9:00 – 9:30 Towards an Open Science Framework for African Countries

Moderator: Susan Veldsman, Academy of Science of SA

Panelist: Audrey Masizana,University of Botswana

Panelist: Nodumo Dhlamini, ICT Services & Knowledge Management, Association of African Universities

Panelist: Ambinintsoa Lucie, Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forest

Panelist: Benjamin  Aribisala, ICT Services & Knowledge Management, Association of African Universities


This Science Talk hopes to identify challenges and receive input from researchers/scientists in the audience on how to promote the sharing of research data. The responses received from the audience will feed into/inform the African Open Science Platform framework. Challenges will be aligned with the 4 pillars of the African Open Science Platform project:

–    Which approach(es)  should be followed to create awareness and encourage national government and policy decision makers towards data management (open science) policies, and the importance thereof?

–    Which incentives would encourage researchers to share their data inan open science environment?

–   What skills and software expertise are required for an entry-level data scientist, who wants to make the transition to working with data in an online environment?

–   What are the ICT infrastructure needs researchers experience in order to openly share research data/ what do researchers need to easily curate and share their data?




Susan Veldsman, Academy of Science of SA

Susan Veldsman was appointed to the position of Director: Scholarly Publication Unit at the Academy of Sciences in South Africa, in January 2009. She is responsible to drive the Open Science agenda by advocating for the opening up of the entire research process from agenda-setting to the dissemination of findings. Raising the visibility, discoverability and accessibility of South African scholarly journals through Open Access and online journal content management; improving the quality of SA scholarly journals, books & conference proceedings through expert peer review panels in the field; finding ways and solutions to further support the development of policy frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access to publicly funded research. She received the Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Open Access in Developing Countries.  Early in her career she started off as an Information Librarian, at various Higher Education Libraries in South Africa where she eventually was promoted to Assistant Director: Client Services, Library Services at the University of Johannesburg. During 2002 she moved to a national project, South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) where she was responsible for negotiating access to commercial databases and was actively involved in promoting Open Access and setting up Institutional Repositories. She continued this work in 2006, in an international consortium, eIFL.net, in other transitional and developing, member countries worldwide.


Dr. Audrey Masizana

Dr Audrey Masizana is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana. She holds PhD in Computer Science from UMIST (2004) United Kingdom. Her teaching and research interests are in the science of Data, Decision and Intelligent Systems. She is currently passionate in the supervision of several post graduate students in application of Data Mining and Data Warehousing technologies to real life problems. She is also involved in a number of research projects including Health Care and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She has published over 35 articles as conference proceedings, journal papers and book chapters. Her professional service includes being an active member of organising and chairing academic conferences both local and international. Amongst this the chairing of the African International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) in 2014 and 2016 and chairing the First International Conference in Cyber-security Conference and Information systems (ICICIS 2016), both hosted by the University of Botswana. Dr Masizana is also the founding and current Chair of the Computer Society of Botswana (CSB) and has been passionate in driving its course.



Nodumo Dhlamini, ICT Services & Knowledge Management, Association of African Universities

Ms. Nodumo Dhlamini is a Zimbabwean National who is currently working at the Association of African Universities Secretariat and is based in Accra Ghana. She is the Director of ICT Services, Corporate Communications and Knowledge Management. She holds a BSc (Mathematics and Computer Science) and a Master of Business Administration

Nodumo has experience in aligning IT / ICT Strategies to the needs of higher educational institutions, agricultural communities and the private sector. She leads the implementation of projects such as the Database of African Theses and Dissertations, National Research and Education Networks, E-learning Development in African Universities, development of Management Information Systems and conceptualizing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks.

Nodumo is an advocate for open science, open data and open content. She believes an important foundation is improving data and statistics systems in Africa by building capacities of institutions to collect, manage, analyse, make decisions, and communicate African Higher Education Issues. A strong data and statistics system will strengthen the African Higher Education advocacy agenda by providing the necessary data.


Ambinintsoa Lucie, Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forest

Noasilalaonomenjanahary Ambinintsoa Lucie was appointed to the position of National Focal Point of African Environmental Information Network (AEIN) of Madagascar since June 2005. She is the first responsible to conduct the Report of the State of the Environment of Madagascar 2007 (RSEM2007), the (RSEM2012) and the Report of Outlook of Environment of Madagascar 2017 (ROEM2017). The RSEM2007 and RSEM2012 are published online to raise the visibility, the dicoverability and the accessibility of the environment of Madagascar.

She was the only malagasy woman attending the International Conference of the UN Sustainable Development during the Summit RIO+20 in RIO de Janeiro on 19-20 June 2012 and nominated as National Focal Point Women and Sustainable Development.

She gave a presentation about the Environmental and Scientific Open Data in the International Conference such as the COP17 in Durban, the Summit RIO+20 in Rio de Janeiro, the GEO Ministerial Summit in Geneva, the Summit of Blue Planet in Ilhabella.

She was designed as National Focal Point of AfriGEOSS since 2014. She is a member of the National Remote Sensing Committee and work actively in the National Open Data Network of the Open Science. Now, she is member of African Open Science Platform Technical Advisory Board since May 2017.
She continued to work actively until now as she was designed, nominated and appointed.



Benjamin  Aribisala, ICT Services & Knowledge Management, Association of African Universities

Benjamin Aribisala is a Professor of Computer Science in Lagos State University. He obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK. Immediately after completing his PhD research, he joined Newcastle University, UK. From Newcastle University, he moved to the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he was until joining Lagos State University in 2013. Professor Aribisala combines his expertise in Computer Science, Mathematics and Medical Image Analysis to conduct clinical research. His current research interests span the interrelated fields of medical image analysis, computational neuroscience, computer vision, medical informatics and artificial intelligence. His research impact is tilted towards early and improved diagnosis of neuropsychological conditions. He is currently the HOD, Department of Computer Science in Lagos State University. He has published several academic articles and given presentations to both local and international audience all over the world, ranging from Nigeria to USA, China, Canada, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Italy and United Kingdom. He is a reviewer for many international journals. He won the young investigator award of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) in Los Angeles, USA in 2015. He is an advocate of open science and open data. He is a board member of African Open Science Platform (AOSP).

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