We are incredibly proud to announce that the future African Open Science Platform will be launched during the upcoming SFSA2018 (12-14 Dec. 2018, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, SA) meeting. Please read more about the preparatory work done as part of AOSP at http://africanopenscience.org.za/. We also want to thank you for your contribution in taking this project forward, and for incredible support all over the continent!
It was at the SFSA2016 that AOSP was announced for the first time, by the then Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, which at the time said: “The creation of the African Open Science Platform is an excellent example of the tangible impact our Science Forum has already achieved in harnessing international partnerships to advance African science. The Platform will play a critical role to assist African countries in developing the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data for the benefit of society. I am proud that our Department, and its entities the NRF and ASSAf, are contributing to this crucial mission.”
The role of AOSP is further acknowledged as part of the recently launched (Draft) SA White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (2018), when it says: “As part of its commitment to African STI cooperation, South Africa will also work to advance the open science agenda elsewhere on the continent and within regional frameworks. The strategic role of the African Open Science Platform, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa, which promotes African-wide development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure, will be leveraged with the support of the DST and the National Research Foundation (NRF). In addition, South Africa is one of the founding members of the global Open Government Partnership (OECD) ….”