Sci-GaIA Workshop on "Open Science for Research without Frontiers"

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from to (Africa/Addis_Ababa)
at Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Momona Hotel Bole Road

The Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet) is the bridge for Ethiopian universities to the international research gateway. Open Science will pool researchers, lecturers and students from all continents and will open the floor for intercultural and interdisciplinary research at all levels by using data, repositories and computational infrastructure as means to explore databases from different angles, to discuss ideas, to innovate processes, products and technologies jointly.

What are the pre-conditions for Research without Frontiers?

Solutions for technical requirements are found by engineers in sophisticated ways. The European Commission sees the European Open Science Cloud as the source of innovation but has concerns that due to a “lack of data workers” the cloud cannot be used as intended. New professions need be created to bridge the activities between engineers with scientists but also to provide understanding between the cultures and the disciplines.

However, the starting point for Research without Frontiers is the access to the e-infrastructure. Open Science is considered as the gateway to Research without Frontiers and will mould into cultural understanding as well as habits and attitudes of different disciplines. For sure, the outcome of Research without Frontiers is already in the minds of visionaries and politicians but not enough defined at this point to challenge the discussion.

This workshop is aimed to seduse researchers to start the discussion about the Research without Frontiers and to bring a mission to the vision by exploring the available e-infrastructure and the gateway to Open Science.

How to adopt the Open Science paradigm in building and sharing data bases, digital repositories and e-libraries is the immediate question of this workshop, which targets researchers and lecturers from all disciplines, librarians, ICT operators and supporters, data scientists as well as policy and decision makers.

The workshop will be held in the Momona Hotel.

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  • Wednesday, 2 November 2016
    • 08:00 - 09:30 Registration and badging of participants 1h30'
    • 09:30 - 10:00 Welcome addresses
      • 09:30 Welcome address and official opening of the Workshop 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Samuel Kifle (General Manager for University Expansion Program - Minister of Education - Ethiopia)
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break and group photo
    • 10:30 - 12:00 Introduction to the Sci-GaIA project, its activities and services
      • 10:30 The Sci-GaIA project 20'
        Speaker: Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
      • 10:50 The Sci-GaIA Open Science Platform 50'
        Speaker: Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
      • 11:40 Scientific Use Cases supported by the Sci-GaIA project 20'
        Speaker: Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
    • 12:00 - 13:00 Highlights of Ethiopian research
      • 12:00 The Ethiopian Research and Education Network: current Status and Future Prospects 25'
        Speaker: Zelalem Assefa (EthERNet - Ethiopia)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
      • 12:25 Digital Library, Institutional Repository and Open Access Movement for Universities 25'
        Speaker: Mesfin Gezahegn (Addis Ababa University - Ethiopia)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break
    • 14:30 - 16:45 Final Session
      • 14:30 Open discussion on how Sci-GaIA services can support Open Science in Ethiopia 1h30'
      • 16:00 Conclusions and wrap-up 30'
        Speakers: Zelalem Assefa (EthERNet - Ethiopia), Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)