#scholarAfrica Workshop: How to Catch Up

Group photo of participants of theDiscoverability Workshop: Nairobi, 10-11 March 2014
Group photo of participants of the Discoverability Workshop: Nairobi, 10-11 March 2014.       Can you spot the Mexican? ;-)

I had the privilege of participating in the Discoverability of African Scholarship Online workshop that took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-11 March 2014. It was organised by the OpenUCT Initiative and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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).

You can make a difference to tackle the inequality in visibility and recognition of African research. Please help increasing the visibility of the work done by African scholars by sharing and attributing their resources online.

#scholarAfrica Day 1


Yesterday we had the first day of the Promoting Discoverability of African Scholarship workshop in Nariboi, Keyna, organised by the OpenUCT Initiative in collaboration with the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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.

Tweet Volume Over Time #scholarAfrica after the first day of the workshop on 10 March 2014 at 13.57.06 GMT (16.57.06 local Nairobi time)
Tweet Volume Over Time #scholarAfrica after the first day of the workshop on 10 March 2014 at 13.57.06 GMT (16.57.06 local Nairobi time)

It was very nice to see it –as Kaitlin Thaney put it– go “boom!” like a rocket!

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us on Twitter yesterday. (There will be more today!)

Even before the workshop had wrapped up for the day the online sharing had already taken place.

A good way of catching up with some of what happened yesterday check these links:

I will post more photos later on a follow-up post.

For today, Bruce Becker (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, UbuntuNet Alliance, CHAIN-REDS, South Africa and Italy)  has already shared his presentation: http://prezi.com/89bkbbre5vk1/.

The future is now