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African Open Science Platform

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Presented during the SANLiC Conference 2019.

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African Open Science Platform

  1. 1. Applying scientific thinking in the service of society African Open Science Platform Presented by Ina Smith - @ismonet Project Manager, African Open Science Platform SANLiC 2019, Cape Town 25 June 2019
  2. 2. Only 4 hours between us and Ebola …
  3. 3. Ebola outbreak 2014-2015 in West Africa – Gov. led response brought many researchers to Africa to collect data
  4. 4. Ebola outbreak 2014-2015 Following outbreak – Data scattered all over – research too expensive for this to happen
  5. 5. Example challenges regarding health data • Delay in sharing pathogen data collected • Gaps in pathogen data • Lack of adherence to international standards • Uncertainty about IP rights • Absence of patient consent • And more
  6. 6. Collaboration among countries, institutions, projects, researchers – sharing resources; free flow of data, research, knowledge Trust relationships, openness, transparency – trusting others for having your best interest at heart, and not because of the profits they can make from your research Key to address challenges – principles supported through AOSP
  7. 7. Africa cannot afford/should not allow a repeat of the journal subscription/publication model
  8. 8. African Open Science Platform Pilot (2016 – 2019) • Landscape study • Stakeholders (network) – incl. libraries • Priority data-intensive disciplines • Frameworks: • Open Data Policy (statements, enabling processes, elements) • Incentives (actions, career assessment) • eInfrastructure (connectivity, cloud & hpc, data curation) • Capacity Building (technical & non-technical) • Research Data Management (services, core skills, dmp)
  9. 9. Plan S Zambia
  10. 10. Plan S OA2020 Signatories AmeliCA Participating Institutions 1x Member (NSTC) (Zambia) 4x SA --- 1x Supporter (AAS)(Kenya) 1x Benin 1x Ambassador (Nigeria) 1x Cameroon 4x Nigeria 1x Uganda 2x Kenya
  11. 11. What is Open Science? “Open Science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.” - FOSTER Project, funded by the European Commission
  12. 12. Analyse Share StoreRe-use Plan Acquire Data Lifecycle Focus on Research Data
  13. 13. Future AOSP Phase 1 S1: Cloud Computing & Analysis Tools S2: Software Tools & Policies/Practice for RDM S3: African AI & Data Science Institute S4: Data Intensive Research Programmes S5: Network for Data-Intensive Skills S6: Network for Open Science Access & Dialogue https://tinyurl.com/y7aw4oa4
  14. 14. Future AOSP Phase 1 Vision “African scientists are at the cutting edge of contemporary, data-intensive science as a fundamental resource for a modern society. They are innovative global exponents and advocates of Open Science, and leaders in addressing African and Global Challenges.” Source: The Future of Science and Science of the Future https://tinyurl.com/y7aw4oa4
  15. 15. Similar to European Open Science Cloud "We are not building the future EOSC from scratch, but will be starting from what members of the community worked in the last years: inclusiveness is going to be critical, especially in regions whose voice has not been heard enough so far." - Cathrin Stöver, Chief Collaboration Officer, GÉANT
  16. 16. Future AOSP Phase 1 Mission “The Platform is: •a federated system that provides scientists and other societal actors with the means to find, deposit, manage, share and reuse data, software and metadata in pursuing their interests; •a network providing connective tissue between dispersed actors in ….”
  17. 17. AOSP eInfrastructure Ecosystem (Draft)
  18. 18. Proposed data-intensive flagship project (Draft)
  19. 19. eInfrastructure Roadmap (Draft)
  20. 20. South Africa White Paper on STI “As part of its commitment to African STI cooperation, South Africa will also work to advance the open science agenda elsewhere on the continent and within regional frameworks. The strategic role of the African Open Science Platform, hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa, which promotes African-wide development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure, will be leveraged with the support of the DST and the National Research Foundation (NRF).”
  21. 21. STI Strategy for Africa 2024 - Priorities for the African research community 1. disease prevention & control; 2. climate resilience (disaster risk); 3. environmental protection (biosphere, hydrosphere); 4. food and nutritional security; 5. smart resilient cities; 6. achieving sustainability goals; 7. improved knowledge production; 8. improved intra-Africa research collaboration.
  22. 22. SGCI Statement of Principles and Actions: Social and Economic Impact of Research (2018) “Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) participants should support and advocate for the development and use of Open Science platforms that widen access to knowledge and allow integrated problem solving at a potentially transformative (as opposed to incremental) scale. GRC participants should commit funding towards the development of the human capital necessary for leveraging the potential of Big Data, as well as invest in the infrastructure required materialising Open Science platforms.”
  23. 23. Africa cannot have enough trusted, well curated FAIR data – as open as possible, as closed necessary Data can exist without information, but information cannot exist without data – data the evidence Pro-actively address data as part of 4IR – data- driven research Start somewhere – build our own reputable research infrastructures, reduce unhealthy dependence on the North
  24. 24. Thank you! ina@assaf.org.za http://africanopenscience.org.za

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