Dr. Caleb Kibet will present "Making Open Science Practical in the Global South Through Grassroot Community Building" at the monthly Data Sharing and Reuse Seminar on September 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. EDT.
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About the Seminar
Open, collaborative, and reproducible research – Open Science – has great potential to advance science. The increase in genomic research data generated in Africa, including through the H3Africa consortium, has created a demand to adopt open science practices in data storage, reproducible pipeline, collaborative research, research software, and dissemination of research output. H3ABioNet develops open-source software and workflows, supports research data management planning (DMP), facilitates open science training, and makes its tools and data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable). We note that collaborators should be equipped with shared tools to work in the open and collaborate. Thus, the main barrier to working open is the lack of awareness of the collaboration tools and the skills required to utilize these tools. Grassroot communities such as OpenScienceKE, H3ABioNet Open Learning Circles and Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya Initiative are critical in localizing open science. The promotion of open science in Africa recognizes the future direction of research and how we grow this culture and practice in the region. This talk highlights open science initiatives at the forefront of promoting and practicing open science.
About the Speaker
With a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Rhodes University, South Africa, Caleb Kibet is a bioinformatics researcher, an open science advocate, and a mentor. Caleb is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the international center of insect physiology and ecology and teaches bioinformatics at Pwani University. His research interests are in regulatory genomics, where he uses machine learning and statistical modelling to understand gene regulation and its link to diseases and how they can be exploited for vector control. Caleb leads the Open Science project at H3ABioNet and is the founder of OpenScienceKE, an initiative that promotes open approaches to bioinformatics research in Kenya. He is also a board member at the Open Bioinformatics Foundation. Caleb is passionate about open science, reproducible bioinformatics research, and research data management.
About the Seminar Series
The seminar is open to the public and registration is required each month. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Rachel Pisarski at 301-670-4990. Requests should be made at least five days in advance of the event.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy hosts this seminar series to highlight exemplars of data sharing and reuse on the second Friday of each month at noon ET. The monthly series highlights researchers who have taken existing data and found clever ways to reuse the data or generate new findings. A different NIH institute or center will also share its data science activities each month.