OSCU Open Science Event: Global Perspectives and Experiences on Open Science: Focus on Africa
Date and Time
Date(s) - 26/10/2021
15:00 - 17:00
Hosted by: Bianca Kramer, Jeroen Bosman, Mary Felix-Maina (OSCU members, Utrecht University Library) and Joost de Laat(OSCU member, UGlobe), in collaboration with the UU Center for Global Challenges
Many UU researchers are engaged in collaborative research around the world. Similarly, researchers from around the world have established projects in UU in effort to improve the world together. Open Science is today widely recognized as playing a crucial role in the continuing global research, especially also around the Covid-19 pandemic. The importance of global collaboration is also reflected in Utrecht University’s Strategic Plan 2025. It therefore goes without saying that the promises of open science go beyond our geographical space. What role is Open Science playing in international collaboration? Are there experiences from researchers and knowledge experts across regions that may be valuable for us in enriching the Open Science journey in UU? How can we implement Open Science so that it benefits not only UU researchers, but researchers and society across the globe?
In this session we will engage the Open Science Community Utrecht with the aim to create more awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing researchers in Africa to engage in Open Science and reflect on how Utrecht University can implement Open Science so that it indeed truly benefits not only UU researchers, but researchers and society across the globe.
The conversations will focus on diverse issues on global Open Science picked up from previous sessions held at Utrecht University, including but not limited to equity of open access, who benefits from open data, implications for local practice, participation in research and research priority setting. We will talk to Open Science experts and other researchers from several countries in Africa and UU researchers involved in projects in Africa.
- Joy Owango, from Kenya. Joy is on the board of advisors at AfricArxiv – The free preprint service for African scientists; Joy is also founding director TCC Africa-Training Centre in Communication.
- Teg-Wende Idriss Tinto, from Burkina Faso. Teg-Wende is ambassador of the Open Knowledge network Burkina Faso and open activist living in Ouagadougou.
- Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, from Cameroon. Thomas is a postdoctoral researcher currently at Université d’Ottawa; Thomas is also at The Open Bioeconomy Lab and founder of the Mboalab. Thomas’s research interest are scholarly communication, digital humanities, open science and postcolonial studies