As part of its commitment to African STI cooperation, South Africa – through the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project – is working towards the advancement of the open science agenda elsewhere on the continent and within regional frameworks, along with many other stakeholders. AOSP plays a strategic role, through which African-wide development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure, are leveraged, with the support of the SA Dept. of Science and Technology and the SA National Research Foundation (NRF). Valuable networks were established this far, and there is great support for future collaboration among those networks.
AOSP is currently heading towards the end of Year 2 of its 3-year term. A landscape study has been conducted, frameworks are being developed, and we are looking forward to further engagement with more African countries in the third year of the project.
The SA Dept. of Science and Technology, alongside the AOSP Advisory Council, hosted a high-level stakeholder meeting on 3 and 4 September 2018. The meeting brought together individuals discussing a proposed Phase 2 of AOSP: The African Open Science Platform – The Future of Science and Science for the Future. Contributions during the meeting will be incorporated into the proposal document, after which it will be circulated for further review.
The following presentations from this meeting are now online available (as more become available, it will be added to the AOSP web):
· The Digital Revolution, and Open Science for the Future/Geoffrey Boulton
· Response of Academies of Science to Open Science/Roseanne Diab
· The Landscape of Open Science in Africa/Joseph Wafula & Susan Veldsman
· Building and Operating National Open Science Research Infrastructures - the experience of KENET, the NREN of Kenya/Meoli Kashorda
· AIMS Ecosystem of Transformation/Barry Green
· H3Africa/H3ABioNet Case Study/Nicola Mulder
On the AOSP Calendar October to December 2018
The last couple of months of this year promises to be very busy and exciting. We hope to see you at some – if not all – of the following events.
Open Access Week, 22-28 October 2018, Everywhere
Read more at http://www.openaccessweek.org/
International Data Week 2018, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana
Registration is now open for all. The Early Bird option closes on 30 September 2018. AOSP will be presenting a session on capacity building in open science. Read more at http://internationaldataweek.org/
14th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-14), 12-14 November 2018, Benin
AOSP participation in a session focussing on Open Science. Read more about AMASA at http://www.knascience.org/index.php/amasa/about-amasa.
ASIS&T Annual Meeting, 10-14 November 2018, Vancouver, Canada
This is a meeting of the Global Association for Information Science & Technology Professionals. AOSP is the co-author of a conference proceeding, and will be participating in a panel discussion on Open Science: Development, Challenges and Practice in the Global Context. More information is available at https://www.asist.org/am18/
Science Granting Councils Initiative Strategic Meeting, 8 November 2018, Ivory Coast
AOSP participation in a session focussing on Open Science. This is a closed meeting. Read more about the Science Granting Councils Initiative at https://sgciafrica.org/en-za
CODATA-RDA Foundational School in Research Data Science, 22 October – 2 November 2018, Kigali, Rwanda
AOSP is a proud sponsor of a facilitator presenting at this event. Read more at http://www.codata.org/working-groups/research-data-science-summer-schools/kigali-2018
e-Age18 Conference, 2-3 December 2018, Amman, Jordan
AOSP is exploring presenting a paper on data infrastructure services that can be provided by NRENs. See the Call for Papers at http://asrenorg.net/eage18/?q=content/call-participation
Science Forum South Africa (SFSA), 12-14 December 2018, Pretoria, South Africa
Read more at http://www.sfsa.co.za/ AOSP will be presenting a session on “The Future of Science and Science for the Future”.