National Open Science Roadmaps
The UNESCO Open Science Partnership offers a strategic opportunity to advance open science in Africa by putting this on the agenda of national governments. We believe that the most effective approach to implementing available science is working at the federal level, bringing together major stakeholders from a given country to develop and execute a national action plan for open science.
Open science requires the development of several aspects concurrently:
1) Policies (which act as levers and incentives for researchers to practise open science)
2) Infrastructure (to support the implementation of open science and sovereignty of national research outputs)
3) Capacity (people to help provide guidance, run the infrastructure, etc.).
LIBSENSE works with several African countries committed to advancing open science policies, infrastructures and services to develop national Open Science Roadmaps that can then be adapted to other countries. These include Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. In Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Uganda, discussions have advanced towards a National Open Science shared repository and publishing platforms.
These national strategies, which may differ in each country due to jurisdictional differences, will include several elements such as those outlined below:
National Symposium in Nigeria
In Nigeria, LIBSENSE joined Eko-Konnect to organise the first National Open Science Symposium, heavily attended by stakeholders of the Nigeria education space. Discussions centred around the culture to support Open Science advancement in Africa, capacity building and tooling (infrastructure) for the open science community and funding trajectory to support open science.
National Symposium in Côte d'Ivoire
Stakeholders of the research, education and science sector in Côte d'Ivoire held a National Symposium on Open Science at the Virtual University of Côte d'Ivoire. The well-attended Symposium was held as a pre-event for WACREN 2022 Conference in the Ivorian capital.
The event themed - "Open Science, an Opportunity to Boost Research, Innovation and Development of Côte d'Ivoire"- focused on developing and implementing an open science program that will sync with the Ivorian government’s agenda for the nation’s education and research space was also recorded.
Watch the full video here.