Sci-GaIA Festival of Open Science

chaired by Simon Taylor (BRUNEL(GB)), Roberto Barbera (University of Catania and INFN)
from to (Africa/Johannesburg)
at Pretoria (South Africa) ( Amethyst )
CSIR International Convention Centre 1 Meiring Naude Road Pretoria
Description

Sci-GaIA Festival of Open Science

The “User Forum & Final Event” of the EU-funded Sci-GaIA project will be held on March, 23-24, 2017 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CICC), Pretoria, South Africa. The event will be hosted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a member of the Sci-GaIA consortium.

Both days will be held in the Amethyst room on the lower  level.

 

Goal and organisation

The Sci-GaIA “User Forum & Final Event” is organised in two consecutive days. The first day will be devoted to a scientific workshop especially targeting the users and early adopters of the Sci-GaIA Open Science Platform while the second day will aim at presenting the final outcomes of the Sci-GaIA project and discussing the present and the future of e-Infrastructure(1) and Open Science(2) in Africa. Speakers of the first day will be selected through a peer review process while those of the second day will be invited.

Topics

The topics of the Sci-GaIA “User Forum & Final Event” include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Science(3) (use cases and applications);

  • Open Science (use cases and applications);

  • Open Access (services and/or best practices);

  • Open Data (services and/or best practices);

  • Open Education and Open Educational Resources (services and/or best practices);

  • E-Infrastructure and its services (Education & Research Networks, Certification Authorities, Identity Federations, Digital Repositories, Science Gateways(4), etc.);

  • Grid and Cloud Computing based services and applications;

  • High Throughput and High Performance Computing based services and applications;

  • Cases studies of the new and emerging Communities of Practice supported by the Sci-GaIA project(5).

Instructions to authors

Scientists, researchers and educators are invited to submit papers related to at least one of the topics listed above to be presented at  first in the User Forum.. All papers should be written in English using either this MS Word template or this LaTeX template and their length should be comprised between 4 and 8 pages. During the submission phase, authors should also include a separate and self-consistent abstract containing no more than 500 characters (including spaces). Authors of accepted papers are expected to also attend the Final Event on the second day.

Accepted papers will be published as Open Access articles with unique Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Additionally, authors of selected accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of a scientific journal.

 

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline to the User Forum: February, 12, 2017 February, 19, 2017

  • Acceptance/rejection notification: February, 20, 2017 February, 28, 2017

  • Camera ready papers: March, 6, 2017 March, 13, 2017

  • Registration deadline: March, 20, 2017

 

Participation grants

The participation to the Sci-GaIA “User Forum and Final Event” is free of charge but interested people are invited to register at their earliest convenience to let the local organisers better define the logistics of the event. Some participation grants, which will cover travel and accommodation, will be made available. Grantees will be selected by the Organisation and the Programme  Committees among the registrants and they will be notified in due time before the start of the event.

 

References

(1) e-Infrastructure refers to a "combination and interworking of digitally-based technology (hardware and software), resources (data, services, digital libraries), communications (protocols, access rights and networks), and the people and organisational structures needed to support modern, internationally leading collaborative research be in the arts and humanities or the sciences". [ref.]

(2) “Open science is a means and not an end in itself and it is much more than just open access to publications or data; it includes many aspects and stages of research processes thus enabling full reproducibility and re-usability of scientific results.” [ref.]

(3) The term was created by John Taylor, the Director General of the United Kingdom's Office of Science and Technology in 1999 and was used to describe a large funding initiative starting in November 2000. E-science has been more broadly interpreted since then, as "the application of computer technology to the undertaking of modern scientific investigation, including the preparation, experimentation, data collection, results dissemination, and long-term storage and accessibility of all materials generated through the scientific process. These may include data modelling and analysis, electronic/digitized laboratory notebooks, raw and fitted data sets, manuscript production and draft versions, pre-prints, and print and/or electronic publications". [ref.]

(4) A Science Gateway (also known as Virtual Research Environment or Virtual Laboratory) is a "community-development set of tools, applications, and data that is integrated via a portal or a suite of applications, usually in a graphical user interface, that is further customized to meet the needs of a specific community“. [TeraGrid/XSEDE]

(5) http://www.sci-gaia.eu/project-activities/community/

Material:
Support Email: info@sci-gaia.eu
Go to day
  • Thursday, 23 March 2017
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration
      Registration and badging will take place at the entrance to the Amethyst Room on the lower level
    • 09:00 - 10:00 The Sci-GaIA Project and Community
      The User Forum kicks off with an overview of what Sci-GaIA is, what it has produced for research communities, and how the users are supported via the forum.
      • 09:00 Opening and Welcome 5'
      • 09:05 The Sci-GaIA Project 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Simon Taylor (Brunel University London - UK)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 09:20 The Sci-GaIA Open Science Platform 20'
        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 09:40 Sci-GaIA in Support of Communities 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Bruce Becker (Meraka Institute, CSIR - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
    • 10:00 - 10:20 coffee break
      Brief break for refreshments.
    • 10:20 - 12:30 User Forum Session 1: User Forum - Sci-GaIA Champions and Research Cases
      Presentations of papers submitted to the Forum by the Sci-GaIA community and Champions are presented.
      Convener: Simon Taylor (Brunel University London - UK)
      • 10:20 Medical Image Processor and Repository - MIPAR 15'
        Speaker: Prof. Benjamin Aribisala (Lagos State University - Nigeria)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 10:35 FANLab: Scaling Innovations through Open Science 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Isaac Oteyo (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology - Kenya)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 10:50 e-Infrastructures and Open Science in support of Public Health: The Kenyan Public Health Gateway 15'
        Speakers: Mr. Charles Njaramba (Egerton University - Kenya), Mr. Dennis Muoki (Egerton University - Kenya)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 11:05 Technology Transfer Alliance Collaboration Platform 15'
        Speaker: Ms. Diana Rwegasira (University of Dar es Salaam - Tanzania)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
      • 11:20 Development of an Open Science Gateway: The case of the iGrid project in Tanzania 15'
        Speaker: Ms. Diana Rwegasira (University of Dar es Salaam - Tanzania)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
      • 11:35 Towards a Scalable Architecture of SME application: Microservice Integration Approach 30'
        Speaker: Ms. Immaculee Joselyne Munezero (Makerere University - Uganda)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 12:30 - 13:30 lunch
    • 13:30 - 14:50 User Forum Session 2: User Forum - Sci-GaIA Champions and Research Cases
      Presentations of papers submitted to the Forum by the Sci-GaIA community and Champions are presented.
      Convener: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 13:30 Deploying Plant Tissue Culture Simulation Use Case for E-Infrastructures 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Collins Udanor (University of Nigeria Nsukka - Nigeria)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 13:45 An Adaptable e-Service Communication Model for Rural Agricultural Extension 15'
        Speakers: Dr. Olutayo Bamidele Ajayi (Federal University of Agriculture), Mr. Babarinde Oluwaseyi (Federal University of Agriculture - Nigeria)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file
      • 14:00 A Near Real-Time Meteorological Data Depository for Atmospheric Research in Africa 15'
        Speaker: Mr. Segun OYEYIOLA (Obafemi Awolowo University - Nigeria)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 14:15 A comparison between a Computational Grid and a High-end Multicore Server in an academic environment 15'
        Speaker: Mr. David Risinamhodzi (North West University- South Africa)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 14:30 Communal sensemaking via social mapping 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Mario Marais (CSIR Meraka Institute - South Africa)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 14:50 - 16:20 Best practices in research communities
      We explore activities in other places which aim to develop e-Science and Open Science practices in research communities.
      Convener: Dr. Bruce Becker (Meraka Institute, CSIR)
      • 14:50 Supporting user communities at the CHPC 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Werner Janse van Rensburg (Centre for High-Performance Computing - South Africa)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 15:10 Communities of Practice in Sci-GaIA 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Jaran Eriksen (Karolinska Institute - Sweden)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 15:30 Developing skills with Software Carpentry 20'
        Speaker: Ms. Anelda van der Walt (NWU / Talarify - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
      • 15:50 Data Science for Impact and Decision Enablement (DSIDE) + Data Science Infrastructure Needs 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Nyalleng Moorosi (CSIR - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
    • 16:20 - 16:40 coffee break
    • 16:40 - 17:50 Discussion and closing
      After the presentations of the work and impact of these communities, we explore themes and open questions in a round-table discussion.
      The panelists will be posed with provocative questions, which they can provide their unique insight into, and open discussion from the floor. 
  • Friday, 24 March 2017
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Welcome and Registration
      Registration and badging will take place at the entrance to the Amethyst Room on the lower level.
    • 09:00 - 10:00 The Sci-GaIA project
      • 09:00 Opening and welcoming remarks 15'
      • 09:15 The Sci-GaIA Project 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Simon Taylor (Brunel University London - UK)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 09:35 The Sci-GaIA Open Science Platform 25'
        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 10:00 - 11:30 Open Infrastructures: The practice of Open Science relies on access to services for accessing, processing, analysing and publishing data.
      The practice of Open Science relies on access to services for discovering, accessing, analysing and publishing data and other research outputs. Interoperability and seamless access to services allows research communities to build virtual research environments which exploit these infrastructures to support themselves and conduct their research. This session contains presentations from various infrastructure projects in this area.
      Convener: Dr. Bruce Becker (Meraka Institute, CSIR)
      • 10:00 The African Open Science Platform 20'
        Speaker: Ms. Ina Smith (ASSAF - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
      • 10:20 Data-Intensive Research Infrastructure for South Africa (DIRISA) 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Anwar Vahed (CSIR Meraka Institute - South Africa)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 10:40 The South African Identity Federation (SAFIRE) 20'
        Speaker: Mr. Guy Halse (TENET / SAFIRE - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
      • 11:00 The African Research Cloud (ARC) 20'
        Speaker: Mr. Stefan Coetzee (University of Cape Town - South Africa)
        Material: Slides pdf file Video recording link
    • 11:30 - 12:00 Health break
    • 12:00 - 13:00 The Impact of Sci-GaIA (Session 1)
      We explore the impact that Sci-GaIA has had during the course of the project. The outcome of work done in support of communities, infrastructure, development and learning is shown.
      • 12:00 MIPAR: A Science Gateway for Analysing Medical Images 15'
        Speaker: Prof. Benjamin Aribisala (Lagos State University - Nigeria)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 12:15 A web-based survey of needs among Pharmaceutical research communities in Africa 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Jaran Eriksen (Karolinska Institute - Sweden)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 12:30 Use of the Open Access Repository to promote the content of social innovators 15'
        Speaker: Mr. Karol Novat (Elimu Living Lab - Tanzania)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 12:45 New Challenges in Open Science Related Education in Africa 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Margareth Gfrerer (Education Strategy Centre - Ethiopia)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 13:00 - 14:00 lunch break
    • 14:00 - 15:00 The Impact of Sci-GaIA (Session 2)
      A major output of the project is the Open Science hackfest. We show highlights of the events, project results and present the methods involved.
      • 14:00 The Hackfest/Hackathon - Tool to Lecture Innovation 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Margareth Gfrerer (Education Strategy Centre - South Africa)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 14:20 The Kenyan Public Health Gateway 20'
        Speakers: Mr. Charles Njaramba (Egerton University - Kenya), Mr. Dennis Muoki (Egerton University - Kenya)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 14:40 Science Gateways: Challenge Driven Education fostering Frugal Innovation in the context of IoT 20'
        Speaker: Ms. Amelset Kelati (KTH - Sweden)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Opening Science in Africa
      Perspectives of the experiences of Sci-GaIA and TANDEM will be given, as well as others.
      • 15:30 Experiences from the TANDEM project 15'
        Speaker: Mr. Omo Oaiya (WACREN - Ghana)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
      • 15:45 Open Simulation for Public Health in Africa 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Anastasia Anagnostou (Brunel University London - UK)
        Material: Slides powerpoint file Video recording link
    • 16:00 - 17:00 The end of the beginning
      The Sci-GaIA project is coming to an end. We celebrate this most recent step in supporting African e-Science and e-Infrastrucutres by all involved and ask ourselves : what now ? A discussion on the sustainability of the services and communities will be had, followed by a vote of thanks, prize-giving and closing.
      Material: Video recording link slides powerpoint file