OPEN SCIENCE CLOUD INITIATIVES : Region = AFRICA

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15 Oct 2019

OPEN SCIENCE CLOUD INITIATIVES : Region = AFRICA

  • By Bert Meerman

OPEN SCIENCE in AFRICA

In Africa, next to the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) (http://africanopenscience.org.za), there are several sister initiatives such as the East African Health Commission’s initiative for an East African Open Science Cloud for Health (EASCH) environment, and the IN-AFRICA GO FAIR implementation network (https://www.go-fair.org/implementation-networks/overview/in-africa/), with partners from both AOSP (Prof. Joseph Wafula is the Chair of the AOSP technical advisory board) and EASCH. 

Both CODATA (http://www.codata.org/strategic-initiatives/african-open-science) and GO FAIR are intimately involved in the African sister initiatives of EOSC and connection via the FAIR principles and the FAIR Digital Object consensus will guarantee interoperability. There are also further regional activities, and one of the goals of the IN Africa is to align these progressively to drive a consistent and comprehensive coverage of FAIR and open science infrastructures in Africa. These will be fully interoperable with other regional OS-infra and will secure African leadership and governance to also ensure equitable access to information and related services.

See also the post “ FAIR DIGITAL OBJECTS” for more cooperation between EU and Africa on interoperability.