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Setting the scene: State of ODOS in Botswana/Patrick Molutsi & Joseph Mwelwa

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Botswana 30-31 October 2017

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Setting the scene: State of ODOS in Botswana/Patrick Molutsi & Joseph Mwelwa

  1. 1. 1 ©JMC 2017. All Rights Reserved “SETTING THE SCENE- STATE OF ODOS IN BOTSWANA”- –Patrick Molutsi, PhD – Principal Researcher & Country Managing Partner Joint Minds Consult Joseph Mwelwa, PhD. – Researcher & Partner Joint Minds Consult University of Botswana Conference Centre, Gaborone 30th October 2017
  2. 2. 2 ©JMC 2017. All Rights Reserved Overview About Us Stage 1 • Our Starting point on ODOS in Botswana Stage 2 • Developing local and international links Stage 3 • Mapping out issues of Open Data in Botswana Stage 4 Establish a coalition based Steering committee Stage 5 Accelerate Advocacy Stage 6 Building a functional Framework on ODOS LESSONS LEARNT Presentation Overview
  3. 3. 3 OVERVIEW 1. KNOWLEDGE IS A KEY COMMODITY AND A DEFINING SOURCE OF WEALTH IN A KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND SOCIETY. LESS DEVELOPED ECONOMIES ARE CHARACTERISED BY LOWER LEVELS OF UTILISATION OF INFORMATION TO PRODUCE KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) TO DRIVE THEIR DEVELOPMENT. 2. BOTSWANA LIKE MANY CUNTRIES IN AFRICA ACKNOWLEDGES THE EXISTENCE OF KNOWLEDGE AS A CRITICAL DRIVER OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY. 3. YET OUR ECONOMIES PRODUCE MASSIVE DATA THAT IS NOT TRANSFORMED INTO KNOWLEDGE.
  4. 4. 4 OVERVIEW 4. IN RECENT TIMES, OUR GOVERNMENTS, PRIVATE SECTOR AND UNIVERSITIES BAND AROUND CONCEPTS LIKE INTERNATIONALISATION, PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION. 5. THESE CONCEPTS ARE PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS. THEIR APPLICATION WILL ENHANCE RESULTS AND REDUCE COSTS IN EVERYTHING WE DO. INDEED INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE SHOWS THAT EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN INDUSTRY-ETPS ENHANCES CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND INNOVATION. 6. BUT EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS MUST START AT HOME. AT LOCAL, REGIONAL/PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS WITHIN EACH COUNTRY.
  5. 5. 5 OVERVIEW 7. BOTSWANA AND THE CITY OF GABORONE (GCC) IN PARTICULAR, HAS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION AT REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS. 8. WITH HER UNIVERITIES AND COLLEGES, RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRY BASE, GABORONE SHOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE KNOWLEDGE HUB. 9. IN THE FOREGOING CONTEXT, TODAY’S ODOS FORUM MEETING MARKS A POSITIVE STEP IN THIS DIRECTION.
  6. 6. 6 • AT PRESENT BOTSWANA HAS NO RESEARCH COUNCIL TO CO-ORDINATE AND SET DIRECTION FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. • MANY INSTITUTIONS, PARASTATALS, DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY ENTITIES DOING RESEARCH DO SO INDEPENDENTLY WITH LITTLE CO-ORDINATION AND COLLABORATION. IN SHORT THEY OPERATE IN AN UNCO- ORDINATED ENVIRONMENT. • EFFORTS TO CO-ORDINATE RESEARCH ACTIVITY IN THE COUNTRY THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH,SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DRST) HAVE NOT YET ACHIEVED MUCH. • THE 2016 MINISTRIAL RE-STRUCTURING MOVED A STEP TOWARDS CO- ORDINATION BY PUTTING MOST OF THESE INSTITUTIONS UNDER ONE MINISTRY OF RESEARCH,TERTIARY EDUCATION AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MoTE). BACKGROUND TO ODOS FORUM
  7. 7. 7 About us - Joint Minds Consult Research, Education & Training Institute Research, Training, Knowledge Development & Management, Student Support – Masters & PhDs International Board + Country Management Structure CORE TEAM AT JOINT MINDS CONSULT CAN BE VIEWED AT www.jointmindsconsult.com Advocate – ODOS/ Member RDA/CODATA Endorser SI Accord - TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER - AOSP
  8. 8. 8 Figure. 3 JMCproposed Quadrant approach . Adapted on source: World map by www.freeworldmaps.net D] European Union block and Russia E]Asia B] USA and Canada C1 ] The Caribbean and South America F]. Central + East Africa A] PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS- BOTSWANA R.C- Jamaica R.C - Barbados R.C- U.K R.C- India R.C -Zambia GLOBAL SPREAD AND NETWORK OF CONSULTANTS A] SADC G] West + North Africa H] Middle East I] Horn of Africa J] Australia and New Zealand C2 USA
  9. 9. 9 OPERATIONALIZING OPEN ACCESS/DATA IN BOTSWANA - OUR EXPERIENCES- “[Botswana] is yet to fully tap into the global movement towards realizing [full benefits of ] Open access” (EAS, 2017:1) STAGE 1: Our starting point on Open Data Open Science –henceforth ODOS: So we identified 4- 5 strategic partners: UB, BIUST, BIH, PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES, PRIVATE SECTOR BUSNESS & MTERST -ENTRY POINT - DISCOURSE ON ODOS SEMINARS STAGE 2: Developed international links: CODATA, RDA, ACU/UK/US/FRANC E/AUSTRALIA - CONDUCTED SEMINARS MANAGED MEDIA STAGE 3:MAPPING OUT ISSUES OF OPEN DATA IN BOTSWANA -DEVELOPED A POSITION PAPER OUTLINED A BLURBRINT ON ODOS STAGE 4: ESTABLISHED A COALITION BASED STEERING COMMITTEE – THINK TANKING STAGE 5: ACCERALATE ADVOCACY- Presentations to Government departments - International fora: SA, Ghana, Italy, Ethiopia, ACADEMIA, ZENODO STAGE 6: BUILDING A FUNCTIONAL ODOS FRAMEWORK – -CEOs ODOS breakfast meeting -National Endorsement -Implementing plan towards National Forum
  10. 10. 10 WHAT ARE THE LESSONS LEARNT? . ODOS NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE HONEST BROKER COORDINATION CENTRE DEVELOP A POSITION PAPER EXPEND SOCIAL CAPITAL STAKEHOLDERS OPERATE IN SILOS MOVE TOWARDS A NATIONAL FORUM OPEN DATA OPEN SCIENCE POLICY FORMULATION
  11. 11. 11 GABORONE AS A POTENTIAL KNOWLEDGE HUB . Greater Gaborone About 400 K+ Highest concentration of Universities and Colleges (5 universities and more than 10 colleges) Highest concentration of research institutes and knowledge based parastatal organisations More than 15 primary and senior secondary schools All major government ministries and departments Concentration of industrial base Highest concentration of CSOs and Trade Unions Has 4 local authorities Highest concentration of Libraries and other resource centres Highest concentration of learners
  12. 12. 12 Website: www.jointmindsconsult.com Email: jointmindsconsult@gmail.com Thank you!

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