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Are you a Librarian? Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to become a catalyst of change in the academic landscape through Open Science. Submit your proposal and be a part of the Empowering Librarians Through Open Science 2023 organized by the UbuntuNet Alliance.

About the Empowering Librarians Through Open Science Program
AfricaConnect, Capacity Building, Open Access, Open Science / By Harold Bowa

UbuntuNet Alliance is dedicated to unlocking the vast potential of education and research across Africa, as reflected in the AfricaConnect 3 project. The mission is to enhance access to digital infrastructure and technologies for education and research institutions on the continent. In pursuit of this goal, we are excited to invite librarians from the UbuntuNet Alliance region to submit proposals for a one-day Open Science Training, to be held alongside the prestigious UbuntuNet-Connect 2023 conference in Kampala, Uganda.

They believe that librarians play a pivotal role as catalysts of Open Science, and they are enthusiastic about empowering them to drive enhanced research visibility, collaboration, and knowledge dissemination. Together, we can unlock the full potential of education and research, shaping a brighter future for Africa.

Program Details:
The one-day Open Science training is scheduled for October 25, 2023. It will cover various aspects of Open Access and Open Data, with a hands-on exercise focusing on making institutional repositories adhere to the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles.

This program is to support 20 librarians to participate in this training. Selected librarians will receive full financial coverage, including a round-trip economy air ticket, full-board accommodation, local transport, and participation in the UbuntuNet-Connect 2023 Conference, scheduled to run from October 26th to 27th.

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Be a part of this transformative initiative, and pave the way for a future where Open Science propels Africa’s education and research landscape to new heights. Submit your proposals and join in shaping a brighter future for Africa’s research community.

Benefit:
The selected librarians will receive full financial coverage, including a round-trip economy air ticket, full-board accommodation, local transport, and participation in the UbuntuNet-Connect 2023 Conference. This presents an excellent opportunity for librarians to gain valuable insights and practical skills in Open Science, enabling them to drive enhanced research visibility, collaboration, and knowledge dissemination in their institutions and the broader academic community.

Eligibility
The call for proposals is open to librarians from the UbuntuNet Alliance region. Librarians must submit a short proposal outlining their interest and motivation to attend the Open Science training. They should possess programming skills and be students or graduates of not more than 5 years.

Application Process
Librarians who are eager to seize this unique opportunity are encouraged to follow the simple application process:

  • Prepare Your Proposal: Write a short and concise proposal, not exceeding 500 words, outlining your interest and motivation to attend the Open Science training. Share how you believe this training will benefit you as a librarian and how you plan to contribute to the promotion of Open Science principles in your institution.
  • Submit Your Proposal: Use this submission link to submit your proposal online. Ensure that you complete the submission process before the deadline.

Timeline

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: August 4, 2023.
  • Selection Results: Applicants will be notified of the selection results by August 21, 2023.
  • If you are selected to participate in the Open Science training, you will have ample time for planning and preparation.
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Outline of the Open Science Training

Session I: Introducing Open Science and the FAIR Principles

  • Explore the principles of Open Science and their significance in academic research.
  • Focus on AfricArXiv Open Access (OA) principles and their impact on knowledge dissemination.
  • Understanding the importance of Persistent Identifiers, including ORCID, ROR, and DOI in scholarly communication.

Session II: Comparing Scholarly Repository Systems

  • Analyze and compare various scholarly repository systems.
  • Investigate archiving features, content curation, and metadata strategies for effective data management.

Session III: Hands-on Practical (Please Bring a Laptop)

  • Engage in a practical session where participants will have hands-on experience.
  • Learn how to upload, curate, and deploy scholarly content on institutional repositories.
  • Discover how to take charge of institutional bibliometrics and enhance research impact.

Overview

Types of Opportunity: Open Science Training for Librarians
Deadline: August 4, 2023
Worth: Full financial coverage
Open to: Librarians
Duration: The one-day Open Science training will be held on October 25, 2023.
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Organizer: UbuntuNet Alliance
Country: African countries.

Inquiry

  • If you have any inquiries or need further information, feel free to reach out to Eliakim Okundi at eliakim.okundi@ubuntunet.net.
  • For more details on the event and the application process, visit the UbuntuNet Alliance official website.
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