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anasr.org held its first Open Strategic Meeting on the 19th of October 2013 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End road, London, E1 4NS, UK. The aim of the meeting was to review anasr.org's past …

anasr.org held its first Open Strategic Meeting on the 19th of October 2013 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End road, London, E1 4NS, UK. The aim of the meeting was to review anasr.org's past and current activities and to plan for future ones.

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  • 1. Open  Strategic  Mee.ng   October  2013  
  • 2. Overview   •  Our  aim  of  the  mee3ng:   –  Expose  anasr.org   –  Reflect  on  past,  current  &  future  ac3vi3es,  collec3vely   –  Exchange  and  discuss  feedback   •  Structure   –  Review  +  Quick  Q&A   •  Break   –  Discussion   –  Housekeeping    
  • 3. What  is  anasr.org?   •  An  independent  ini3a3ve  to  develop  a  plaMorm  of   interac3on  between  Algerian  academics,  scien3sts   and  researchers  inside  and  outside  of  Algeria.     •  An  interac3on  space  to  discover,  share  and  inspire   Algerian  intellect  across  the  globe.   •  Objec3ves,  etc.  
  • 4. What  is  anasr.org?    
  • 5. What  is  anasr.org?   •  Key  characteris3cs:   –  Open  network   –  Independent,  transparent   –  Community-­‐led   –  Grassroots   –  Prac3cal  ac3on   •  A  means  to  contribute   towards  posi3ve  change   –  Focus  on  science,  research   and  academia  
  • 6. Membership?   Core  Team  (5)   Project  Specific  Volunteers  (17)     Network  Members  (113)  
  • 7. Concep.on,  vision  and  objec.ves  
  • 8. Concep.on   •  APGUK:  a  network  for     postgraduate  students     •  Established  in  2007   –  A  community   •  Events,  discussions,  etc.   –  A  virtual  campus   •  Facebook  group   •  Last  mee3ng  2011   –  Redundant  of  its  name?   –  Redefine  its  vision  
  • 9. Concep.on   •  APGUKs  wanted  to  keep  working   together   •  Focused  projects   –  …   –  Directory  of  academics   –  Networking  space   •  Directory  of  people,  products,  places   •  Field  specific  groups,  newsle]ers   •  Project  spaces   –  anasr.org  was  born  
  • 10. Vision  &  Objec.ves   •  An  interac3on  space  to  discover,  share  and  inspire   Algerian  intellect  across  the  globe.   –  Promotes  interac.on  and  exchange  that  transcends   physical  constraints  and  borders     –  Build  bridges  between  members  in  and  out  of  Algeria   –  Promotes  posi.ve  ac.on   •  Objec3ves  so  far  realised  through:   –  Website   –  Magazine   –  Awards  
  • 11. Milestones   •  April  2011:  anasr.org  conceived   •  Regular  mee3ngs   •  Coding  &  development   •  Dec/Jan  2011/2012:  ini3al  websites  developed   •  Directory,  profiles   •  April  2012:  Inspire  Magazine  launched   •  Jan  2013:  Algerian  Paper  of  the  Year  Awards   launched   •  April  2013:  Extra  website  features  launched   •  Q&A,  Stories  
  • 12. Website     Also  known  as  anasr.org!  
  • 13. What  is  anasr.org?   •  A  virtual  academic  network   •  A  plaMorm  for  sharing  and  interac3on   •  A  promoter  of  Algerian  intellect  and  academia.   •  Hence  the  mo]os:   –  Discover   –  Share     –  Inspire  
  • 14. A  brief  history  of  anasr.org   •  Student  early  days   •  The  end  of  big  Government   •  A  directory  to  expose  and  inspire  
  • 15. The  last  genera.on  grows  apart   •  At  APGUK’s  last  general  mee3ng   •  Strong  desire  to  keep  community  alive   •  And  work  for  the  benefit  of  Algeria   •  New  projects  are  welcomed.   •  A  network  is  created  
  • 16. The  network  
  • 17. The  rise  of  the  social  web   •  A  new  paradigm   •  Bo]om  up,  organic   •  Empowers  and  engages  individuals   •  A  plaMorm  to  share  knowledge:   –  Q&A   –  Stories  
  • 18. Q&A   •  Inspired  by  StackExchange   •  Social  media  version  of  discussion  forums   •  Focus  on  ques3ons.   •  Let  users  vote  on  important  ques3ons   •  And  good  answers.  
  • 19. Q&A  
  • 20. Stories   •  Inspired  by     –  Digg.com     –  Silicon  Valley  Startups  (Hacker  News)   •  Social  media  version  of  News  
  • 21. Stories  
  • 22. Stories  
  • 23. Social  media  spirit   •  Not  just  tools  but  also  our  values   •  Bo]om  up.  Community  driven.   •  Transparency  and  openness   •  Open  website   –  Content  management  system   –  Non  technical  people  can  contribute  
  • 24. Open  website  (drupal)  
  • 25. What  about  Inspire?   •  Tools  and  technology  are  great   •  But  passion  and  inspira3on  is  what  drives   –  Inspire  Magazine.   –  Awards.  
  • 26. Achievements/Challenges   •  The  website:   –  5,228  visits,  19,000  page  views.   –  2,594  unique  visitors   –  51%  returning  visitors   •  Directory:   –  112  members.     –  From  all  over  the  world.  55%  From  Algeria.   –  Varied  members   –  Beyond  our  social  network   Country Visits %  Visits United  Kingdom 2,432 45.99% Algeria 2,199 41.58% United  States 212 4.01% France 174 3.29% Canada 62 1.17% (not  set) 28 0.53% Saudi  Arabia 20 0.38%  
  • 27. Achievements/Challenges   •  Directory:   –  Missing  profiles   •  Stories:     –  A]racts  visitors  especially  from  facebook   –  No  contribu3ons.  Only  the  team.   •  Q&A:     –  No  ac3vity  
  • 28. Aims  for  the  future   •  Increase  membership  base   –  Especially  young  academics  in  Algeria   •  Increase  interac3on   –  Brain  storm.  Feedback  
  • 29. Inspire  Magazine  
  • 30. Inspire  Magazine   •  Promote  and  inspire  the  work  of  Algerian  scien3sts   and  researchers  across  the  globe   •  Ini3al  editorial  mission:   –  Expose  the  work  of  Algerian  researchers,  scien3sts  and   prac33oners   •  Build  bridges  between  Algerians  in  and  out  of  Algeria   –  Engage  and  inspire  young  researchers   –  Promote  a  culture  of  outreach  and  science  communica3on   •  Including  wri,ng  and  communica,on  skills  
  • 31. Inspire  Magazine:  Overview   •  Launched  in  April  2012   •  5  type  of  publica3ons   •  Features   •  Event  reports   •  Interviews   •  Opinions   •  Theses   •  Contribu3ons  sought  through  invita3on  only   •  Three  editors   •  Managed  online,  including  adver3sing  
  • 32. Inspire  Magazine:  in  numbers   •  Sept  2012  –  Oct  2013   –  Published  31  ar3cles  (rejected  5)   •  11  contribu3ons  from  Algeria   –  Received  about  15K  page  views   •  5600  unique  visitors,  ~30%  returning  visitors   –  Reach  8K  readers   •  2.7K  Algeria   •  2K  UK   •  The  rest  of  spanned  the  US,  India,  Malaysia  and  the  UAE  
  • 33. Inspire  Magazine:  Setbacks     •  Far  from  a  “professional  magazine”   •  Small  number  of  contribu3ons   –  Avg.  ~2  publica3ons  per  month   –  Long  editorial  process   •  Sparse  engagement   –  25  comments   •  Need  to  improve  on  the  number  of  publica3ons   •  Need  to  improve  engagement  
  • 34. Awards  
  • 35. Awards   •  Recognise  and  celebrate  the  achievements  of   Algerian  scien3sts   •  Do  so  while  fully  engaging  the  wider  community  of   Algerian  scien3sts  and  researcher  in  and  out  of  the   country  
  • 36. Awards:  Overview   •  Launched  in  January  2013   •  5  categories  of  nomina3ons   –  Biological  sciences   –  Chemical  Sciences   –  Computer  Science  and  Engineering   –  Medicine,  Pharmacy  and  Veterinary  Science   –  Physical  Sciences  and  Mathema3cs   •  Process:  Nomina3on,  shortlis3ng,  detailed  review   •  Announcement,  and  report  
  • 37. Awards:  in  numbers   •  160  nomina3ons   –  62  Biological  Sciences   –  19  Chemical  Sciences   –  33  Computer  Science  and  Engineering   –  16  Medicine,  Pharmacy  and  Veterinary  Sciences   –  30  Physical  Sciences  and  Mathema3cs   •  15  researchers  for  shortlis3ng   •  26  interna3onal  senior  researchers  to  review    
  • 38. Awards:  Prizes   •  Commemora3on  plaques  and  cer3ficates   •  Exclusive  interviews  with  Inspire  Magazine    
  • 39. Awards:  Achievements   •  Engaged  the  Algerian  and  the  wider  community  in  a   posi3ve  ac3on   •  Iden3fied,  rewarded  and  exposed  interes3ng  and   cuung  edge  research  stemming  out  of  Algeria  
  • 40. Awards:  Setbacks   •  Excluded  some  disciplines   –  Namely  social  sciences   •  Categorisa3on  /  reviewing  issue   •  More  incen3ves?  
  • 41. Finances  
  • 42. Finances:  Overall  Expenses   Website   maintenance   51%   Awards     49%   Website   maintenance   Awards  cost   £516.6 7  
  • 43. Finances:  Website  Maintenance  –   Yearly  costs   2%  (£8)     14%   (£74.75)     5%  (£27)   79%   (£406.92)   Domain  name   Host   Unique  IP   Private  Server  
  • 44. Finances:  Awards  cost  structure   39%   (£196)   10%   (£50.16)   5%   (£22.8)   46%   (£231.5)   Glass  Plaques   Cer3ficates   Packaging   Shipping  
  • 45. Finances:  Contributors   54%   (£548.4)   43%   (£437)   anasr.org   Dona3ons  
  • 46. Finances:  Setbacks   •  Cost:  anasr.org  ac3vi3es  are  non-­‐profit   •  Crea3ng  and  maintaining  the  website  +  organising   events  under  its  umbrella  takes  effort,  3me  and   money.   –  Need  for  fund  development.   –  Dependable  source  for  website  maintenance.   –  Improved  cashflow  ⇒  wider  prospects  and  be]er   opportuni3es  for  events/  conferences.    
  • 47. BREAK.  
  • 48. Discussion  &  Feedback  
  • 49. Structure   •  Open  discussion  (~30  min)   •  Closed  discussion  (~1hr  30mins)   –  Feedback  on   •  (Re)  vision  and  objec3ves   •  anasr.org  ac3vi3es  and  features   •  Future  plans  
  • 50. Open  discussion   •  Ques.on:  How  to  mo3vate  the  Algerian  community   of  academics,  scien3sts  and  researchers  to  connect,   engage  and  collaborate  towards  posi3ve  change?   Probing  ques,ons   •  Is  the  Algerian  scien3fic  community  willing  to  connect?   •  What  might  stand  in  the  way?   •  Do  they  have  the  3me  beyond  their  busy  day  jobs/lives?     •  Is  there  a  use  for  such  a  network  as  anasr.org?   •  Is  science  and  academia  so  vast  and  specialised  that  a  general   network  is  not  feasible?    
  • 51. Closed  discussion  (part  1)   •  (Re)  What  is  our  vision  and  objec3ves?   •  How  can  we  improve  our  current  ac3vi3es  (assuming   we  do  not  want  to  alter  them)  to  realise  our  vision   and  implement  our  objec3ves?   –  How  can  we  improve  the  website?   –  How  can  we  improve  Inspire  Magazine?     –  How  can  we  improve  the  Awards?   –  How  can  we  improve  our  finances?  
  • 52. Closed  discussion  (part  2)   •  Should  we  expand  our  ac3vi3es?   •  If  so,  which  ac3vi3es  could  help  us  realise  our  vision  and   objec3ves  more  effec3vely?  E.g.:   –  Collabora3ng  with  other  groups/organisa3ons/ini3a3ves   –  Launching  the  annual  conference   –  Regular  informal  discussion  sessions     •  Possible  ques3ons  to  address  for  each  item  above   –  How  does  this  ac3vity  fit  our  vision/objec3ves?   –   What  is  the  3mescale  to  realise  this  ac3vity?   –  What  do  we  need  to  do?   –  How  should  we  do  it  /  resources  needed?