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AOSP February 2018 Communique

We would like to share some of the activities with which we will be involved in during 2018, and a bit more about the IDW 2018.

Call for Session Proposals for International Data Week 2018

We have until 19 Feb. 2018 to submit our proposals. If you have planned to do so, please don’t wait too long. IDW 2018 promises to be an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn from data intensive activities happening on the African continent, and we hope all will make use of the opportunity to participate. Please click here for more info on the Call for Sessions.

All it requires at this stage is an abstract of between 300-600 words, and 3-4 proposed speakers, on a topic aligned with the conference themes. Thank you so much for considering!

We are inviting Sponsors!

If you know of possible sponsors, or can sponsor on behalf of an organization, please get in touch with us. It would be highly appreciated.

More info:

Events in which AOSP hopes to participate

We hope to meet/see many of you at the following events, during which we will be contributing in different ways.

  • Ethiopia National Institutional Repository Workshop 20-21 Feb. 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • WACREN 2018 Conference 15-16 March 2018, Lomé, Togo
  • 11th RDA Plenary 21-23 March 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • AOSP Strategic Meeting 28-29 March 2018, Pretoria, South Africa (on invitation only)
  • BioVision 2018 Conference 20-22 April 2018, Cairo, Egypt
  • SCECSAL XXIII Conference 23-28 April 2018, Entebbe, Uganda
  • Uganda National Workshop on an Open Science/Open Data Policy 25-26 (& 27) April 2018 (on invitation only)
  • ELPUB 2018 Conference 22-24 June 2018, Toronto, Canada (to be confirmed)
  • BRICS 3rd Young Scientist Forum 2018 25-30 June 2018, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (to be confirmed)

Thank you to so many individuals and organisations supporting our efforts, and taking open science and open data forward in your respective countries and institutions!

Kind regards



African NRENs

During the past UbuntuNet Connect 2018 conference, it was clear that more and more NRENs are becoming geared to host Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS). This can be services such as identity management, data management, cloud services, security certificates, repositories, and more. See the List of African NREN Partners to find the NREN in your country, and to inquire about services offered.

NRENs can and in some instances already play an important role in  making open science and the sharing of research data (incl. Big Data) a success.

An NREN Capability Maturity Model/Duncan Greaves

Level 6 (Elaborated service offering) marks a fully mature NREN of the kind that characterises Europe, North America and comparable contexts. The NREN is richly connected at high speed to many other networks and resources. Numerous value-added services are available, such as grid and cloud computing resources, user-controlled lightpaths, videoconferencing, and federated identity services. The NREN’s value proposition lies primarily in these services, since bandwidth pricing in such contexts is transparently cost-related. Many institutions will purchase commodity bandwidth from a commercial provider in addition to NREN-specific bandwidth. A culture of collaboration is deeply established.

Levels of African NRENs according to the following studies:

The Role and Status of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa/Michael Foley (World Bank Study)

Riding the National Research and Education Networking Train in Africa: A Policy Brief for Stakeholders/Association of African Universities. The policy brief was commissioned by Nodumo Dhlamini (Director AAU ICT & Knowledge Management) as an update to a policy brief commissioned in 2007 by Boubakar Barry, then the Coordinator of the REN Unit (RENU) at the AAU. It was funded by IDRC. The author is Lishan Adam, who is well known in the African REN community.

More reading:

List of African NREN Partners

Educational Technology Debate: Exploring ICT and Learning in Developing Countries