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    Infographic: African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication
    (2020-11-24) Mensah, Priscilla; Havemann, Jo
    Infographic representing the 10 African Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication. We, the undersigned, declare to adhere to the following Principles for Open Access in Scholarly Communication in and about Africa: 1) Academic Research and knowledge from and about Africa should be freely available to all who wish to access, use or reuse it while at the same time being protected from misuse and misappropriation. 2) African scientists and scientists working on African topics and/or territory will make their research achievements including underlying datasets available in a digital Open Access repository or journal and an explicit Open Access license is applied. 3) African research output should be made available in the principle common language of the global science community as well as in one or more local African languages. 4) It is important to take into consideration in the discussions indigenous and traditional knowledge in its various forms. 5) It is necessary to respect the diverse dynamics of knowledge generation and circulation by discipline and geographical area. 6) It is necessary to recognise, respect and acknowledge the regional diversity of African scientific journals, institutional repositories and academic systems. 7) African Open Access policies and initiatives promote Open Scholarship, Open Source and Open Standards for interoperability purposes. 8) Multi-stakeholder mechanisms for collaboration and cooperation should be established to ensure equal participation across the African continent. 9) Economic investment in Open Access is consistent with its benefit to societies on the African continent – therefore institutions and governments in Africa provide the enabling environment, infrastructure and capacity building required to support Open Access 10) African Open Access stakeholders and actors keep up close dialogues with representatives from all world regions, namely Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania.
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    Reflecting Management Priorities In Research Data
    (2021-04-09) Morrison, Monica
    Poster summarising findings of a 2014-15 study, Communicating Wildlife Research in Northern Botswana, carried out as part of Stellenbosch University CREST PhD in Science and Technology Studies. Presented at Africa Rising conference, Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa from 19 to 22 May 2015. Data collected and used in current wildlife research in northern Botswana appears to increasingly reflect the priorities of the country’s principal wildlife steward, the DWNP. While available open data is well used, development of local repositories needed to facilitate the broader scale analysis identified as a need by the Department of Wildlife and National Park’s new strategic plan is limited, supported mainly by short-term project funding. This needs to be remedied to ensure the applicability of research findings to effective wildlife management.
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    Two Communities, or Community of Practice? Communicating Wildlife Rsearch in Northern Botswana
    (2021-04-19) Morrison, Monica
    Selected research outputs, research permits, management documents, and interviews indicate that Botswana wildlife research stakeholders make up an identifiable community of practice, characterized by mutual engagement, joint enterprise, and shared repertoire. Communication, within this community of practice, and to outside actors, however, should be strengthened, to both inform debate and to allow findings to be put to more use in continuously improving management of wildlife resources.
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    Tshoboko ya tiriso ya dipatlisiso tsa diphologolo tsa naga le tikologo mo Botswana
    (2021-05-14) Morrison, Monica
    Lay summary in Setswana of thesis by Monica Morrison:The Uptake of Wildlife Research in Botswana: a study of Productive Interactions, Stellenbosch University, 2021.
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    Fieldwork in Botswana: a Two-Page Checklist for Short-Term Researchers
    (2021-10-21) Morrison, Monica
    Recommendations for independent short term researchers carrying out fieldwork in Botswana.
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    Rising Stars_Garba_Keziah
    (2023-12-14) Garba, Keziah
    This presentation explores the pivotal roles of human capacity development in strengthening women's competencies in the Sub-Saharan nuclear industry.
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    Research Trends in the Global South: A Case of Open Access in Sub Sahara Africa
    (2020-10-01) Owango, Joy
    Presented at #DSGlobal2020 the Digital Science Virtual Event: https://www.digital-science.com/global-showcase-2020/ What are the trends in higher education and research in Sub Sahara Africa What African countries have invested a % of their GDP in higher education and research and what does it mean for the future What African countries have invested in Open Science
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    Research Capacity - Reality, Equality, Equity
    (2021-09-06) Havemann, Jo
    At Access 2 Perspectives, we understand global equity in scholarly communication as the opportunity for researchers from around the world to be able to consume and share research output based on Open Science, FAIR and CARE principles. Since research capacity varies drastically within and across world regions, local conditions such as available funding, research infrastructure, or internet connectivity should not interfere with the potential of academic success. The boxes represent accessibility and availability to the aforementioned resources, the sizes of the boxes vary per high-, middle- or low resource research institution. The threshold (dashed line) is where research effectiveness begins, given that a certain number of resources and capacity is present. Effectiveness means societal impact, as a result of research findings and being able to make research output available to other stakeholders (industry, the general public, other researchers, etc.) The grey area now shows that research institutions with limited access to resources cannot be effective in their research. However, embracing Open Science practices (publishing green OA via preprint servers, choosing affordable journals or those that provide diamond OA, as well as Open Peer Review) can compensate for the lack of resources and therefore provide effectiveness for research even in resource-poor settings.
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    Open Reviewers Africa
    (2021-12-06) Munene, Aurelia; Ngugi, Wangari Joyce; Owango, Joy; Obanda, Johanssen; Havemann, Johanna; Saderi, Daniela; Korzec, Kornelia
    Eider Africa, TCC Africa, AfricArXiv, PREreview, and eLife are partnering to develop resources and a dissemination strategy for the delivery of an open peer review workshop to African research communities in the life sciences. Our goal is to build capacity and enthusiasm for scholarly open review of preprints among African researchers, and to provide opportunities to actively participate in peer review and gain recognition through community engagement. We will showcase our approach to co-creating resources and a replicable framework tailored to the needs and objectives of a growing community of African reviewers in the context of the changing global landscape of scientific research assessment and dissemination.