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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Access to research data in Africa

Spotlight on access to research data at conference, Computing SA, January 31, 2008.

Cost-effective access to digital data that results from publicly-funded research is one of the topics to be highlighted at an international conference.

The first African digital curation conference will be held in Pretoria from February 12 - 13.

The exchange of ideas, knowledge and data is fundamental for human progress and part of the core of values of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

"The governments of SA, China, Israel and Russia as well as of the 30 OECD countries have adopted a declaration on open access to research data resulting from public funding. According to the declaration, they asked the OECD to develop guidelines and principles for facilitating optimal access to digital research data," explains Dr Martie van Deventer, research information expert at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and chairperson of the conference organising committee....

The SA Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Mosibudi Mangena, will talk on the implications of the OECD declaration for African and South African policy on research data and information management....

The infrastructure to provide access to research data is still underdeveloped in Africa....