Open Science: Côte d’Ivoire is developing an inclusive roadmap

The headquarters of the Virtual University of Côte d’Ivoire (UVCI) in Abidjan, hosted this Monday, April 25, the National Symposium on Open Science 2022 on the topic “Open Science, an opportunity to promote research, the Côte d’Ivoire innovation and development “. of Ivory Coast “.

(Cio Mag) – The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MERS), through the Virtual University of Côte d’Ivoire, has organized this Monday, in Abidjan, the National Symposium on Open Science 2022, before the conference annual meeting of the West and Central Africa Research and Education Network (WACREN) from 27 to 29 April at the Félix Houphouët Boigny University in Abidjan.

In addition to the UVCI, this symposium brought together the Permanent Delegation of Côte d’Ivoire to Unesco in Paris, the National Commission for Unesco, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DGRI), the National Science Fund , Technology and Innovation (FONSTI), the Ivorian Telecommunications Network for Education and Research (RITEL) and the National Computer Center (CNC). It aimed to provide MESRS with a consensual roadmap that would allow it to develop a national policy, following the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

Teacher. Koné Tiémoman, Director General of the UVCI.

“This symposium will allow us to launch our roadmap, all the timetable and actions we need to take so that open science can support the various development actions that our country has been carrying out for some time. “, explained Prof. Koné Tiémoman, Director General of the UVCI.

Open science: an inclusive concept

The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was adopted unanimously by the 193 member states, including Côte d’Ivoire, on 23 November 2021, at 41.i Unesco General Conference. It determines values, standards and guiding principles intended to regulate the question of open science at the international level:

“An inclusive concept that is defined as a global movement aimed at making scientific knowledge accessible to all and usable by all and also at strengthening scientific collaboration and the exchange of information for the benefit of society as a whole,” he said. define Teacher. Bakayoko-Ly Ramata, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Côte d’Ivoire to UNESCO in Paris.

If scientific information has always been shared within the scientific community, through publications, theses, conferences, etc., in today’s world it is becoming urgent to allow, thanks to digital technologies, access to information and scientific knowledge to meet major global challenges such as climate change and global pandemics such as Covid-19.

“Covid-19 has shown how open science can accelerate the search for solutions. In fact, this pandemic has stimulated knowledge production systems and the exchange of the coronavirus genome through open access portals to improve understanding. common cause of this threat to health “, argued Prof. Bakayoko-Ly Ramata.

Free access to information

Committed to various reforms that led to the creation in 2012 of RITEL, the origin of distance learning and the creation in 2016 of virtual libraries that interconnect universities and public schools, Côte d’Ivoire was already in the open science train.

And a few days after the approval of the aforementioned Recommendation, FONSTI organized from November 30 to December 2, 2021 a workshop on the topic “Open science and sustainable development: challenges and perspectives”. Workshop that made it possible to take stock of open science in Africa, to assess the challenges, risks and opportunities, especially in Côte d’Ivoire.

“This symposium on open science is therefore very timely as there is growing talk of breaking down barriers to accessing information,” said Prof. Kobéa Toka Arsène, Chief of Staff of the MESRS.

And it is fortunate that the representative of Prof. Adama Diawara, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, wished the educational and research community to make progress in the implementation of open science at the national level, so that Côte d’Ivoire is among the best ranked countries at the end of the assessment scheduled for the 43rdi Unesco General Conference in 2025.

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