Join us for a series of live webinars, where we will discuss how the persistent identifiers ORCID, ROR, and DOI enable interoperability across scholarly digital services while also ensuring the discoverability of research from and about Africa.
Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are unique and enduring labels assigned to digital objects, resources, or entities, such as research datasets, academic papers, books, websites, and other item types. In scholarly records, PIDs can also be assigned to individual researchers (ORCID) and research institutions (ROR).
This webinar series aims to assist African researchers, librarians, and institutions in the adoption of digital tools and persistent identifiers for a significant increase of African research discoverability, globally and to increase efficiency in scholarly workflows.
Register to be invited to all or selected sessions:
Monday | Dec 11, 2023 at 2pm WAT - 3pm CAT - 4pm EAT (check your timezone)
Research Organization Registry (ROR) - the identifier for research institutions and universities - a spotlight on Africa.
Speaker: Amanda French (ORCID: 0000-0002-4325-1809)
Moderator: Ebuka Ezeike (ORCID: 0000-0003-3452-0306)
In this AfricArXiv webinar, we will introduce ROR and explain its benefits, give a summary of African organizations in ROR, highlight ROR-enabled systems in use in Africa, and discuss existing and future collaborations with services such as ORCID and with African research entities.
Thursday | Jan 18, 2024 at 2pm WAT - 3pm CAT - 4pm EAT (check your timezone)
The African Reproducibility Network (AREN) – Building gateways to Open Science in Africa
Speaker: Emmanuel Boakye (ORCID: 0000-0003-2043-5952)
Moderator: Ebuka Ezeike (ORCID: 0000-0003-3452-0306)
Thursday | Feb 1, 2024 at 11am WAT - 12pm CAT - 1pm EAT (check your timezone)
Thursday | Feb 15, 2024 at 11am WAT - 12pm CAT - 1pm EAT (check your timezone)
The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) – Facilitating and coordinating the adoption and implementation of Open Science practices across Africa
Speaker: Nokuthula Mchunu
Moderator: Keletso Masisi (ORCID: 0000-0001-5626-9605)
Thursday | Feb 29, 2024 at 2pm WAT - 3pm CAT - 4pmEAT (check your timezone)
A globally inclusive data repository to showcase research outputs ranging from data on cultural heritage sites to digital archives.
Thursday | Mar 14, 2024 at 11am WAT - 12pm CAT - 1pm EAT (check your timezone)
Data sharing best practices for researchers and institutions.
Thursday | Mar 21, 2024 at 5pm WAT - 6pm CAT - 7pm EAT (check your timezone)
Building public digital infrastructure that enables [African] communities to publish documents and data more effectively.
We will hear about fostering trust through interoperable preprint review metadata with Docmaps, and advancing open publishing with community services.
Thursday | Apr 04, 2024 at 11am WAT - 12pm CAT - 1pm EAT (check your timezone)
Accessibility, affordability, and discoverability for scholarly literature in Africa.
Thursday | Apr 18, 2024 at 5pm WAT - 6pm CAT - 7pm EAT (check your timezone)
Open peer review, collaborative preprint review, and opportunities to learn and teach others.
// Additional sessions will be announced here upon confirmation.
Crossref webinars Better Together: PIDs and Open Science - Connections Make Science Open
GÉANT Position Paper (Sep 2023): GÉANT and the NRENs have a long history in scalable, federated environments that can support the creation of EOSC Nodes
Hendricks G and Buys M (Oct 2023). Working for Global Equity through Digital Object Identifiers. Available at https://doi.org/10.54900/6sz4q-47185
By embracing DataCite and Crossref DOIs, the global scholarly community is empowered, reducing financial barriers and fostering broad creation, dissemination, and recognition of research outputs and resources.
COAR (Sep 2023). Persistent Identifiers: Addressing the challenges of global adoption. Available at https://www.coar-repositories.org/news-updates/…/
The aim of this blog post is to raise awareness about certain issues related to the adoption of persistent identifiers (PIDs), which especially impact developing countries, and to propose an alternative approach that will enable greater global inclusiveness and more widespread adoption of PIDs across the world.
LIBSENSE Working Group on Infrastructure (May 2023). Roadmap for Implementing PIDs in Africa. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7970386
This strategy document prepared by the LIBSENSE Working Group on Infrastructure outlines a roadmap for implementing Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) in Africa. PIDs serve as long-lasting references to digital objects, enhancing the cohesion and discoverability of African scholarly content.
Ksibi N, Owango J, & El-Gebali S (May 2023). Africa PID Alliance Digital Object Identifiers Registration Concept Note. Available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7924069
The objective of this document is to structure the feasibility, implementation, and manageability of the project. A survey on the African continental level will shed light on or provide insights on the need for a DOI Registration Agency tailored to the continental context.
Ogot, M., & Onyango, G. M. (Mar 2023). Does Universities’ Research Output Aligned to National Development Goals Impact Economic Productivity? Evidence from Kenya. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 58(6), 1005-1020. Available at https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096221080196
Few studies on developing countries have investigated the alignment of research output to a country’s development agenda and economic productivity. Using evidence from Kenya, this study sought to empirically determine whether the country’s research output is aligned to its development agenda in the first instance and to establish the output’s relationship to economic productivity.
Bezuidenhout L and Havemann J (Nov 2020). The varying openness of digital open science tools. Available at https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.26615.2
Digital open science tools carry the promise of enabling collaboration across disciplines, world regions, and language groups through responsive design. We therefore encourage long-term funding mechanisms and ethnically as well as culturally inclusive approaches serving local prerequisites and conditions to tool design and construction allowing a globally connected digital research infrastructure to evolve in a regionally balanced manner.