The Sci-GaIA consortium is proud to announce the release of the “Guidelines to setup and configure an appliance for the deployment of standard compliant Open Access Repositories“, authored by the University of Catania, with the contribution of CSIR – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
One of the objectives of the Sci-GaIA project is to strengthen and expand e-Infrastructure and Science Gateway related services. In particular, to expand and extend activities carried out in past projects, consolidating the services in an African e-Infrastructure. One of the goals is to support the creation of an African Open Linked Data Infrastructure. Such an infrastructure should be interoperable with and federated to those elsewhere, and this is best done by the adoption of international standards and guidelines.
Sci-GaIA also aims at exploiting Open Access repositories together with Science Gateways in order to deal with very important Open Science related topics such as the discoverability, reproducibility and reusability of scholarly and scientific digital objects. All this will make African science and scientists more visible and will allow the extension of the principles of the European Research Area well beyond its southern border. In this context, the project worked on a document presenting the template of a standards-compliant Open Access repository, delivered by the project as a fully-functional, reproducible, proof of principle – a contextualised template of good practice which communities can refer to or even re-use directly.
Sci-GaIA supports the Open Science paradigm the whole Consortium is committed to setup a platform for re-producible and re-usable science across Europe and Africa and one the deemed key components is a template for an Open Access Repository (OAR) that could be easily deployable wherever it is required in the region targeted by the project. The Sci-GaIA Open Access Repository is based on the INFN Open Access Repository whose implementation details and functionalities are described in detail in the document.
Included in the Sci-GaIA document are:
- Key concepts and driving considerations with regards to Open Science (key enablers, schools of thought, etc);
- Requirements concerning the digital assets, the choices made and their motivations;
- Guidelines on how to install and configure a virtual appliance containing the template repositories as well as a report on the current state of activities
The Sci-GaIA Open Access Repository has the double function of being the project’s document repository (in order to comply with the EC Open Data Pilot) and the template to be cloned in many places in Africa to make science “made in Africa” more visible, re-producible and re-usable.
Within this very fertile, exciting and fascinating landscape created around open science, the breakthrough concept of Open Science Commons is emerging as the ensemble of management principles that may actually implement Open Science guidelines. According to the Open Science Commons principles, ”research data, scientific instruments, digital services (including those for data-intensive science), software, written knowledge (e.g., scientific publications, educational and training resources), expertise from people”, etc. are openly and widely shared across virtual research communities encompassing a variety of different disciplines. Due to the huge importance of the above concepts and the key role they can play for the development of Africa and for making science “made in Africa” more visible worldwide, most of the work carried out by Sci-GaIA in its first months has been concentrated on setting up an Open Science Commons Platform for Africa comprising all the tools and services needed to enable Open Science workflows.
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