Open	
  Strategic	
  Mee.ng	
  
October	
  2013	
  
Overview	
  
•  Our	
  aim	
  of	
  the	
  mee3ng:	
  
–  Expose	
  anasr.org	
  
–  Reflect	
  on	
  past,	
  current	
  &...
What	
  is	
  anasr.org?	
  
•  An	
  independent	
  ini3a3ve	
  to	
  develop	
  a	
  plaMorm	
  of	
  
interac3on	
  bet...
What	
  is	
  anasr.org?	
  
	
  
What	
  is	
  anasr.org?	
  
•  Key	
  characteris3cs:	
  
–  Open	
  network	
  
–  Independent,	
  transparent	
  
–  Co...
Membership?	
  
Core	
  Team	
  (5)	
  
Project	
  Specific	
  Volunteers	
  (17)	
  
	
  
Network	
  Members	
  (113)	
  
Concep.on,	
  vision	
  and	
  objec.ves	
  
Concep.on	
  
•  APGUK:	
  a	
  network	
  for	
  	
  
postgraduate	
  students	
  	
  
•  Established	
  in	
  2007	
  
–...
Concep.on	
  
•  APGUKs	
  wanted	
  to	
  keep	
  working	
  
together	
  
•  Focused	
  projects	
  
–  …	
  
–  Directo...
Vision	
  &	
  Objec.ves	
  
•  An	
  interac3on	
  space	
  to	
  discover,	
  share	
  and	
  inspire	
  
Algerian	
  in...
Milestones	
  
•  April	
  2011:	
  anasr.org	
  conceived	
  
•  Regular	
  mee3ngs	
  
•  Coding	
  &	
  development	
  ...
Website	
  	
  
Also	
  known	
  as	
  anasr.org!	
  
What	
  is	
  anasr.org?	
  
•  A	
  virtual	
  academic	
  network	
  
•  A	
  plaMorm	
  for	
  sharing	
  and	
  intera...
A	
  brief	
  history	
  of	
  anasr.org	
  
•  Student	
  early	
  days	
  
•  The	
  end	
  of	
  big	
  Government	
  
...
The	
  last	
  genera.on	
  grows	
  apart	
  
•  At	
  APGUK’s	
  last	
  general	
  mee3ng	
  
•  Strong	
  desire	
  to...
The	
  network	
  
The	
  rise	
  of	
  the	
  social	
  web	
  
•  A	
  new	
  paradigm	
  
•  Bo]om	
  up,	
  organic	
  
•  Empowers	
  an...
Q&A	
  
•  Inspired	
  by	
  StackExchange	
  
•  Social	
  media	
  version	
  of	
  discussion	
  forums	
  
•  Focus	
 ...
Q&A	
  
Stories	
  
•  Inspired	
  by	
  	
  
–  Digg.com	
  	
  
–  Silicon	
  Valley	
  Startups	
  (Hacker	
  News)	
  
•  Soci...
Stories	
  
Stories	
  
Social	
  media	
  spirit	
  
•  Not	
  just	
  tools	
  but	
  also	
  our	
  values	
  
•  Bo]om	
  up.	
  Community	
  ...
Open	
  website	
  (drupal)	
  
What	
  about	
  Inspire?	
  
•  Tools	
  and	
  technology	
  are	
  great	
  
•  But	
  passion	
  and	
  inspira3on	
  ...
Achievements/Challenges	
  
•  The	
  website:	
  
–  5,228	
  visits,	
  19,000	
  page	
  views.	
  
–  2,594	
  unique	...
Achievements/Challenges	
  
•  Directory:	
  
–  Missing	
  profiles	
  
•  Stories:	
  	
  
–  A]racts	
  visitors	
  espe...
Aims	
  for	
  the	
  future	
  
•  Increase	
  membership	
  base	
  
–  Especially	
  young	
  academics	
  in	
  Algeri...
Inspire	
  Magazine	
  
Inspire	
  Magazine	
  
•  Promote	
  and	
  inspire	
  the	
  work	
  of	
  Algerian	
  scien3sts	
  
and	
  researchers	...
Inspire	
  Magazine:	
  Overview	
  
•  Launched	
  in	
  April	
  2012	
  
•  5	
  type	
  of	
  publica3ons	
  
•  Featu...
Inspire	
  Magazine:	
  in	
  numbers	
  
•  Sept	
  2012	
  –	
  Oct	
  2013	
  
–  Published	
  31	
  ar3cles	
  (reject...
Inspire	
  Magazine:	
  Setbacks	
  	
  
•  Far	
  from	
  a	
  “professional	
  magazine”	
  
•  Small	
  number	
  of	
 ...
Awards	
  
Awards	
  
•  Recognise	
  and	
  celebrate	
  the	
  achievements	
  of	
  
Algerian	
  scien3sts	
  
•  Do	
  so	
  whil...
Awards:	
  Overview	
  
•  Launched	
  in	
  January	
  2013	
  
•  5	
  categories	
  of	
  nomina3ons	
  
–  Biological	...
Awards:	
  in	
  numbers	
  
•  160	
  nomina3ons	
  
–  62	
  Biological	
  Sciences	
  
–  19	
  Chemical	
  Sciences	
 ...
Awards:	
  Prizes	
  
•  Commemora3on	
  plaques	
  and	
  cer3ficates	
  
•  Exclusive	
  interviews	
  with	
  Inspire	
 ...
Awards:	
  Achievements	
  
•  Engaged	
  the	
  Algerian	
  and	
  the	
  wider	
  community	
  in	
  a	
  
posi3ve	
  ac...
Awards:	
  Setbacks	
  
•  Excluded	
  some	
  disciplines	
  
–  Namely	
  social	
  sciences	
  
•  Categorisa3on	
  /	
...
Finances	
  
Finances:	
  Overall	
  Expenses	
  
Website	
  
maintenance	
  
51%	
  
Awards	
  	
  
49%	
  
Website	
  
maintenance	
 ...
Finances:	
  Website	
  Maintenance	
  –	
  
Yearly	
  costs	
  
2%	
  (£8)	
  	
   14%	
  
(£74.75)	
  	
   5%	
  (£27)	
...
Finances:	
  Awards	
  cost	
  structure	
  
39%	
  
(£196)	
  
10%	
  
(£50.16)	
  
5%	
  
(£22.8)	
  
46%	
  
(£231.5)	
...
Finances:	
  Contributors	
  
54%	
  
(£548.4)	
  
43%	
  
(£437)	
  
anasr.org	
  
Dona3ons	
  
Finances:	
  Setbacks	
  
•  Cost:	
  anasr.org	
  ac3vi3es	
  are	
  non-­‐profit	
  
•  Crea3ng	
  and	
  maintaining	
  ...
BREAK.	
  
Discussion	
  &	
  Feedback	
  
Structure	
  
•  Open	
  discussion	
  (~30	
  min)	
  
•  Closed	
  discussion	
  (~1hr	
  30mins)	
  
–  Feedback	
  on	...
Open	
  discussion	
  
•  Ques.on:	
  How	
  to	
  mo3vate	
  the	
  Algerian	
  community	
  
of	
  academics,	
  scien3s...
Closed	
  discussion	
  (part	
  1)	
  
•  (Re)	
  What	
  is	
  our	
  vision	
  and	
  objec3ves?	
  
•  How	
  can	
  w...
Closed	
  discussion	
  (part	
  2)	
  
•  Should	
  we	
  expand	
  our	
  ac3vi3es?	
  
•  If	
  so,	
  which	
  ac3vi3e...
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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 and current activities and to plan for future ones.

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  1. 1. Open  Strategic  Mee.ng   October  2013  
  2. 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. 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. 4. What  is  anasr.org?    
  5. 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. 6. Membership?   Core  Team  (5)   Project  Specific  Volunteers  (17)     Network  Members  (113)  
  7. 7. Concep.on,  vision  and  objec.ves  
  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12. Website     Also  known  as  anasr.org!  
  13. 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. 14. A  brief  history  of  anasr.org   •  Student  early  days   •  The  end  of  big  Government   •  A  directory  to  expose  and  inspire  
  15. 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. 16. The  network  
  17. 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. 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. 19. Q&A  
  20. 20. Stories   •  Inspired  by     –  Digg.com     –  Silicon  Valley  Startups  (Hacker  News)   •  Social  media  version  of  News  
  21. 21. Stories  
  22. 22. Stories  
  23. 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. 24. Open  website  (drupal)  
  25. 25. What  about  Inspire?   •  Tools  and  technology  are  great   •  But  passion  and  inspira3on  is  what  drives   –  Inspire  Magazine.   –  Awards.  
  26. 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. 27. Achievements/Challenges   •  Directory:   –  Missing  profiles   •  Stories:     –  A]racts  visitors  especially  from  facebook   –  No  contribu3ons.  Only  the  team.   •  Q&A:     –  No  ac3vity  
  28. 28. Aims  for  the  future   •  Increase  membership  base   –  Especially  young  academics  in  Algeria   •  Increase  interac3on   –  Brain  storm.  Feedback  
  29. 29. Inspire  Magazine  
  30. 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. 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. 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. 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. 34. Awards  
  35. 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. 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. 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. 38. Awards:  Prizes   •  Commemora3on  plaques  and  cer3ficates   •  Exclusive  interviews  with  Inspire  Magazine    
  39. 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. 40. Awards:  Setbacks   •  Excluded  some  disciplines   –  Namely  social  sciences   •  Categorisa3on  /  reviewing  issue   •  More  incen3ves?  
  41. 41. Finances  
  42. 42. Finances:  Overall  Expenses   Website   maintenance   51%   Awards     49%   Website   maintenance   Awards  cost   £516.6 7  
  43. 43. Finances:  Website  Maintenance  –   Yearly  costs   2%  (£8)     14%   (£74.75)     5%  (£27)   79%   (£406.92)   Domain  name   Host   Unique  IP   Private  Server  
  44. 44. Finances:  Awards  cost  structure   39%   (£196)   10%   (£50.16)   5%   (£22.8)   46%   (£231.5)   Glass  Plaques   Cer3ficates   Packaging   Shipping  
  45. 45. Finances:  Contributors   54%   (£548.4)   43%   (£437)   anasr.org   Dona3ons  
  46. 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. 47. BREAK.  
  48. 48. Discussion  &  Feedback  
  49. 49. Structure   •  Open  discussion  (~30  min)   •  Closed  discussion  (~1hr  30mins)   –  Feedback  on   •  (Re)  vision  and  objec3ves   •  anasr.org  ac3vi3es  and  features   •  Future  plans  
  50. 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. 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. 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?  

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