AOSP Phase 1 Year 1 Completed
Year 1 Phase 1 of the African Open Science Platform will be coming to an end on 31 October 2017. Many thanks to so many people who played a role in the success of this project this far, for helping to create even more awareness on the importance of open research data, and for continuing/taking the conversation to government and policy level. First of all, thank you to the SA Dept. of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation for funding the project. Thank you to the AOSP Technical Advisory Board members for all their support and active involvement, incl. Dr Simon Hodson for his input/direction on behalf of CODATA-ICSU, and to Advisory Council members.
This project is for Africans, by Africans, and we have so much to benefit if working together and partnering in making our research and accompanying data sets available, managing all in a trusted and responsible way, thereby advancing science globally. The outcomes so far have demonstrated great work being done on the continent (also through other initiatives/projects), and we can learn so much from one another! Very proud of all of Africa! A database on what’s happening on the continent is at the same time being developed.
Many thanks to individuals for representing AOSP, spreading the word even further. To mention a few (apologies if I have left someone out, but please get in touch if I skipped your name):
- 2nd African Open Data Conference (Ghana) 18-21 July 2017 attended by Boniface Akuku
- CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School (Italy) 10-21 July 2017 attended by Joseph Mwelwa & Ina Smith
- CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Applied Workshop on Extreme Sources of Data, Bioinformatics and IoT/Big-Data Analytics (Italy) 24-28 July 2017 attended by Tshiamo Motshegwa
- Workshop for Assessing the Landscape of Open Access to Scientific Publications in Ethiopia (Ethiopia) 4 Aug. 2017 attended by Joseph Mwelwa (view report)
- Perspectives from the African Open Science Platform – CODATA 2017 (Russia) on 9 Oct. 2017 presented by Paul Laughton (view presentation)
The AOSP Project Team also represented AOSP during many events & opportunities. A huge thank you to all our workshop presenters for participating in the workshops presented by AOSP during the past year! Please visit the AOSP website for more information on all events. Also view the draft report from the 14th AAU General Conference & Golden Jubilee Celebrations, and the Madagascar report, shared previously.
We are looking forward presenting a workshop as part of the UbuntunetConnect 2017 conference, and hope to see some of you there! The Botswana Open Data Open Science National Workshop will take place on 30-31 October 2017.
About Phase 2
The second phase will be focusing on capacity building/skills development, based on what we have learned during Phase 1, as well as a needs analysis (survey) conducted, and desktop research. The Technical Advisory Board will be discussing the project plan for Phase 2 during the upcoming meeting on 6 December 2017, in Pretoria, prior to the SFSA 2017, and we are looking forward to input also from the Advisory Council.
Upcoming webinars: Please also register to join our upcoming webinars on incentives for data sharing!
If you find yourself to be in Pretoria on 7 and/or 8 December, please make time to attend the SFSA event, now in its third year. Please register (free of charge) if you plan to attend. Unfortunately no funding is available for travel/other, but please do consider attending and be part of this highlight on the calendar of the SA Dept. of Science and Technology. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf, and also AOSP Office) is also co-host of this event, together with the NRF.