Report of the Consultative Forum in Open Access

NASAC in collaboration with and support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) jointly held a Consultative Forum on Open Access (OA): Towards high level interventions for research and development in Africa.  Kindly click on the attachment below to access the report.

The Forum was held at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi Kenya from 29-30 January 2015. 

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Day 1: Thursday, 29 January 2015

DEFINING OPEN ACCESS FOR AFRICA

 

8:30-9:00

Registration of participants

9:00-9:50

Opening Session

Moderator:

Jackie Olang, NASAC

Opening session

Welcome Addresses from:

  1. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  – Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
  2. Kenya National Academy of Sciences – Raphael Munavu, Chairman, KNAS
  3. African Academy of Sciences – Fred Owino, Fellow, AAS
  4. Network of African Science Academies – Robin Crewe, Immediate Past Chair, NASAC
  5. Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – David Maina, Ministry of Education Science and Technology

(7 minutes each)

Opening remarks and context of Open Access for Africa:

Hans Chang, Director General, KNAW-the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (15 minutes)

 

9:50-10:20

Global perspective of Open Access

1. Open Access development in South America – Dominique Babini Latin America Council of Social Sciences, Argentina

(20mins presentation and 10mins discussion)

10:20-10:50

Refreshment Break and Group photo

10:50 – 11:20

2. Open Access development in Europe – Bhanu Neupane - UNESCO

(20mins presentation and 10mins discussion)

 

11:20-11:50

3. Open Access development in Africa –  Tiwonge Msulira Banda  – UbuntuNet

(20mins presentation and 10mins discussion)

11:50-13:05

Moderator:

John Okande, UNESCO

Challenges to opening access to African Research

13:05-14:00

Lunch Break

14:00-15:30

Moderator:

Gilford Hapanyengwi, ZAS

 

Creating an environment for Open Access (PANEL DISCUSSION)

  • Creating enabling Policies for Open Access: David Bakibinga, Makerere University
  • Impact of networking and collaboration using available resources: Francis Tusubira, UbuntuNet
  • Standardizing open science: Hermogene Nsengimana, ARSO
  • UNESCO’s training courses: Bhanu Neupane, UNESCO
  • Scholarly publishing and African Universities: Paul Muneja, Consortium of Tanzania University and Research Libraries
  • Media and Open Access for public information, Daniel Kalinaki, NMG

Questions for discussion by panelists:

  1. Elaborate on examples of Open Access initiatives that have worked
  2. What constituted the regulatory frameworks under which the initiatives operated?
  3. How can science-policy dialogue be facilitated through open access?
  4. What roles can science academies play?

(Panel discussion for 60mins followed by general discussions for 30mins)

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break

16:00-17:30

Moderator:

Kenneth Kaduki,

KNAS

A sustainable Open Access model for Africa (GROUP DISCUSSION)

Group 1: Publishing Infrastructure (costs and logistical requirements, repositories, online content management services and journal platforms, other publishing services e.g. hosting, editorial services, peer reviews)

Group 2: Developing policy for Open Access (institutional policies, government policies, funders and academies’ policies)

Group 3: Training and Advocacy (existing training needs, advocacy network, concept document for Tunisia) 

 

From 18:00

Group Dinner – Sarova Stanley Hotel

 

Day 2: Friday, 30 January 2015

OPEN ACCESS FRAMEWORK FOR SCIENCE-POLICY DIALOGUE

 

8:30-8:40

Recap of Day 1 by Forum Rappoteur

8:40-10:50

Moderator:

Asifa Nanyaro,

TAAS

Case studies/success stories in the region

(20mins presentation each and 30mins discussions at the end)

10:50-11:30

Refreshment break

11:30-13:00

Moderator:

Kenneth Kaduki,

KNAS

 

Reporting back session from Group Discussions

Group 1: Publishing Infrastructure

Group 2: Developing policy for Open Access

Group 3: Training and Advocacy

(20mins presentation and 10mins discussion each)

13:00-14:00

Lunch Break

14:00-16:00

Moderator:

Robin Crewe, NASAC/ASSAf

Open-forum for general plenary discussion on pertinent issues on Open Access for Africa, preceded by group discussions

Questions for consideration

  1. How can academies add value and how can technology and options be discussed with policy-makers and the public; and
  2. Who else is working on these issues and what are the opportunities for partnership to support African decision-makers and stakeholders?
  3. What elements should an open access programme for Africa encompass?
  4. What is the role of academies and Open Access experts?
  5. What are the budgetary implications? How can financial resources be secured from Africa and beyond?
  6. Which crucial partnerships should be pursued?
  7. What timeframe is being envisioned?

 

16:00-16:30

Jaco Du Toit, UNESCO-Nairobi

Summing up and Closing Session

  • Summary of consultative forum discussions and forum’s recommendations
  • Closing remarks (Robin Crewe-NASAC/Hans Chan-KNAW/Jaco Du Toit-UNESCO)
  • Vote of thanks
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