost of genome sequencing has fallen one-million fold in the past several years. The technology is widely accessible and it is now inexpensive to quickly produce genome sequence information for large numbers of individuals. A ‘genomics revolution’ is underway, which is transforming the life sciences, including biomedicine and animal and plant breeding.

The UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on post-2015 development goals has recently called for “a New Data Revolution” for sustainable development. However, genomic data does not squarely fit within the narrow statistical focus described by the Panel. Critical gaps concerning the governance of genomics data need to be filled for the promotion of science as a global public good. Main focus of the brief is on plant breeding, but similar cases can be made for animal breeding and (human) biomedicine.

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