This LIBSENSE workshop co-organized by WACREN, EIFL and COAR will convene the African community of repository managers and other open access services and advocates and cover three topics:
1) Open Access, Open Science policies and repositories: what works and what doesn’t;
2) repository infrastructure and services: how to build cohesiveness across layers of local, national and regional services; and
3) communities of practice: how to strengthen open science communities in Africa.
African participants will share experiences, lessons learned and discuss how to best design effective Open Access and Research Data Management policies and how to progress their adoption and implementation. They will also co-design the guiding principles for institutional repositories to follow in order to build services on top of repositories and cohesiveness across local, national and regional repository services.
Together, with breakout groups in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese, we will develop a roadmap for strengthening open science communities in Africa.