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Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 11:46:25 PDT 2014

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Introducing the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Open and Collaborative Science
in Development Network (OCSDNet) <http://www.ocsdnet.org/> and the public Call
for Concept Notes
<http://ocsdnet.org/downloads/OCSDNetCallforConceptPapers.pdf> for funding
proposals to support research and case studies that explore the linkages
between open science and development initiatives.

With funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
<http://www.idrc.ca/>, OCSDNet is jointly coordinated by the Centre for
Critical Development Studies (CCDS)
<http://blog.utsc.utoronto.ca/idsprogram/> at the University of Toronto
Scarborough (Canada) <http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/home/> and iHub (Kenya)
<http://www.ihub.co.ke/>. OCSDNet aims to support researchers and
practitioners from the Global South to carry out research or projects that
will lead to deeper understanding of whether, and the conditions under
which open knowledge production processes could lead to development
outcomes, such as economic and educational opportunities, improved health
and food security, and policy reform. By contributing to this new area of
study, OCSDNet will also build a community of open science practitioners
and leaders who will influence policy dialogues pertaining to the role of
science and innovation in development.

Research Focus:

OCSDNet aims to investigate a broad range of questions, including:


   How do researchers in various institutional contexts practice
   “openness”? How can open science approaches benefit researchers in the
   Global South?

   Will OCS lead to novel insights and solutions to entrenched development

   Can greater participation of citizens in the planning and conduct of
   scientific research increase its application in addressing local
   development goals?

   How can the sharing of knowledge as a public good be weighed against
   protection of various forms of rights?

To explore these and related questions, OCSDNet will provide funding
support for up to 15 case studies from eligible countries
<http://ocsdnet.org/article/application#eligibility>. Specifically, OCSDNet
will support case studies that employ innovative and transformative open
processes to address a range of development challenges in Global South
contexts. The network welcomes a mix of projects
<http://ocsdnet.org/thematic> that include scientific research in a
specific domain to generate new knowledge (i.e. food security, health
equity, citizen empowerment, renewable energies, climate change impact), as
well as critical research on ongoing initiatives, focusing on behaviours,
contexts, challenges and opportunities enabled by OCS principles.

Applying for OCSDNet Funding:

OCSDNet has launched an open call for concept papers for OCS development
projects <http://ocsdnet.org/article/application>. A flyer with further
information about OCSDNet and OCS more broadly is also available (
http://goo.gl/cwMs8J). The call is open to researchers and practitioners
affiliated with organizations based in countries that are eligible for
support by the IDRC. The deadline for submissions is September 8th, 2014.
Successful authors of the papers will be invited to a proposal development
workshop, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2014. (For details of the
call, visit the OCSDNet web site: www.ocsdnet.org ).

For further questions, please contact us at info at ocsdnet.org.

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*Carolina Rossini *
*Vice President, International Policy*
*Public Knowledge*
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