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Category Archives: 2nd Quarter 2018

TWAS Regional Offices Name Change

20 June 2018, 09:52

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TWAS Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) would like to notify you that TWAS has strategically renamed all its regional offices, effectively from 15 June 2018. TWAS-ROSSA is now TWAS Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP). As a result of an Internal Audit at TWAS in 2017, their office was requested to change the name of [...]

APET launches three reports on emerging technologies

20 June 2018, 07:31

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The African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET), of which Prof Roseanne Diab is a member, recently held its third meeting in Kigali, strategically aligning it with the African Innovation Summit, 6 to 8 June 2018, so as to launch three recently completed reports. The first, titled ‘Drones on the Horizon: Transforming [...]

Reliable ICT Infrastructure a Condition for Research Data Sharing

13 June 2018, 12:25

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Whether as a guideline, a roadmap or a framework – all participants during the AOSP ICT Infrastructure meeting held on 14 May 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa were in agreement that a document guiding African countries in preparing ICT infrastructures in support of research data sharing, would be of benefit to all. The one-day meeting [...]

Quest: Science for South Africa

13 June 2018, 12:19

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SciFest 2018 The SciFest 2018 took place from 7 to 13 March 2018 at the 1820 Memorial Monument in Grahamstown. Approximately 62 000 people visited the festival and the Quest exhibition was visited by some 6 200. The theme for 2018 was Innovation 4.0, with reference to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The theme included artificial [...]

Librarians Important Stakeholders in Data Management

13 June 2018, 12:18

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Librarians are important stakeholders in providing research data support to scientists, because of the many skills they offer, their focus on providing and disseminating access to high-quality research information resources, of which data sets one of many. ASSAf, through the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) project, contributed to raising awareness amongst librarians during the bi-annual [...]

ASSAf OJS Journals User Group

13 June 2018, 12:16

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The ASSAf Open Journal Systems (OJS) Journals platform held its first User Group meeting from 4 – 5 June 2018 in Pretoria. The meeting was held to formalise the relationship with the current five journals on the platform as the pilot project had come to an end. Planning and development regarding the platform, as well [...]

NWISET Consultation Meeting

13 June 2018, 12:15

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The formation of a South African National Chapter of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET) as required in terms of the SADC Charter on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology was discussed at a national consultative meeting of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) organisations on 8 May 2018. The Organisation for Women [...]

ASSAf Staff Member Celebrated

13 June 2018, 12:13

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The work of Dr Leti Kleyn, Programme Officer: Science Advisory Programme at ASSAf was recently celebrated when she received the much acclaimed ATKV Mediaveertjie for her indepth article on Die Tankwa-Karoo kan ’n kind heel opvréét/The Tankwa-Karoo can devour a child! The article was published in Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad. The annual “feather in [...]

ASSAf Appoints new Staff Members

13 June 2018, 12:11

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Nadia Grobler has been appointed as an Online Publishing Administrator in the Scholarly Publishing Unit, and will form part of the ScIELO SA team. She previously worked at the Open Scholarship Office of the University of Pretoria. Her experience resides within the Scholarly Communication environment, mainly focusing on Institutional Repositories. She holds a degree in [...]

ASSAf and Crossref host workshop

13 June 2018, 12:06

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ASSAf co-hosted workshops with Crossref in Pretoria and Cape Town on 17 and 19 April 2018. The participants were introduced to new Crossref tools, as well as the implementation of existing tools in the South African scholarly environment. These tools make it easier for South African journals to disseminate their research for wider visibility and [...]