ASREN - LIBSESNE Workshop: Next Steps

 Thursday, 17 December 2020
 12:00 – 13:00 UTC
This third ASREN - LIBSENSE workshop entitled “Next steps” comes as a continuation and follow up on the LIBSENSE-III Workshop held in Tunisia in April 2019 and the ASREN - LIBSENSE Virtual Workshop held in October 2020. It will discuss supporting Open Knowledge through an initiative for harvesting data repositories in the Arab region with focus on Arabic content and language. More practices coming from the region on open access and open data repositories will be also presented.
The workshop will be held in cooperation with WACREN, UbuntuNet Alliance, COAR and EIFL under the support of AfricaConnect3 and EUMEDCONNECT3 projects, and it will witness participations to highlight initiatives planned to act as Open Knowledge hubs at regional and global levels.
The workshop will be followed by one-hour workshop in coordination with ORCID organization on “ORCID: A Reliable Open Research e-Infrastructures Enabler”, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC).
Main Contributions
- The Latin American network of open access repositories LA Referencia  
- The Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) project
Target Participants
Repository managers, advocates and other open access and open science stakeholders (Libraries and library consortia, content and research data providers, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).
  Time (UTC)   Title
  12:00 - 12:10
 "LIBSENSE Project Highlight”
 - Raed Alzoubi, Library Director, JUST, Jordan
  12:10 - 12:35
 "LA Referencia: Gateway to Open Access in Latin America"
 - Lautaro Matas, Executive and Technical Secretary, LA Referencia
  12:35 - 12:50
 "COKI Initiative: A Universal Open Knowledge Hub"
 - Katie Wilson, Research Fellow, Curtin University, Australia
  12:50 - 13:00   Discussion, Q&A
Registration is Closed!
The Libraries Support for Embedding NRENs services and e-Infrastructure (LIBSENSE) initiative was launched in 2016 to bring the research and education networks (RENs) and academic library communities together to build sustainable and relevant approaches for open access and open science in Africa. LIBSENSE creates an avenue for different stakeholder communities to work together to define priority activities, share knowledge, and develop relevant services together. It is building communities of practice and strengthening local and national services to support open science and research in Africa.
The West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) leads the LIBSENSE initiative in collaboration with sister regional African RENs (ASREN and UbuntuNet Alliance). Other participating partners include several national RENs, libraries, library associations, universities, and research communities in Africa, in conjunction with COAR, EIFL, University of Sheffield, National Institute of Informatics (Japan), GEANT, and OpenAIRE.
LIBSENSE activities aimed at open science have received support from the AfricaConnect3 project, co-funded by the European Union.