Back to the office today after a very fruitful 2-day workshop on strategies to enhance the online discoverability of African scholarship. It was great to meet new people from different countries (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Mexico, UK, Uganda and USA) and I felt really privileged for having been given the opportunity to share the experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) communications team in using social media to communicate our research.
Research agencies represented included the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), TrustAfrica, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), the African Leadership Centre, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and ILRI.
The Twitter hash tag for the workshop was #scholarAfrica and we noted quite a buzz on Twitter on the subject of online visibility of research from Africa and related issues such as open access to outputs and datasets. We plan to keep the #scholarAfrica hash tag going, as the end of the workshop should not mean the end of the conversations 🙂
Highlights of the discussions were curated on Storify by Nanjira of iHub Research. Check out the summaries of Day 1 and Day 2. We published the presentations on Zenodo (this was the first I heard of this online publishing channel which automatically assigns a DOI, thereby permanently curating the presentations — cool!)
Access the individual presentations via the links below.
- Discoverability and 21st Century scholarly communication: A local perspective by Michelle Willmers, OpenUCT Initiative
- Discoverability and digital colonialism by Firoze Manji, CODESRIA
- Discoverability and web-enabled research by Kaitlin Thaney, Mozilla Science Lab
- #scholarAfrica: Enhancing the visibility of research. Tools and strategies by Ernesto Priego, City University London
- Using social media to enhance research discoverability: Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute by Tezira Lore, ILRI
- Out of turbulence by Bruce Becker, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, UbuntuNet Alliance, CHAIN-REDS
And finally… some photos of the event.