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African Open Science Platform School of Research Data Science, 17-28 June 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The African Open Science Platform School of Research Data Science, in collaboration with the CODATA-RDA Data Schools Initiative will take place on 17-28 June 2019 at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The deadline for applications is 10 May

The goal of this school is to train researchers in Research Data Science (RDS). RDS refers to the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualization and modelling techniques, software development and data annotation. These are important tools for extracting useful information from data and these tools are useful in every research area. A 10-day school, organized by the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS), CODATA: the Committee on Data of the International Science Council, the Research Data Alliance (RDA), the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR), will be conducted at Addis Ababa University to introduce participants to the skills of RDS.

Topics covered

  • Open Science
  • Unix Shell
  • Version Control
  • Introduction to R
  • Research Data Management
  • Databases and SQL
  • Data Visualization
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Neural Networks
  • Research Computational Infrastructure


Robert Quick
UITS Research Technologies, Indiana University
rquick (at)

Louise Bezuidenhout
Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford
louise.bezuidenhout [at]

Solomon Gizaw
Department of Computer Science, Addis Ababa University
solomong [at]

Participation Information

This school is open to researchers in every field. Science graduates (masters and doctoral levels) working in data intensive fields will find it particularly useful. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Selection of participants will be based on their technical background and also the urgency of their needs to apply the tools of RDS.

Applications for participation for the workshop must be made at:

Deadline for applications: May 10, 2019

For further information contact:

Information for Applicants

There is no registration fee for this event.  Some support for travel and accommodation is available and its allocation will be determined during the selection process.  Much of this funding is intended for participants from lower and middle income countries. Potential participants have the opportunity to indicate they need support in the application.  Self-funded participants are welcome. All applicants are strongly encouraged to look for alternative ‘third-party’ sources of funding to support their participation. Applicants are expected to be based in Ethiopia or certain countries in the surrounding region (Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Central African Republic).

The AOSP School of Research Data Science, in collaboration with CODATA-RDA, is open to researchers in any discipline.  The data skills taught are also useful for (data) librarians and other research support staff, such as those who envisage a career as data steward or data analysts.  Furthermore, people who are more advanced in their careers who would like to improve their data skills as a form of continuing professional development are also eligible.

Participants will be selected on merit from a very competitive field.  Applicants are urged therefore to ensure they pay careful and full attention to the requirements of the application process.

Selected participants for this School will have a baseline of data skills and these will have been tested by an online form.  

Applicants should pay particular attention to their personal statement and communicate persuasively their reasons for wishing to attend the School: how do they intend to use these skills and experiences, how will participation in the Summer School and/or Advanced Workshops benefit their research or the institution in which they work?  Finally, candidates should take pains to ensure that their application is well supported by references from their past or present tutors or line managers. This is particularly important so that the directors and organisers of these events have confidence in the candidate and that the skills learnt will have the maximum benefit and impact.

NADRE becoming the new entry to quality Ethiopian research output

ASSAf – through the African Open Science Platform project – during 19 to 21 February 2018, participated in a workshop and conference which was organized and funded with the help of the German Cooperation (implemented by GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Ethiopian Education Strategy Center, EthERNet and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.

Through many investments over the years, African countries have made great progress in managing its research in a digital way, aligning it with international standards. Ethiopia is no different, and research intensive institutions in Ethiopia have made great progress in setting up repositories, making sure that research output funded with public money will be accessible for the unforeseeable future. The 4-day workshop and conference addressed the implementation of persistent identifiers for digital objects (incl. DOIs and ORCID IDs), experiences from across the globe (Ireland, Austria, South Africa and Italy), addressing possible challenges, and also aligning existing repositories for harvesting through NADRE, the national harvester. All African institutional repositories are also encouraged to align with the requirements for inclusion by the continental harvester developed by the Association of African Universities (AAU), known as DATAD-R. In the end, researchers will not only be able to search for high quality Ethiopian research from a central access point (NADRE), but also search for high quality African research through a central access point for African research (DATAD-R).

Africa has come a long way, and the African Open Science Platform is looking forward to – in addition to literature based institutional repositories – also promote the implementation and management of high quality open data repositories. The need to address open science policy on national level in Ethiopia offers a great opportunity to further advance sharing and curating research/scientific data, part of what the African Open Science Platform project advocates for.

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 Martinn Wittenberg
Open Science Incentives/Veerle van den Eynden

Towards a Data Infrastructure Framework, UbuntuNetConnect 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1 November 2017

The African Open Science Platform partnered with the organisers of the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 conference and hosted a workshop – focusing on data infrastructure and capacity building – to 65 participants from all over Africa. From previous workshops presented, it was evident that Ethiopia faces the same needs in terms of open science policy, infrastructure to exchange and make data openly available, and capacity building.

Prof. Afework Kassu (State Minister for Science and Technology, Ethiopia) welcomed all, and during his opening made the comment that openness should be embraced towards global peace. He further said that we need to lay the foundation for future citizens. We also need universities and industries to work together to promote further innovations. The important role of digital library systems to benefit students and staff was highlighted. A Science Cloud, and Science Cafes in the city for citizens to benefit from, are just two of the very successful initiatives. He ended by saying that Africa needs a continental strategy for Science and Technology towards addressing the objectives of the United Nations 2063 agenda.

View the workshop programme by clicking here.

Presentations are available from the following links:

Perspectives from the African Open Science Platform/Susan Veldsman

Ethiopia Open Data/Open Science Agenda/Teklemichael T. Wordafa

Competency Framework: Computer/Networks/Systems/Data Infrastructure Engineers, Statisticians, Data Scientists, Librarians, Data Curators & Researchers, perspectives from NICIS/Wim Hugo

Basic collaboration skills for e-infrastructure engineers (experience from Africa-Arabia ROC and Sci-GaIA) /Bruce Becker

Conjugating Open Science and Open Education: the Sci-GaIA e-Research Hackfest model/Roberto Barbera

Data Carpentry/Anelda van der Walt

Role and Progress by UbuntuNet Alliance and NRENs/Pascal Hoba & Hastings Ndebvu

Developments in Regional SADC Cyberinfrastructure to Support Open Data and Open Science, SKA/Tshiamo Motshengwa

Ethiopian Cyberinfrastructure/Zelalem Assefa

AOSP Workshop in collaboration with UbuntuNetConnect 2017: “Towards an African Open Science Platform Infrastructure Framework”

AOSP is proud to co-present a pre-conference workshop with the UbuntuNetConnect 2017 network on 1 November. Speakers will be focusing on skills required to not only build the necessary data infrastructure, but also the skills to generate, manage, manipulate, visualise, manage and preserve the data sets for the long term. In addition to this, we will have the opportunity to listen to ICT network experts/engineers, sharing progress made in terms of building infrastructures to accommodate the activities associated with generating, sharing and curating large volumes of data sets. This will be a very important opportunity for researchers collecting data to communicate needs in terms of data with ICT network support specialists, and vice versa.

Please note that the registration closing date is 1 November 2017. Registration information is available at


Looking forward seeing you in Ethiopia soon!