About LIBSENSE-Connect

LIBSENSE-Connect is a comprehensive and interactive program designed to empower African software and infrastructure developers with the knowledge and skills to embrace open science principles and practices. The program aims to foster a more inclusive and collaborative research ecosystem by building the technical capacities to develop infrastructure that promotes transparency, accessibility, and reproducibility of research outputs.

Programme Format

Through a series of hands-on workshops and expert-led sessions, LIBSENSE-Connect delves into key open science topics to offer practical insights into leveraging metadata, technical standards, and repository platforms to enhance information exchange, discovery, and data sharing. The program emphasises adherence to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) to create a more connected and efficient research landscape.

Programme Outcome

Participants in the LIBSENSE-Connect are expected to gain a broad awareness of critical technical aspects in the domain of open science and get equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop infrastructure to promote open science practices within their institutions and contribute to the global advancement of knowledge through transparent and accessible research dissemination.

Key Objectives:

  1. Strengthening Research Infrastructure:

    Participants will learn how to build and optimise research infrastructures that facilitate seamless information exchange, data harvesting, and aggregation.

  2. Promoting FAIR Compliance:

    LIBSENSE-Connect will guide participants on implementing the FAIR principles, ensuring that research data and outputs are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

  3. Metadata and Standardization:

    The program will enhance the understanding of the role of metadata and technical standards like HTTP, JSON-LD, and Linked Data Notifications to enhance data discovery and interoperability.

  4. AI and Open Repositories:

    LIBSENSE-Connect will help to explore the opportunities and scale the challenges in deploying AI for open repositories, now and the future

  5. Persistent Identifiers and Standardization:

    Ensuring the longevity and accessibility of research outputs through persistent identifiers (PIDs) like DOI, Handle, ARK, ORCID, and ISNI.

LIBSENSE-Connect brings together leading experts, researchers, and practitioners from diverse fields to share their insights and experiences, fostering a vibrant community of open science enthusiasts.