Open science aims to make the products and processes of scholarly work accessible to as many stakeholders as possible. However, shifting scholarly culture to value the open sharing of software, data, protocols, and research findings also requires changes in how researchers and their outputs are assessed and rewarded. Importantly, reform to both research culture and assessment practices cannot be implemented using a “one size fits all” approach–such efforts must account for context if they are to be successful (e.g., region, language, discipline, etc).

In view of this, LIBSENSE and DORA on March 2, 2022 will hold an hour webinar to discuss how open science practices and research assessment reform may be integrated into regional assessment policies across African higher education institutions, taking cognizance of all the contextual peculiarities 

The Webinar will converge subject-matter experts to share their unique experiences in developing and implementing reform approaches in higher education institutions. They are expected to  provide insightful responses to key questions like:

  1. How can research practices be transformed through open science?
  2. Why should research outputs be considered based on intrinsic merit rather than proxy-measures of quality like journal impact factor or h-index?
  3. How are current systems of research valuation biased towards the global north?

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM UTC (link to world time converter here

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Violet Makuku, Quality Assurance Specialist, Association of African Universities, Ghana
  • Dr. Frederick Ato Armah, Dir. Directorate of Research Innovation and Consultancy, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Dr. Laura Rovelli, Coordinator, Latin America Forum for Research Assessment, Argentina

Register here