[CODATA-international] Fwd: Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

Simon CODATA simon at codata.org
Thu Nov 2 05:00:02 EDT 2017

Members of the CODATA International Community may be interested in the information below about the Botswana National Open Data Open Science Forum which was held on 30-31 October, earlier this week.

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> From: African Science <africaopenscience at gmail.com>
> Subject: Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017
> Date: 1 November 2017 at 14:47:22 GMT+3
> To: african-open-science-platform at googlegroups.com
> Dear all
> Congratulations to the Botswana National Open Data Open Science Forum with a highly successful workshop presented on 30 & 31 Oct. 2017 in Gabarone. The focus of the workshop was mainly on policy and infrastructure.
> Presentations are available at: http://africanopenscience.org.za/?p=576 <http://africanopenscience.org.za/?p=576>
> From the national forum attended in Botswana 30 – 31 October 2017, it was clear that the country shares the same challenges as other African countries in terms of open science (incl. open data) policy, utilising and adapting the current ICT infrastructure/fibre connections to allow for the transmission of data sets to advance science, and building capacity – not only in terms of plans to manage research data on individual researcher/project level, but also in terms of soft skills to properly manage and re-use data. Botswana Statistics (focusing on government data) is one of the success stories which was shared. The presence of high-level key stakeholders demonstrated commitment from government level. The general experience was positive, with Botswana colleagues adamant to not only start doing African science in an African way, but also to do Botswana science the Botswana away – steering away from benchmarking with countries they have very little in common, at the same time, implementing international best practice. This coordinated effort brought together stakeholders from all over Botswana.
> The Botswana ODOS National Committee has indicated that actions from this workshop will include the following:
> ·         Addressing policy and infrastructure needs;
> ·         Adaptation of the ODOS mandate by key stakeholders;
> ·         Capacity building, training people on institutional and community level;
> ·         Finding innovative uses of data; and
> ·         Engaging citizens.
> Kind regards
> Ina (on behalf of the AOSP Team)
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