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The African Story of Open Research - Nozuko Zukie Hlwatika

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This presentation by Nozuko Zukie Hlwatika was part of OpenCon 2017's Regional Models for Open Research and Open Education panel.

In her talk, Zukie covered Open Science, particularly Open Data in Africa. This was done from the perspective of the African Open Science Platform initiative. The status of Open Data in Africa was discussed through the lenses of policy, infrastructure, capacity building and incentives as per the initiatives focus areas. A list of countries actively involved in the advancement of Open Data was highlighted as well as those that need greater intervention. Possible Marginalised models for promoting open science in Africa were shared with the audience.

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The African Story of Open Research - Nozuko Zukie Hlwatika

  1. 1. Applying scientific thinking in the service of society The African Story of Open Research Nozuko Zukie Hlwatika Presented on 11 November 2017
  2. 2. Agenda 2 • About the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) • About the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) • The function of an African Open Science Platform • Africa supporting Open Science: Statements and Declarations • Open Data Initiatives in Africa • Narrative: Open Research in Africa
  3. 3. About ASSAf • Official Science Academy in SA • Promote and apply scientific thinking in service of society • Science Advisory Programme • Conduct systematic & evidence-based studies on issues of national importance (ASSAf OA Repository) • Scholarly Publishing Programme • Enhance capacity to produce and publish research • Increase quality and visibility of SA research publications • Ambassador for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) • Liaison Programme • Develop strategic partnerships with National and International Stakeholders 3
  4. 4. About AOSP • 3 year project 1Nov 2016 – 31 Oct 2019 ▪ Major outcome of the Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World, • Aimed at promoting open science in Africa particularly Open Research Data • Focus areas include: Policy, Infrastructure, Incentives and Capacity Building • Funded by the SA Department of Science and Technology – National Research Foundation • Managed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) • Through ASSAf hosting ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) • Direction from CODATA 4 Download
  5. 5. The function of an African Open Science Platform - Effective and efficient open data capacity not only depends on hard, physical infrastructure - Also depend on ‘soft’ infrastructure of protocols and procedures at all levels in science system providing - Support, advice etc. ensuring research system is conducive for open data practice - The African Open Science Platform is conceived as an integrated set of arrangements that provide this hard and soft infrastructural frame 5
  6. 6. Africa Supporting Open Science: Statements and Declarations • Status on Open Science Open Data from different African Countries • OA2020 (2017) • Dakar declaration on Open Science in Africa (2016) • Open Data in a Big Data World Accord (2015) • Salvador Declaration on Open Access Cape Town Declaration (2010) • Cape Town Open Education Declaration (2008) • Kigali Declaration on the Development of an Equitable Information Society in Africa 6
  7. 7. Open Data Initiatives in Africa Open Data For Africa Africa Open Data Africa Open Data Conference - Tanzania, 2015 - Ghana, 2017 Burkina Open Data Initiative (BODI) Africa Open Data Institute DataFirst - Data Seal of approval 7
  8. 8. 8 Narrative: Open Research in Africa JKUAT UbuntuNet Alliance DataFirst Africa Open Data Conference Burkina Open Data Initiative White Paper on Open Research Data Draft Open Data Policy and Strategy National Draft Open Data Policy
  9. 9. Thank you Nozuko Zuke Hlwatika Email: zukie@assaf.org.za Webpage: www.assaf.org.za and www.africanopenscience.org.za Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanOpenSciencePlatform/ 9

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