Universities unite to boost SKA

Construction on the SKA is planned to start in Carnarvon, Northern Cape, in 2017/18. Three South African universities have teamed up to address the shortage of data scientists, who are required for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Demand for these skills in SA is set to increase when the SKA radio telescope goes live. Data scientists will be required to interpret and analyse the vast amount of data that will be produced. However, there is already a dearth of these skills in SA, with fears that this will result in the data generated by the SKA being shipped and hosted overseas. According to the Department of Science and Technology, for “healthy participation” in the SKA, SA will need 200 data scientists when the project is live. The skills challenge…

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