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Growing Open Data in Africa

Presenter: Nodumo Dhlamini, Association of African Universities & Thomas King, Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Format: Asynchronous discussion from 6 – 10 February + two webinars:
Webinar 1: Nodumo Dhlamini Monday 6 February 2017 at 3 pm (SAST)
Webinar 2: Thomas King Thursday 9 February 1 pm (SAST)

What is open data? Why is it important? What are some of the global and local drivers of the growing open data movement? Who is currently engaging in sharing open data in Africa and why? How can we create and share open data? Whose interests does it serve to do so?
Do we perhaps want to include where to find open data? And suggestions for how it might be used or possible relevance for different audiences?
This online event will consist of two webinars. The first webinar will be presented by Nodumo Dhlamini who will provide an introduction to open data and share an overview of the current state of open data in Africa. She will discuss global and local drivers of the growing open data movement and provide some insight into who is currently involved in sharing open data in Africa and why. The second webinar will be presented by Thomas King who will share their experiences of publishing open data within the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project hosted in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thomas will share useful advice for researchers who are just getting started with curating and sharing their data, highlighting ethical, contractual and other practical issues for consideration

First webinar 6 February with Nodumo Dhlamini, AAU

Second webinar with Thomas King 9 February 2017, ROER4D


Nodumo DhlaminiNodumo Dhlamini is the Director of ICT Services and Knowledge Management for the Association of African Universities. Her background is in Information Technology Systems, Communication and Knowledge Management.
Blog http://nodumodhlamini.blogspot.co.za/p/blog-page.html
Twitter: @NodumoDhlamini

 

 

Thomas King, ROER4DThomas King is the Data Administrator for ROER4D and has worked on the Vice Chancellor’s Open Educational Resources Adaptation project and the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. His primary research interests revolve around Open Educational Resources and quantifying/analysing ‘impact’ in research and education. His Masters investigated OER production and adaptation by students at the University of Cape Town.

 

 

 



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