The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data-intensive science. First established in 2017, the operations of the AOSP encompass the following:
- A federated e-infrastructure;
- Policies, practices, tools of research data management;
- A Data Science and AI Institute;
- Programme delivery;
- Science programmes;
- Education and skills programmes;
- Societal engagement, dialogue, and policy.
The Secretariat of the AOSP is based at the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Pretoria, South Africa, with additional financial support provided by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), and the International Science Council (ISC).
Call for nominations
The AOSP is now receiving nominations for its first Governing Council to succeed the existing Advisory Committee and to guide the further strategic development of the AOSP. The Governing Council will:
- Provide strategic advice on Open Science engagements in Africa and the further strategic development of the AOSP, including plans to implement the AOSP strategy;
- Advise on appointments of AOSP Technical Working Groups;
- Provide strategic leadership and develop priorities agendas and associated activity and business plans for implementation of the AOSP;
- Support the development of networks in national, regional, and global systems of scientific priority setting and funding;
- Build connections and collaborations with major national, regional, and international science and data initiatives;
- Build linkages with influential decision-makers, policy-makers and leading scientists on a national and regional level;
- Serve in an advocacy role for the platform; and
- Advise on and support fundraising initiatives.
The Governing Council shall meet at least twice per year. It will consist of up to ten members and be appointed for a maximum of two three-year terms, starting on 15 November 2022. No direct remuneration will be made; however, costs associated with participation will be supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as necessary.
Nominations should be made by 31 October 2022.
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