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Securing the future of African Innovation, Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Heritage.

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

Published onJun 06, 2024
Securing the future of African Innovation, Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Heritage.
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Securing the future of African Innovation, Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Heritage.

Speaker profile

Joy Owango

Joy Owango is an award-winning Founding Director of the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), a registered trust in Kenya established in 2006. TCC Africa is the first African-based training center focused on teaching effective communication skills to scientists.

Ms Joy Owango is also the project lead at the Africa PID Alliance, an organization whose mission is to secure the future of African Innovation, Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Heritage.

Ms. Owango has a proven history of working in higher education across private, university, and non-governmental sectors. She was a successful higher education practitioner with Clarivate Analytics and has collaborated with the governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, among others.

As the Director of TCC Africa, she is currently working with 15 African countries that have committed to spending 1% of their GDP on higher education and research and development. Her achievements in enhancing higher education and research capacity in Africa were recognized by The Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World by UNESCO during the 2021 International Day for Women in Science.

Questions that were addressed during the session

1. How do Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) contribute to securing and preserving African indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage?

2. Can you share the use cases The Africa PID Alliance has started working with to implement PIDs to enhance the visibility and impact of African research and innovation?

3. What challenges does The Africa PID Alliance face in promoting the adoption of PIDs across African institutions, and how are you addressing these challenges?

4. What capacity building initiatives is The Africa PID Alliance working on with communities and researchers to ensure that indigenous knowledge is respected and accurately represented in digital platforms?

5. What role do you see for African governments and policymakers in supporting the initiatives of The Africa PID Alliance to safeguard and promote African innovation and cultural heritage?

Related resources

  • Africa PID Alliance’s website: https://africapidalliance.org/

  • Community Statement: Enhancing Africa’s production of PIDs. : https://africapidalliance.org/sign-apa/

  • Africa PID Alliance concept note : https://zenodo.org/records/10973677

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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