I am now back in London and already missing Kenya. There are many ways of catching up with what happened.
Most of the decks of slides from the presentations have been now added to the “Africa e-Science Commons” collection created by Bruce Becker on Zenodo (log in required but it’s easy, quick and free to register).
I am also putting together a fileset that will be uploaded to figshare as soon as possible.
On the way back from Nairobi I transcribed and uploaded as a text file some of the notes produced by the workshop participants and is available through the following DOI on fighsare: http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.958929
You can also explore the live (while the Google spreadsheet allows) #scholarAfrica interactive tweets archive here.
The Facebook page of the OpenUCT Initiative (University of Cape Town, South Africa) also has some pictures of the event here (no Facebook login required).
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It was a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries (Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, USA…) doing incredibly exciting research and scholarly communications work.
We used the #scholarAfrica hashtag and I live-tweeted a lot. One of my intentions was to put to test some of the principles we’ll be discussing in terms of the role of social media in helping us become visible amongst our own immediate networks and beyond.
It was very nice to see it –as Kaitlin Thaney put it– go “boom!” like a rocket!
Bruce Becker (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, UbuntuNet Alliance, CHAIN-REDS, South Africa and Italy)
Michelle Willmers (OpenUCT, Cape Town)
Tezira Lore (International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi)
Firoze Manji (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Senegal)
Kaitlin Thaney (Director, Mozilla Science Lab, New York)
It is a real privilege to be here. As a Mexican and Latin American I cannot but verify the close connection we have with African cultures in general and in specific with the challenges and opportunities in terms of academic dissemination, discoverability and recognition. The kinship is both moving and inspiring, and for me a reminder of how much remains to be done to bring that relationship to the fore and learn more from each other.
Kaitlin Thaney (Director, Mozilla Science Lab, New York), who is here to present at the workshop as well, has written a post you should read, here.
If you are interested in the kind of apporach we’ll be taking the following resources may be of interest: