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Access to Africa’s       knowledge                 Scholarly Communication in                            Africa           ...
What do we, in  African countries,seek to gain from our    investment in      research?
The aim is surely  African knowledge,for Africa, from Africa,  widely accessible...
Globally, scholarlycommunications is at   a crossroads
Some rights reserved by mrhayata
...as the internet   offers greaterconnectivity, lower       cost...
http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/
We face two verydifferent poles of  opportunity...
Enhanced globalcompetitiveness and     prestige....
...or ways of addressingdevelopmentchallenges...
We constantly askquestions about the   link between   research and  development...
‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promo...
Yet we are stillcaught up with old   paradigms...
...stuck in a free rider      mentality...
...in which higher education does notsee publication as its    responsibility...
...measuring success     on the basis of    counts of journal         articles   in the ISI indexes.
...a system run by a single                                     commercial company...Some rights reserved by AMagill
The result is tunnel                                             vision...http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/    CC attr...
...which ignores allbut a small segment  of the publishing     ecosystem..
... marginalising African        research
.. ignoring othercommunications     activity...
.. and offering littlesupport and recognitionto the communications   that emerge from development-focused       research...
There is a penalty...
Science Research - 2001http://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of ...
World povertyhttp://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
How can we address      this?
Leveraging  technology in anetworked world ....
... aligning communicationspolicy with institutional and   national strategies...
...revaluing ‘grey   publishing’...
... leveraging open       access...
...by publishing in   open access     journals...
...using collaborative      publishing      platforms...
...using openrepositories and     portals...
...rethinking business        models...
...gaining widerimpact and reach...
How can the   University ofMauritius harness this potential todeliver its strategic      goals?
Eve Gray     Honorary Research Associate  Centre for Educational Technology        University of Cape Town       http://ww...
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Mauritius
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  1. 1. Access to Africa’s knowledge Scholarly Communication in Africa University of MauritiusSome rights reserved by MeckiMac
  2. 2. What do we, in African countries,seek to gain from our investment in research?
  3. 3. The aim is surely African knowledge,for Africa, from Africa, widely accessible...
  4. 4. Globally, scholarlycommunications is at a crossroads
  5. 5. Some rights reserved by mrhayata
  6. 6. ...as the internet offers greaterconnectivity, lower cost...
  7. 7. http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/
  8. 8. We face two verydifferent poles of opportunity...
  9. 9. Enhanced globalcompetitiveness and prestige....
  10. 10. ...or ways of addressingdevelopmentchallenges...
  11. 11. We constantly askquestions about the link between research and development...
  12. 12. ‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promote genderequity? How can knowledge be considered in theAfrican context to address child mortality andimprove maternal health?’Nahas Angula, Namibian Prime Minister, UNESCO 29th Conference onHigher Education, 2009 Photo: coda Damien du Toit http://www.flickr.com/photos/coda/ Creative Commons Share-Alike
  13. 13. Yet we are stillcaught up with old paradigms...
  14. 14. ...stuck in a free rider mentality...
  15. 15. ...in which higher education does notsee publication as its responsibility...
  16. 16. ...measuring success on the basis of counts of journal articles in the ISI indexes.
  17. 17. ...a system run by a single commercial company...Some rights reserved by AMagill
  18. 18. The result is tunnel vision...http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/ CC attribution licence
  19. 19. ...which ignores allbut a small segment of the publishing ecosystem..
  20. 20. ... marginalising African research
  21. 21. .. ignoring othercommunications activity...
  22. 22. .. and offering littlesupport and recognitionto the communications that emerge from development-focused research...
  23. 23. There is a penalty...
  24. 24. Science Research - 2001http://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  25. 25. World povertyhttp://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  26. 26. How can we address this?
  27. 27. Leveraging technology in anetworked world ....
  28. 28. ... aligning communicationspolicy with institutional and national strategies...
  29. 29. ...revaluing ‘grey publishing’...
  30. 30. ... leveraging open access...
  31. 31. ...by publishing in open access journals...
  32. 32. ...using collaborative publishing platforms...
  33. 33. ...using openrepositories and portals...
  34. 34. ...rethinking business models...
  35. 35. ...gaining widerimpact and reach...
  36. 36. How can the University ofMauritius harness this potential todeliver its strategic goals?
  37. 37. Eve Gray Honorary Research Associate Centre for Educational Technology University of Cape Town http://www.gray-area.co.zahttp://www.http://www.sca2kafrica.org/ http://www.cet.uct.ac.za
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