The Science International Accord on ‘Open Data in a Big Data World’ presents an inclusive vision of the need for and the benefits of Open Data for science internationally, and in particular for Lower and Middle Income Countries. A major outcome is the African Open Science Platform initiative, supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology, directed by CODATA and implemented by ASSAf.
The development of an open science and innovation platform depends not only on the physical infrastructure for acquiring, curating and disseminating data and information, but also on protocols, policies and procedures in the science system that provide the structure and support to ensure that science objectives are achieved.
Several open science activities are underway across Africa. Through the African Open Science Platform initiative, it is expected that a great deal will be gained if, in the context of developing inter-regional links, mechanisms for collaboration, exchange of good practice and coordination can be established.
The governance of the platform is through:
- A high level, representative Advisory Council to advise on the trajectory and priorities of the Platform and the development of common, platform-wide priorities from national objectives and needs.
- A Technical Advisory Group to advise on technical priorities and processes, comprising both regional and non-African experts.
- Management of processes will be in the hands of a Platform Office located in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), coordinated with the ICSU/CODATA Office in Paris.