Building a National Framework for Open Research in Nigeria: Workshop on National Guidelines and Implementation Plans

CVCNU Secretariat

CVCNU Secretariat

No 4 Parakou Street Wuse II, Abuja,
Yakubu Ochefu (CVCNU), Jibril Attahiru Alhassan (AULNU), Omo Oaiya (WACREN)

This LIBSENSE workshop, focused on priority-setting, is hosted by The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU). It aims to bring funders, open science experts, research administration, researchers, and library stakeholders together to capitalise on the fallouts from the national open science symposium held in September 2023.

Several outputs, such as a new common repository metadata schema, a call to action on assessment systems and work plans derived from a recent research data management (RDM) workshop, will form a foundation for shared infrastructure pilots that leverage insights gained from these activities to enhance the open science landscape in Nigeria.

    • 8:30 AM 10:30 AM
      • 8:30 AM
        Arrival and Registration 30m
      • 9:00 AM
        Welcome Remarks 10m
        Speaker: Prof. Yakubu Ochefu (Secretary-General, CVCNU)
      • 9:10 AM
        Introduction / Workshop Overview 10m
        Speaker: Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
      • 9:20 AM
        Goodwill messages 20m

        National Academy of Science
        National Academy of Letters
        Social Science Academy of Nigeria
        National Universities Commission

      • 9:40 AM
        Opening Statement from FCDO 30m
      • 10:10 AM
        Think Global, Act Local 20m
        Speaker: Kathleen Shearer (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)
    • 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Tea Break and Group Photo 30m
    • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
      Global updates and perspectives
      • 11:00 AM
        Open Science updates from the WACREN region 20m

        Update from the recent Sierra Leone National Open Science policy validation & Scientific publishing workshop. See

        Speaker: Dr Thomas Songu (CEO, SLREN)
      • 11:20 AM
        Research and innovation funding in Nigeria 20m
      • 12:00 PM
        Q & A 30m

        Interactive Discussion

    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch and Networking 1h
    • 1:30 PM 3:30 PM
      Updates from Nigeria
      • 1:30 PM
        Shaping Quality Assessment and Open Science Practices in African Research 20m
        Speaker: Dr Sadiat Salau (FUT Minna)
      • 1:50 PM
        LIBSENSE work plans for research data management coordination and capacity building in Nigeria 20m
        Speaker: Dr Fatimah Abduldayan (FUT Minna)
      • 2:10 PM
        WACREN-NII demonstration of a community-driven model for shared repository infrastructure and harvesting. 20m
        Speakers: Dr Masaharu Hayashi (National Institute of Informatics), Sefakor Ankora (WACREN)
      • 2:30 PM
        The Nigerian draft Open Science Policy and priority areas 30m
        Speaker: Prof. Conrad Omonhinmin (Covenant University)
      • 3:00 PM
        Q & A 30m
    • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
      Tea Break and Networking 30m
    • 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
      Breakout session
      • 4:00 PM
        Group work on implementation plans for each National Open Science Policy Priority Area. 1h
        • Enabling policy environment for open science
        • Open science infrastructures and services
        • Human resources and capacity building for open science
        • A culture of open science among researchers and incentives and rewards for open science practice at all levels (assessment of institutions, research projects and individual researchers).
    • 5:00 PM 5:35 PM
      • 5:00 PM
        Facilitated plenary feedback per group 25m

        Includes discussion around key action items to take forward

      • 5:25 PM
        Closing remarks 5m
        Speaker: Prof. Yakubu Ochefu (CVCNU)