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.