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Open Research in Africa: Creating a Streamlined Research Ecosystem in Universities

TCC webinar feat. ORCID, EARIMA and the University of Dar es Salaam

Published onSep 24, 2020
Open Research in Africa: Creating a Streamlined Research Ecosystem in Universities


About Training Centre in Communication

The Training Centre in Communication(TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning  Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya.  TCC Africa provides  capacity support in improving researchers  output and visibility through training in  scholarly and science communication.

TCC Africa held its first course in October 2006 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and in late 2007, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Nairobi, School of Biological Sciences, and has its headquarters on the Chiromo Campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

About ORCID 

 ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research and innovation, from imagining to building and managing, are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, and borders, and time. ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research and innovation activities. ORCID provides open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. ORCID provides this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis. Learn more at

About East Africa Research Innovation Management Association (EARIMA)

EARIMA is a professional body for research and innovation management. It was started in 2011 at the University of Dar es Salaam as an offshoot of the Improvement of Research and Innovation Management for Africa and the Caribbean project (RIMI4AC). The RIMI4AC project was funded by European Union (EU) and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States. The RIMI4AC project ended in 2013. The Secretariat of EARIMA is based in Tanzania at the University of Dar es Salaam, Directorate of Research.


86 participants from 14 countries took part in the just concluded online research capacity workshop on Creating a Streamlined Research Ecosystem in Universities. The researchers who took part in the workshop came from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Algeria, India, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Liberia, and Somalia. The objective of the workshop was to explore  the importance of increasing researchers’ visibility through effective research management.

ORCID, Training Centre in Communication, East African Research Information Management Association, and University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania hosted  the  research capacity webinar with plans for more research capacity initiatives.

90% of the researchers noted the importance of using research management solutions in supporting their visibility, particularly ORCID, which helps disambiguate scientists’ names, increases their network and supports research and academic institutes in profiling researchers.

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