[CODATA-international] Open Science in Africa and in South Africa

Rania Elsayed ranyaalsayed at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 03:32:07 EST 2016

​Dear All,

It is good news, NARSS has made the same initiative from 2 years and we
developed NARSS Geoportal http://geoportal.narss.sci.eg/opengeoportal/   as
the first step and we proposed solutions for the next phase of the
“National Collaboration for Sustainable Development Spatial Decision
Support Portal” (NCSD-SDSP) based on previous practices in building a

On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 9:21 AM, Simon CODATA <simon at codata.org> wrote:

> The Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World
> http://www.science-international.org/#accord was launched at
> the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) in December 2015.  It was fitting
> that the next edition of SFSA http://www.sfsa.co.za/ should see the
> launch of an African Open Science Platform intiatiative that seeks to put
> into practice the principles and enabling practices for Open Data and Open
> Science that are laid out in the Accord.
> The Africa-wide initiative will promote the development and coordination
> of data policies, data training and data infrastructure.  An open science
> platform is conceived as an integrated set of arrangements that provides a
> policy, capacity-building and infrastructural framework for
> enhanced accessibility and impact. The initiative also focuses on the
> creation of national Open Science fora through which policies and
> coordination can be discussed and established.
> The pilot phase is supported by the South African Department of Science
> and Technology (DST), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF),
> directed by CODATA, the Committee on Dataof the International Council for
> Science (ICSU) and implemented by the Academy of Science of South Africa
> (ASSAf) http://www.assaf.org.za/.
> The African Open Science Platform initiative was announced by the Minister
> of Science and Technology, Mrs. Naledi Pandor, at the Science Forum South
> Africa 2016 (SFSA).
> Minister Pandor commented “The creation of the African Open Science
> Platform is an excellent example of the tangible impact our Science Forum
> has already achieved in harnessing international partnerships to advance
> African science.  The Platform will play a critical role to assist African
> countries in developing the necessary capacities to manage and exploit
> scientific data for the benefit of society.  I am proud that our
> Department, and its entities the NRF and ASSAf, are contributing to this
> crucial mission.”
> The full press release is available here: http://www.codata.org/news/
> 150/62/African-Open-Science-Platform-to-boost-the-impact-
> of-open-data-for-science-and-society-Media-Release
> ASSAf and CODATA organised a side-event workshop and a parallel session at
> Science Forum South Africa.  The programmes for these events are linked
> below.
>    - African Open Science Platform Side Event: a forum for conversations
>    on data policy, data training and data infrastructure, 6 December:
>    http://www.codata.org/uploads/side_event_workshop-program_7dec_
>    version30nov2016%20(1).pdf
>    <http://www.codata.org/uploads/side_event_workshop-program_7dec_version30nov2016%20(1).pdf>
>    - African Open Science Platform Side Event: Conversations around
>    Openness in African Research, Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, 7
>    December: http://www.codata.org/uploads/parallel_session-
>    program_8dec_version29nov2016.pdf
>    <http://www.codata.org/uploads/parallel_session-program_8dec_version29nov2016.pdf>
> Additionally, CODATA has assisted our colleagues at ASSAf on the
> preparatons of a workshop intended to prepare recommendatiosn towards the
> preparation of a White Paper on Open Research in South Africa.
>    - Open Research South Africa: high-level stakeholder meeting on Open
>    Research, 12 December: http://www.codata.org/uploads/programme_
>    12_13dec_version30nov2016.pdf
> These are major develoopments and indicative of the determination of
> African countries, research institutions and scientists to embrace the
> benefits of the digital revolution and open approaches to research.
> ___________________________
> Updated CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016: https:
> //doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830
> Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles
> and Implementation Guidelines <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.162241>
> ___________________________
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Thanks & Regards
Rania Elsayed Ibrahim, PhD. Computers & Information
Division of Scientific Training & Continuous Studies,
National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences, Cairo, Egypt.

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