Changing The Face Of Data Collection With Technology

Students of Accra Technical University at a seminar organized by DEXAfrica in collaboration with the Computer Science Department of the University have benefited from a training on Modern Data Collection Technology.
The seminar organized to help students understand how digitization is changing the Ghanaian workforce was centered on data collection techniques, data collectors like the cobo collector, ArcGIS online, odk, etc, and advanced techniques for implementing field data.
Speaking to the students, the Dean of Applied Science, Dr. Alice Mensah advised the students about the importance of data and how technology is changing the scope of events in recent times.
“Data helps us in planning, taking decisions, formulating policies and making informed choices, the reason you made your choice to be in the computer science department and not fashion. This is as a result of information gotten and making your decision per data gotten”, she added.
The Dean of Engineering, Professor Amevi Acakpovi indicated that the University could partner with DEXAfrica to introduce modern data collection programmes into the school’s curriculum for adequate training of students and thereby making them fully equipped for the job market.
The co-founder of Ghana Think, Brenda Bijen, also revealed that modern data is helping to better the lives of farmers in rural areas using data collection tools. She introduced the students to Poimapper, an online application tool by Ghana Think, used in the collection of data.
Gare Lawson, a member of DEXAfrica and an alumnus of the University advised students not to throw away the knowledge acquired in school because it is the bedrock to stepping out into the world of work. He however encouraged students to be abreast with the variety of data collectors to prepare themselves for the market.
The HOD for Computer Science, Dr. Nana Yaw Asabere in his closing remarks espoused his profound gratitude to DEXAfrica and Think Ghana for making the seminar a success. He also hinted on having future collaborations with the company.
“This seminar has enlightened us on modern data and its usage. What ATU has to do now is for the Computer Science Department to join hands with the Mathematics and Statistics Department to introduce Data Science as a new course”, he added.
Students present at the end of the seminar were allowed free access for a year on the Poimapper application by Ghana Think to aid them in their final research thesis and in learning about modern data.