Please join us for the session on the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) and progress made on strategic and decision-making level, as experienced by country representatives. Registration is free, but attendees will be responsible for covering own expenses (no scholarships available unfortunately).
Date: 7 December 2017
Time: 09:00 – 09:30
Venue: Garnet Room, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. Maps at http://www.sfsa.co.za/contact/
The African Open Science Platform: Towards an Open Science Framework for African countries
The purpose of the African Open Science Platform is to explore progress made in terms of sharing scientific/research data by African researchers, especially where the research has been funded with public money. At the same time, the project wishes to establish what is needed to make the sharing of scientific/research data possible, and provide information on interventions required to get on par with the international scientific community where open science and open data are concerned.
This Science Talk hopes to identify challenges and receive input from researchers/scientists in the audience on how to promote the sharing of research data. The responses received from the audience will feed into/inform the African Open Science Platform framework. Challenges will be aligned with the 4 pillars of the African Open Science Platform project:
- Which approach(es) should be followed to create awareness and encourage national government and policy decision makers towards data management (open science) policies, and the importance thereof?
- Which incentives would encourage researchers to share their data in an open science environment?
- What skills and software expertise are required for an entry-level data scientist, who wants to make the transition to working with data in an online environment?
- What are the ICT infrastructure needs researchers experience in order to openly share research data/ what do researchers need to easily curate and share their data?
We are looking very much forward seeing you there!