Category Archives: Webinars

Presentations on the African Open Science Platform, infrastructure, and incentives for sharing open data

October has been quite a busy month for the African Open Science Platform project. Herewith additional presentations shared by different people during different opportunities, not shared before. The project belongs to all in Africa, and we highly value contributions from experts willing to share their expertise, and also taking initiative in liaising with us on events, meetings and more. Thank you so much for your contributions in taking open data/open science forward in your individual countries! 

High-level EU-Africa Meeting presentation by Prof Geoffrey Boulton, member of the Advisory Council, AOSP
The African Open Science Platform/Prof Geoffrey Boulton 

Presentation during the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
“Without data, science is merely an opinion”/Ina Smith 

Series of webinars on incentives for sharing data, presented during Open Access Week 2017
Incentivizing data sharing: a “bottom up” perspective/Dr Louise Bezuidenhout
Open science and data sharing/Prof Martin Wittenberg
Open Science Incentives/Veerle van den Eynden

Webinar on Open Science Incentives by Veerle van den Eynden, 27 October 2017 @ 10:00-11:00 SAST

Join us for the 3rd and last webinar in the AOSP series on incentives for sharing #openscience with Veerle Van den Eynden @UKDataArchive  @ASSAf_Official 27 Oct 10:00-11:00 SAST – View Time Zone Converter

How to connect for each of the webinars

Please join us approximately 20 minutes before the start of each webinar, so we can test the connection with you/conduct a sound test. We will be starting at 10:00 SAST promptly for each webinar.

  1. Go to http://journals.assaf.org.za/blog/ (please use the most recent version of Firefox or Edge/Explorer, since you will require Adobe Flash – please download & install if not installed).
  2. On the right-hand side of the web page mentioned, see Big Blue Button.
  3. Select the appropriate meeting room name.
  4. Type your own name, and then the password: #openafrica (see table above). Then Join/Login.
  5. Follow the wizard, and make sure you do all the sound tests, and that the sound on your e-device is turned on. Select that you will Listen only, and select the correct speakers installed on your device.

Technical support

In case something goes wrong regardless of all precautions, please refresh your screen, and follow the wizard again. Don’t worry should there be an interruption of any kind. Simply try login again. The same applies should the presenter be interrupted, because of unforeseen events such as interruption in Internet connection. Should you have any questions/something you want to communicate during the webinar, please type it in the text box to the right and we will respond. Alternatively contact ina@assaf.org.za or @ismonet or smith.ina (Skype).

Webinar on Open Science Incentives by Prof Martin Wittenberg, 26 October 2017 @ 10:00-11:00 SAST

Join us for the 2nd webinar in the AOSP series on incentives for sharing #openscience with Prof Martin Wittenberg @UCT_news @ASSAf_Official 26 Oct 10:00-11:00 SAST – View Time Zone Converter

How to connect for each of the webinars

Please join us approximately 20 minutes before the start of each webinar, so we can test the connection with you/conduct a sound test. We will be starting at 10:00 SAST promptly for each webinar.

  1. Go to http://journals.assaf.org.za/blog/ (please use the most recent version of Firefox or Edge/Explorer, since you will require Adobe Flash – please download & install if not installed).
  2. On the right-hand side of the web page mentioned, see Big Blue Button.
  3. Select the appropriate meeting room name (see table above).
  4. Type your own name, and then the password: #openafrica (see table above). Then Join/Login.
  5. Follow the wizard, and make sure you do all the sound tests, and that the sound on your e-device is turned on. Select that you will Listen only, and select the correct speakers installed on your device.

Technical support

In case something goes wrong regardless of all precautions, please refresh your screen, and follow the wizard again. Don’t worry should there be an interruption of any kind. Simply try login again. The same applies should the presenter be interrupted, because of unforeseen events such as interruption in Internet connection. Should you have any questions/something you want to communicate during the webinar, please type it in the text box to the right and we will respond. Alternatively contact ina@assaf.org.za or @ismonet or smith.ina (Skype).

Webinar on Open Science Incentives by Louise Bezuidenhout on 25 October 2017 @ 10:00 SAST

Thank you very much for enrolling to participate in the upcoming webinar/s, to be presented as part of the African Open Science Platform initiative. We are looking forward welcoming all! Once again, please take note of the dates and times: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 (SAST) Time Zone Converter

#aosp_incentives  #openaccessweek  #openscience

How to connect for each of the webinars

Please join us approximately 20 minutes before the start of each webinar, so we can test the connection with you/conduct a sound test. We will be starting at 10:00 SAST promptly for each webinar.

  1. Go to http://journals.assaf.org.za/blog/ (please use the most recent version of Firefox or Edge/Explorer, since you will require Adobe Flash – please download & install if not installed).
  2. On the right-hand side of the web page mentioned, see Big Blue Button.
  3. Select the appropriate meeting room name (see table above).
  4. Type your own name, and then the password: #openafrica (see table above). Then Join/Login.
  5. Follow the wizard, and make sure you do all the sound tests, and that the sound on your e-device is turned on. Select that you will Listen only, and select the correct speakers installed on your device.

Technical support

In case something goes wrong regardless of all precautions, please refresh your screen, and follow the wizard again. Don’t worry should there be an interruption of any kind. Simply try login again. The same applies should the presenter be interrupted, because of unforeseen events such as interruption in Internet connection. Should you have any questions/something you want to communicate during the webinar, please type it in the text box to the right and we will respond. Alternatively contact ina@assaf.org.za or @ismonet or smith.ina (Skype).

An African Open Science Platform initiative – Invitation to a series of webinars on “Incentives for sharing research data” 25, 26 and 27 October 2017 (Open Access Week)

Connect to the webinars:

Presenter Date Time BigBlueButton

Meeting Room Name

Meeting Room Password
Louise Bezuidenhout Wednesday 25 October 10:00 – 11:00 (SAST) Time Zone Converter Open Science Incentives 1

 

#openafrica
Martin Wittenberg Thursday 26 October 10:00 – 11:00 (SAST) Time Zone Converter Open Science Incentives 2 #openafrica
Veerle Van den Eynden Friday 27 October 10:00 – 11:00 (SAST) Time Zone Converter Open Science Incentives 3 #openafrica

The Open Science movement – focused on making research data, software code and experimental methods publicly available and transparent – is steadily gaining momentum. According to Gewin (2016), “[A]a spirit of openness is gaining traction in the science community, and is the only way, say advocates, to address a ‘crisis’ in science whereby too few findings are successfully reproduced. Furthermore, they say, it is the best way for researchers to gather the range of observations that are necessary to speed up discoveries or to identify large-scale trends.”

Although many researchers are already sharing their raw data and data sets, there are researchers who still question why they should share their data, and what benefits are in it for them. In other words, how will they be incentivized, when others use the outputs of their hard work. These issues also apply on national and institutional levels.  What do research institutions have to gain by embracing Open Science?  Will the associated data expertise and opportunities for collaboration outweigh the perceived loss of intellectual capital that, if closed, can be exploited ahead of rivals?  Similarly, on the national level: is there a strong incentive for poorer nations not to be left behind as science is transformed by the digital revolution?  Or will open data and open science merely lead to data assets in the ‘South’ being more quickly exploited by better resourced researchers in the ‘North’? Very few countries and institutions have policies in place regarding the management (incl. curation) and sharing of data as an outcome of funded research projects.

The above just some of the issues the African Open Science Platform would like to address during this series of webinars, to be presented during International Open Access Week 2017.

Presenters

We are very excited to bring you 3 experts on this topic, to share their perspectives.

Registration (free)

If you are interested in attending any one/all of the webinars, please complete the registration form by 20 October 2017. The webinars are presented free of charge. Once you have registered, we will provide you with the login details and further instructions.

We are looking very much forward welcoming you to the above!