Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Repositories

Eko-Konnect in collaboration with the Nigerian Universities Library Consortium (NULIB) invites you to a two day interactive and practical workshop themed: “Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Your Repository”.   The workshop is aimed at addressing some of the issues raised at the meeting of Libraries in support of effective research in WACREN held in Abuja last year.   

Building on regional efforts to promote researcher visibility and other collaborations to enable improved access to local content, the event will be a participatory design workshop with outcomes that lead to follow-on activity in participant campus networks.

Objective
Co-design a collaborative project for increased awareness and uptake of ORCID identifiers on Nigerian campuses, and employ them to efficiently track research outputs and other institutional data outputs through the integration of Institutional Repositories with the ORCID API.

Target Audience
Senior Librarians and Library systems support staff who currently manage or plan to deploy Institutional Repositories and want to achieve more impact from their deployment.

Date: 12th and 13th December, (Tuesday and Wednesday) 2017 
Time: 8am – 5pm 
Venue: Eko-Konnect Secretariat, 11b Taiye Olowu Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Cost
Registration is required for this workshop and costs N50,000 per participant. There are limited spaces for the workshop so please register early! There is a 10% discount for registration and payments is completed before the registration deadline.

For further information and registration please visit:
https://indico.wacren.net/event/60/ If you don’t have an indico user account click the ‘create one here’ link on the page to create an account and access the registration page
or email secretariat@eko-konnect.org.ng

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

NgREN Signs Agreement With WACREN On AfricaConnect2

The Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), recorded a mile stone in its efforts of connecting and enabling Nigerian universities and institutions to share resources, communicate, collaborate and partner with member institutions and other countries for effective research and learning, as it signed an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), in order to maximise the benefits of the 2nd phase of the AfricaConnect Project, (AfricaConnect2).

This agreement which signals a new vista for the Nigerian University System (NUS), through the NgREN, has provided more opportunities for the Nigerian Universities to collaborate with other country’s universities for global research.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, held at the NgREN secretariat, on Monday, 22 May, 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of WACREN, Dr. Boubakar Barry said Nigeria is the 5th country to connect the AfricaConnect2, after Mali, Togo, Cote d’ Ivoire and Burkina Faso. He said that the Project, expected to run from 2015 to 2018 would consolidate on the achievements of the AfricaConnect, adding that Lagos and the NgREN secretariat would be among the hubs of the project.

Eko-Konnect Hosts Meeting on Nigerian Participation in AfricaConnect2

The AfricaConnect2 Project is 80% funded by the European Union with the potential of dramatically transforming Internet access for higher education and research institutions in Africa. Participating countries must collectively contribute the 20% counter funding to the total budget (€26.6 million) being provided by the European Union.
 
As of March 2017 Nigeria had not paid its share of the counter-funding unlike other West African countries. Given Nigeria’s position and role in the region this was a cause for some concern for WACREN especially when the connectivity providers have been discussing contracts for connectivity for participating countries, and are in a terminal stage of the process. The situation could potentially disenfranchise Nigerian institutions and lose access to cheap connectivity the opportunity of European Union support.
 
Eko-Konnect convened an emergency meeting of Vice-Chancellors and ICT Directors to discuss the situation at the Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja Lagos on 8 March 2017. Boubakar Barry, WACREN CEO presented the history of how the AfricaConnect projects had evolved up to this point and why Nigeria was strategic in its plan to build a high capacity connectivity backbone across West Africa to deliver connectivity and NREN related services. He and expressed the hope that NgREN or any other willing consortia would speedily take up the opportunity and provide the required counter funding.

After some discussion that included WACREN CTO Omo Oaiya, it was agreed that Owen Iyoha GM, Eko-Konnect would prepare a brief product paper for distribution to the attendees explaining in more details the benefits of Internet bandwidth to be delivered through the AfricaConnect2 project and the different pricing discount models available to institutions that participate in the first stage of counter funding in a consortium.

WACREN e-Research Hackfest a Success!

The West and Central African Research and Education Network WACREN collaborated with Eko-Konnect, Sci-GaIA, the Lagos State University and AfricaConnect2 to organize a 10­day WACREN eResearch Hackfest in Lagos, Nigeria from 21-30 November 2016.

The objective was to develop capacity in the region’s researchers and developers to promote open and reproducible science. Using tools that are typically utilised in developing Science Gateways, the hackfest brought researchers and software developers together for 10 days to develop prototype applications and integrate to science gateways to allow the respective communities of practice of the researchers to benefit by having easier access to the research applications and enhance collaborative research. Of the 23 selected applicants, 21 participated in the event.

The training sessions were very interactive with remote training facilitation support from Roberto Barbara of the University of Catania via skype. The event was unique in that participants were given the opportunity to immediately apply the knowledge and skills acquired. On days 1&2 of the hackfest, the training facilitators introduced the technologies to the participants. On day 3, participants introduced their use cases and the tools they would use for implementation. From days 4 to 10, participants implemented their uses cases with guidance from the training facilitators.

The hackfest was an outstanding success! All 13 use case prototypes were implemented. Participants created github and federated identity accounts to allow continued development of their use case applications and communications with each other and trainers beyond the hackfest. The fully developed use case applications will finally be hosted by the WACREN and Eko-Konnect cloud pilot infrastructure currently being developed to be available by the end of March 2017.

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