Promoting Open Science in Africa

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 from to (Africa/Dakar)
at Le Ndiambour Hôtel ( Salle Soweto )
121 rue Carnot - Dakar - Senegal

The second joint Sci-GaIA-TANDEM-MAGIC workshop is organised with the support of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and in conjunction with the WACREN 2016 Conference.

There is a huge amount of scientific work conducted across Africa on a daily basis. The outputs of this research (publications, grey literature, data, software, analysis, etc.) can have a major impact across the world.

- Is it possible to improve the visibility of these outputs by adopting open scientific approaches?
- Can the quality of these outputs be improved across the research lifecycle by access to advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)?
- What specific ICT services are needed by different African Scientific Communities of Practice for their work and how can these be provisioned?

This Workshop presents the opportunity to hear the opinions of leading African Scientists and to see recent advances in Open Science services that have been developed for African Scientific Communities of Practice.  The workshop also gives the opportunity to see how e-Infrastructures - such as computing, data and networking infrastructures - as well Science Gateways, Identity Federations, Open Access Data and Document Repositories can be integrated into easy-to-use platforms to support Open Science.

It will also bring out the roles that uniqueness and persistence services such as those provided by DataCite and ORCID play in improving research impact and visibility, as well as discuss the key roles that international cooperation projects such as THOR, MAGIC, TANDEM and Sci-GaIA are making to Open Science.


Go to day
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2016
    • 09:00 - 09:15 Welcome Address
    • 09:15 - 10:45 Setting the Scene: African Biomedical and Health Research
      • 09:15 Large Data and Biomedical Computational Pipelines for Complex Diseases 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Ezekiel Adebiyi (Covenant University Bioinformatics Research Group (CUBRe), Nigeria)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 09:45 Computational Complexity and Resource needs in Genomic Data Analysis 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Chiekh Loucoubar (Group of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Modeling (G4 BBM) Institut Pasteur de Dakar, Senegal)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 10:15 The West Africa-Michigan CHARTER in GEOHealth: The Role of ICT 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Fobil Julius (School of Public Health, University of Ghana)
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break, Networking & Group Photo
    • 11:15 - 12:45 Setting the Scene: African Environmental and Chemical Research
      • 11:15 Statistical Kinetic Data Analysis and Scientific Graphing 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Chukwuemeka Isanbor (Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 11:45 Numerical Simulations in Climate Modelling : Requirements and Challenges 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Abdoulaye Deme (Laboratoire des Sciences de l'atmosphère et des Océans, Université Gaston Berger, Senegal)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 12:15 Advances in Environmental Monitoring - The WIMEA-ICT Experience 30'
        Speakers: Prof. Björn Pehrson (KTH, Sweden), Prof. Gbenga Jegede (Atmospheric Physics Research Group (APRG), OAU, Nigeria), Dr. Joseph Matiko (Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology)
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch & Networking
    • 14:00 - 15:30 Supporting the Scene: Towards Open Science in Africa
      • 14:00 The Open Science Vision 10'
        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (Technical Coordinator, Sci-GaIA Project, Univeristy of Catania, Italy)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 14:10 A Simple Basis for Digital Data Governance 20'
        Speaker: Mr. Matthew Buys (Regional Director, ORCID)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video unknown type file
      • 14:30 Developing Science Gateways and Data Repositories - The Sci-GaIA Training Workshops 20'
        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (Technical Coordinator, Sci-GaIA Project, Univeristy of Catania, Italy)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 14:50 A Case Study of Open Science: The REPAST Infection Model 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Simon Taylor (Coordinator, Sci-GaIA Project, Brunel University London, UK)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 15:10 MAGIC - Colaboration tools and communities/group sharing for science applications 20'
        Speaker: Mr. Gustavo Adolfo Garcia Plaza (Technical Manager, RedCLARA)
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
    • 16:00 - 17:30 Brainstorming: Leveraging Open Science in Africa with ICT
      • 16:00 The Impact of National Research and Education Networks on Science in Africa 20'
        Speaker: Mr. Omo Oaiya (Chief Technology Officer, WACREN)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 16:20 Sharing value-added services for Research and Education communities 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Ognjen Prnjat (European and Regional e-Infrastructure manager, GRNET)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 16:40 Brainstorming session 30'
        What will be the impact of Open Science in Africa?  What do we need to do to create African Open Science?  What are the key challenges and how can we meet them?
      • 17:10 Summarising the key points from the Brainstorming session 20'
    • 17:30 - 18:00 Workshop conclusions and Vote of thanks
    • 18:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception