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Investing in [African] Open Infrastructure

This session is part of the AfricArXiv Webinar Series on Open Science for the Discoverability of African Research.

Published onApr 15, 2024
Investing in [African] Open Infrastructure
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The Slides are available at https://africarxiv.ubuntunet.net/handle/1/1460

Investing in [African] Open Infrastructure

Speaker profile

Jerry Sellanga

Jerry Sellanga currently works on the Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) team as Engagement Coordinator, Networks, where he uses his expertise to expand IOI's audiences through events, digital communications, and stakeholder management, especially in Africa. He specializes in strategic communications, graphic design, proposal development, and public relations.

Jerry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (Community Development) from Kenyatta University, Kenya as well as a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Development Communications from Daystar University. Before joining IOI, Jerry held senior roles in communication and marketing in the wildlife conversation, agriculture, and social impact sectors .

In his spare time, Jerry is passionate about sports and spending time outdoors hiking.

Questions that were addressed during the session

1. Could you explain what "Open Infrastructure" means in the context of scholarly communication?

  1. How can investing in open infrastructure benefit African research and innovation ecosystems?

3. What are some key challenges faced by African researchers in accessing and utilizing open infrastructure?

4. How does Invest in Open Infrastructure support initiatives like AfricArXiv and others in Africa?

5. Can you share examples of successful projects or collaborations that have improved scholarly communication in Africa through open infrastructure?

6. What steps can individuals and organizations take to contribute to the growth and sustainability of open infrastructure in Africa?

  1. What can NRENs do on the national and institutional level that you have identified?

  2. What do you think will enable policy makers in Africa and globally to support investments in Scholarly open infrastructure?

Related resources

  • Invest in Open Infrastructure’s website: https://investinopen.org/

About the webinar series

This webinar was co-organized by UbuntuNet Alliance and Access 2 Perspectives as part of the ORCID Global Participation Program.

ORCID is the persistent identifier for researchers to share their accomplishments (research articles, data, etc with funding agencies, publishers, data repositories, and other research workflows.

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. By enhancing the visibility of African research, we enable discoverability and collaboration opportunities for African scientists on the continent as well as globally.

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