DSTN is one of the thematic networks under the ACE Partner project. ACE fosters the outreach and sustainability of thematic networks between African Centres of Excellence (CEAs) supported by the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD).

DSTN relies on a community of scientific experts in data science, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, etc. It is developing a range of skills in e-health, e-agriculture, e-environment, intelligent cities and transport, e-education, etc.

Its mission is to promote collaborative research, a training offer adapted to the job market and socio-economic partnerships.