Ep 7- Why Open Science Matters: Perspectives from an African Scholarly Communication Expert
For many years, African libraries have been struggling to keep up with the rest of the world in terms of access to scientific information and resources. This has led to a situation where valuable research findings are often shelved and not shared with the wider scientific community, and libraries are forced to operate with limited resources, hindering their ability to provide quality services to their users. In this episode, we are joined by Mr. Lazarus Gallant Matizirofa, the Deputy Director of the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria, to discuss among other things, how African libraries are embracing open science to address the challenges of shelved research and poor library funding. Mr. Matizirofa is a true pioneer in the open scholarship community, working tirelessly to promote open-access publishing and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations.
Lazarus is a pioneer in the world of open scholarship and research visibility, with a wealth of experience in the field. He is a member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories Next Generation Repositories Working Group, and was a Technical Advisory Board member for the African Open Science Platform from 2017 to 2019. He also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the SA-EU Open Science Dialogue in 2018 and 2019.
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