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Call for Proposals from Librarians to Participate in Open Science Training

UbuntuNet Alliance invites university librarians in Eastern and Southern Africa to submit proposals to participate in a one-day training on Open Science (OS), collocated with the UbuntuNet-Connect 2024 Conference. The training is funded under the AfricaConnect3 project, co-funded by the European Union, and the Africa Open Science Platform (AOSP), co-funded by the National Research Fund, …

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Call for Proposals: Empowering Librarians Through Open Science

In our endeavor to unlock the cast potential of education and research across Africa as is also reflected in the AfricaConnect 3 project, we aim to enhance access to digital infrastructure and technologies for African education and research institutions. As part of this, we are excited to extend an invitation to librarians across the UbuntuNet …

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Unlocking Data Access in Africa: UbuntuNet Alliance’s Presence at Open Repositories 2023

UbuntuNet Alliance showcased its commitment to advancing open science at the Open Repositories 2023 conference held in Cape Town, South Africa from 12th to 15th June, 2023. Represented by their Business Development Officer, Harold Bowa, UbuntuNet Alliance actively participated in panel discussions and engaged with prominent practitioners in the field of open science. Harold Bowa …

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UbuntuNet Alliance Partners with the University of Nairobi and the University of Johannesburg to support the development of emerging digital technology applications

Data, currently being generated at an exponential growth rate, coupled with Emerging Digital Technologies (EDT) have the ability to identify patterns, build explanatory models, and make predictions faster and more accurately than humans. EDT applications using AI and blockchain-based algorithms are being used to address seemingly intractable problems. These algorithms, mainly created in the developed …

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Eastern and Southern African NRENs Represented in the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly 77

Prof. Madara Ogot, the CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking was part of a panel discussion at the Science Summit at UNGA77. The Panel set out to discuss the Digital infrastructure to enable Science and Cooperation in Africa. Throughout the panel discussion Prof. Ogot was able to shine a light on the …

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Utafiti Africa Publishes First in a Series of Research-Oriented Video-on-Demand Courses

Utafiti Africa enters its next phase of development with the introduction of self-paced video-on-demand training programmes. The courses shall be developed and presented by experts in their respective fields, thereby strengthening the research skills and capacity of researchers in Africa. Courses seek to cover the full spectrum of research support, from grant proposal writing at …

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Nigeria and Kenya Continue to Dominate as the Utafiti Africa Portal usage Rapidly Grows

Since its introduction at the end of February 2022, the number of active members on Utafiti Africa, UA’s research funding opportunities portal, has continued to rapidly grow, from 260 active members at the end of March to 480 by the end of June. The largest number of active users are in East and West Africa …

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Kenya and Nigeria Lead in Registrations on Utafiti Africa

Utafiti Africa, UbuntuNet Alliance’s research funding opportunities portal that was launched towards the end of February this year, has recorded an impressive 262 registrations from across the continent in the past month. The portal, that currently has over 100 open funding opportunities in all disciplines, makes it convenient to filter opportunities by combinations of country, …

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UbuntuNet Alliance Launches its “Utafiti Africa” Research Opportunities Platform

The ability for African researchers to conduct high-quality research is crucial for Africans to address Africa’s development challenges. Their research provides the evidence necessary for impactful policy development and the creation of appropriate evidence-based solutions. Researchers in Africa face many challenges in accessing research funding. Prof Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University, suggested at …

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NRENs: Supporting the global challenges of the novel coronavirus

By Jane Gifford National Research and Education (R&E) Networks (also known as NRENs) together provide critical communications infrastructure for universities and research institutes worldwide. This global network of interconnected networks is boosting international capacity where needed as part of the global rapid response to the recent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. During the past few …

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