Openness as a driver for development and innovation in Mauritius: A collaborative workshop event with PLOS and the University of Mauritius
Networking, collaboration and open approaches to research dissemination will be the focus of a high-level interaction at the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research & Technology in Ebene, Mauritius, on 15 January 2013.
The workshop, hosted by the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) in collaboration with the University of Mauritius (UoM) and PLOS (the open access publisher and advocacy organisation), takes place under the aegis of a research partnership between SCAP and UoM aimed at better understanding research dissemination practice in Mauritius and the benefits of technologically-driven, open approaches to scholarly communication.
Conducted by PLOS Advocacy Director Cameron Neylon, the workshop will focus on the challenge of transforming knowledge and innovation policy frameworks for optimum participation in a 21st century global knowledge society. The workshop will also provide an overview of the international academic funding environment and the influence of new open access imperatives on funding eligibility.
Mauritius is highly rated for its alignment of government and higher education policy* and it is hoped that the workshop will contribute to the ongoing evolution and alignment of national policy for the purposes of fostering international collaborative networks.
The dialogue forms part of an international collaboration initiative between SCAP (hosted at the University of Cape Town, South Africa), PLOS (USA/UK) and UoM. The Ministerial interaction will be complemented by a series of workshops and interactions at UoM, including a change laboratory workshop and seminar on global networked scholarship in the UoM Faculty of Science on 16 January.
* See Bailey et al. (2010) Case Study: Mauritius and the University of Mauritius. A report of the CHET Research on Higher Education and Development in Africa (HERANA) Programme. Available at: http://chet.org.za/papers/case-study-mauritius-and-university-mauritius
A presentation by Michelle Willmers delivered to the Emerging Researchers Programme at the University
of Cape Town in the 28th of November 2012.
Digital libraries and metadata expert Patricia Liebetrau conducted training on institutional repository development in the University of Namibia Library during SCAP’s UNAM site visit on 15-19 October 2012. This training forms part of a SCAP pilot initiative that aims to increase the visibility of Namibia research.
To view pictures of this training event, see the University of Namibia Library.
To download the presentation, please visit our Slideshare account.
The relationship between insitutional values, scholarly impact and alternative metrics is explored in the following presentation, presented as part of UCT’s Open Access Week 2012.
The presentation is available for download on our Slideshare account.