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Open Access Africa 2012

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Presentation slides and video from the event are available below.

Date:04 - 05 November 2012

Location:University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Contact us:oaafrica@biomedcentral.com


Aim of conference

Open Access Africa brings together researchers, librarians, journal editors, funders and other decision-makers to share ideas on how open access publishing can support science and medicine in Africa. Building on outcomes from previous successful and lively events, the conference will feature open access expertise from the University of Cape Town, the rest of Africa and beyond. The themes reflect the need for a clear message about what open access is, the importance of sustainable funding for African journals, and the complementary roles of capacity building in research and journal publishing.

Full Program

Day One: Sunday 4 November 2012


Open Access Overview

9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Opening welcome

Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central

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10.10 Open access: Current status and future plans

Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, BioMed Central

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10.50 The rapidly changing policy environment: Implications for publishers and universities

Eve Gray, Honorary Research Associate, University of Cape Town

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11.30 Break for refreshments
11.55 Institutional responses to the changing environment: The case of UCT

Laura Czerniewicz, Director, OpenUCT Initiative, University of Cape Town

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12.20 Malaria Journal, an open access success story

Marcel Hommel, Editor-in-Chief, Malaria Journal

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13.00 Lunch

Capacity Building

14.00 Supporting the development agenda: Research information for policy-makers and a non-academic audience

Michelle Willmers, Programme Manager, Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme

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14.30 Building expertise in journal publishing

Susan Murray, Director, African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

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15.00 Growing research by going open: The possibilities and problems for strengthening capacity

Jonathan Harle, Programmes Manager, Association of Commonwealth Universities

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15.30 Break for refreshments
16.00 Capacity building for repositories

Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology

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16.30 Panel discussion: Capacity building

Michelle Willmers, Susan Murray, Jonathan Harle, Helena Asamoah-Hassan

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17.30 Drinks reception

Day Two: Monday 5 November 2012


Open Access Advocacy

9.30 Open access in Africa: Some issues and questions

Conrad Omonhinmin, Co-ordinating Open Access Nigeria, Covenant University

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10.00 The effects of making information available and the power of scientific communities

Tom Olijhoek, Scientific Advisor on research of Tropical Diseases

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10.30 Open access Africa: Student advocacy

Daniel Mutonga, Medical Student`s Association of Kenya

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11.00 Break for refreshments
11.25 Panel discussion: Open access advocacy

Matt Cockerill, Conrad Omonhinmin and Tom Olijhoek.

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12.00 Lunch

Sustainability of open access

13.00 Funding and sustainability: The Wellcome Trust perspective

Chris Bird, Senior Solicitor, Wellcome Trust

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13.30 Why open access is right for the World Bank

Carlos Rossel, Publisher, World Bank Publications

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14.00 What difference to the sustainability of open access can (a donor like) DFID make?

Matthew Harvey, Evidence Broker, Department for International Development

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14.30 Panel discussion: Sustainability of open access

Chris Bird, Carlos Rossel, Matthew Harvey

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15.00 Closing remarks

Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central

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