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Vision and Mission for a Future African Open Science Platform/Felix Dakora

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Presented during the AOSP high-level meeting on 3-4 September 2018, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Vision and Mission for a Future African Open Science Platform/Felix Dakora

  1. 1. Session 6: Vision and Mission Felix D. Dakora African Academy of Sciences The African Open Science Platform Stakeholder Meeting Pretoria, 3-4 September 2018
  2. 2. The Vision African scientists are: • at the cutting-edge of contemporary, data-intensive science as a fundamental resource for a modern society; • innovative global exponents and advocates of Open Science; • leaders in addressing African and global challenges.
  3. 3. The Mission To convene and coordinate the interests, ideas, people, institutions and resources for Open Science in and for Africa The Platform will serve as • A federated infrastructure of powerful digital tools • A technical network that supports their application • A community of practice
  4. 4. Why an African Platform? • Efficiency in planning, procurement, provision • Scaling-up through shared capacities • Stimulating dynamism & creativity through the interaction of different experiences and inspirations • Amplifying impact through common intellectual purpose and voice
  5. 5. How will national systems benefit? • Access to a larger more diverse resources than are available nationally • Part of a greater critical mass & critical diversity than a national system can provide • Support from a shared capacity in cutting edge data-science • A powerful means of transmitting new ideas • Development of trusted data repositories in key areas of African concern • Becoming a partner of choice in international consortia Note: these are precisely the means whereby the “European Research Area” has dynamised national science, even in those countries with a well-funded research base.
  6. 6. What will the Platform do? Software tools, policies, practices & system management Cloud computing delivered through a federated network Data registry & portal for national & international databases Data analytics & artificial intelligence research & support services Education & capacity building at all levels – individual to institutional Transdisciplinary community access & engagement Stimulation & support for major research challenges DeliveringEnabling
  7. 7. What will it take for us to succeed? • Boldness of vision • Commitment to collaborate • Results-oriented planning and implementation • Flexibility and experimentation • Early action • Persistence • Outreach
  8. 8. The African Open Science Platform Activities Global Challenge Projects Education and Capacity Development Outreach and Engagement Data Science Institute Data Portal Cloud Computing Data Management Tools • A federated infrastructure of powerful digital tools • A technical network that supports their application • A community of practice • National Data Fora • University Associations • Academy Networks • Regional initiatives (AIMS/SKA) • The AU / NEPAD • Funders • International partners African scientists are at the cutting-edge of contemporary, data-intensive science as a fundamental resource for a modern society; innovative global exponents and advocates of Open Science; leaders in addressing African and global challenges. To convene and coordinate the interests, ideas, people, institutions and resources for Open Science in and for Africa
  9. 9. AOSP - Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production THANK YOU!!!

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