LIBSENSE Workshop: Arab Region - Progress & Prospective

 Tuesday, 13 October 2020
 11:00am – 12:30pm UTC
This virtual workshop comes as a continuation and follow up on the LIBSENSE-III Workshop held in Tunisia during 26 - 28 April 2019. It will include speakers from WACREN, EIFL, COAR, ORCID and ASREN with focus on LIBSENSE progress especially workgroups on policies, infrastructures and capacity building. It will also address open science and open data. Presentations on Open Access stories from Arab countries will be included in the agenda of the workshop in addition to the developments of Arabic harvester and more. 
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
  11:00 - 11:10
  Welcome & Opening    
  "Introduction and Highlight on ASREN Role"
  - Yousef Torman, Managing Director, ASREN, Jordan
  11:10 - 11:20
  - Omo Oaiya, CSO, WACREN, Ghana
  11:20 - 11:30
 - Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Programme Manager, EIFL, Lithuania
  11:30 - 11:40
 - Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR, Canada
  11:40 - 12:00
 "Open access in the Arab Region”:
  12:00 - 12:10
 - Nabil Ksibi, ORCID Engagement Lead, ORCID, South Africa
  12:10 - 12:20
 - Raed Alzoubi, Library Director, JUST, Jordan
  12:20 - 12:30   Discussion, Q&A
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.