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Everyone for themselves: When the lack of a guiding policy framework stifles research collaborations

By Maurice Bolo and Dorine Odongo of the Harmonization of Open Science and Commercialization project Through a series of case studies of contemporary research partnerships derived from research consortia funded by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), our project is interrogating the extent to which policy decisions have affected the choices, behavior […]

Lessons from Colombia: Tying Open Science with Local Development Needs

By: Denisse Albornoz and Josique Lorenzo In a recent post we described the experience of OCSDNet members: Leslie Chan (OCSDNet Principal Investigator), Denisse Albornoz (OCSDNet Coordination Team) and Josique Lorenzo (Project sub-grantee, CATIE) at the seminar on Ciencia Abierta (Open Science) at the UTP (Technological University of Pereira) in Colombia, where they met with scholars, […]

Collaboration in Disaster Recovery Planning for the Caribbean

By: Lila Rao and Maurice McNaughton (Mona School of Business and Management – The University of the West Indies) of the Disaster Preparedness through Open Ontologies Project Summary: •    Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) do not have the resources necessary for the development of comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plans (DRPs) and would benefit from […]

Facing social demands in non-hegemonic countries: from reflection to practice

By Hugo Ferpozzi of CONICET Versión en español del blog está disponible aquí. The workshop entitled, “Open Science Collaborations Facing Social Demands in Non-Hegemonic Countries” took place in Buenos Aires between July 24 and July 26, 2015. The event was proposed as an opportunity to gather together OCSDNet project participants, advisors, consultants and other colleagues interested […]

Toward context-sensitive openness: how understanding multicultural conceptions of openness can help us better apply it

Guest blog post by: Hani Morsi Hani Morsi is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex, UK. He is interested in issues at the intersection of technology, knowledge and politics. He blogs at http://p2pdemocracy.com and tweets @hanimorsi. Summary:  ‘Openness’ assumes equal access and opportunity; but not all cultures may […]

DIY Laboratories: Next Steps for Open Science in South and Southeast Asia

By Hermes Huang of the Understanding Open Hardware and Citizen Science Project Summary: • The Understanding Open Hardware and Citizen Science Project, working in Indonesia, Thailand, and Nepal, is based on the premise that science practice is often inaccessible in the Global South due to high costs related to acquiring hardware, accessing educational institutions, and hiring professional services. […]