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