[IRTalk] Presentations from the Botswana National Forum on Open Data Open Science, 30-31 October 2017

African Science africaopenscience at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 13:47:22 SAST 2017

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

>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

·         Finding innovative uses of data; and

·         Engaging citizens.

Kind regards

Ina (on behalf of the AOSP Team)

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