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Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

From the national forum attended in Botswana 30 – 31 October 2017, it was clear that the country shares the same challenges as other African countries in terms of open science (incl. open data) policy, utilising and adapting the current ICT infrastructure/fibre connections to allow for the transmission of data sets to advance science, and building capacity – not only in terms of plans to manage research data on individual researcher/project level, but also in terms of soft skills to properly manage and re-use data. Botswana Statistics (focusing on government data) is one of the success stories which was shared. The presence of high-level key stakeholders demonstrated commitment from government level. The general experience was positive, with Botswana colleagues adamant to not only start doing African science in an African way, but also to do Botswana science the Botswana away – steering away from benchmarking with countries they have very little in common, at the same time, implementing international best practice. This coordinated effort brought together stakeholders from all over Botswana.

The Botswana ODOS National Committee has indicated that actions from this workshop will include the following:

  • Addressing policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Adaptation of the ODOS mandate by key stakeholders;
  • Capacity building, training people on institutional and community level;
  • Finding innovative uses of data; and
  • Engaging citizens.

Main Presentations

Monday 30 October 2017

A coordinated framework for open data open science in Botswana/Simon Hodson

Perspectives from the African Open Science Platform/Susan Veldsman

Data legislation, governance and policy/Abraham M Keetshabe

Setting the scene: State of ODOS in Botswana/Patrick Molutsi & Joseph Mwelwa

Tuesday 31 October 2017

The state and future of Botswana Optic Fibre Networks/Tlhako Sekopo

Open data for digital development in Botswana/Jack Meshingo

Open data and innovation: tackling unemployment through data

Group Discussions & Presentations


Developments in connected regional SADC cyberinfrastructure to support data sharing & open science/Tshiamo Motshegwa

A coordinated framework for open data open science in Botswana/Simon Hodson

Data Awareness

The role of libraries and information professionals during the Big Data Era/Poloko Ntokwane

Data as a service: a human-centered design approach/Retha de la Harpe

Data Management & Repositories

Open data and open access landscape in Tanzania/Zaituni Kaijage

Research Data Curation (incl. Management)/Ina Smith

Data management principles, standards and tools/Lynn Woolfrey

Botswana Institutional Repository Landscape/Naniki Maphakwane

National Workshop on Open Data Open Science (ODOS), Botswana, 30-31 October 2017

The Botswana National Open Data and Open Science (ODOS) stakeholders will be hosting the First National Open Data and Open Science Forum (ODOS) at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana from 30-31 October 2017. The event has its origins in meetings held in October 2016 between national experts and stakeholders, and representatives from CODATA and the Research Data Alliance. The meetings led to a White Paper proposing a coordinated national activity. The National Forum ODOS has been strongly encouraged and supported by the African Open Science Platform Project, which is directed by CODATA and delivered by ASSAf.

The main aim of the forum is to initiate dialogue on national level around Open Data and Open Science through:

  • Creating an awareness and discussion on open data;
  • Highlighting the current data situation in Botswana;
  • Discussing needs and perceptions on open data; and
  • Discussing resolutions and map a way forward to advance the sharing of research data.

The forum will also seek to identify strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats to embracing open data and open science in Botswana. This initiative will allow national stakeholders to engage with issues such as Data Legislation Governance and Policy; Coordinated Research Data Cyber-Infrastructure; Data Awareness & Capacity Building; Data Management and Repositories. The conference will do this by bringing together Government Ministries, NGOs, Regional and international Body stakeholders and delegates to discuss themes in working groups. The common running thread for the workshops’ interactions and deliberations and outputs will also help feed into the development of a Botswana Policy on Open Data.This workshop is intended to be the annual event for deliberations on these issues and represent Botswana’s participation in the African Open Science Platform launched in 2016.

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Gaborone, Botswana, will be the venue for the next edition of International Data Week, 22-26 October 2018.