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A study on the state-of-the-art of e-infrastructures uptake in Africa
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2015 (English)In: Palgrave Communications, ISSN 2055-1045, Vol. 1, article id 14007Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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e-Science is a pioneering method that uses integrated collections of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), or e-Infrastructures, to enable scientists across the world to collaboratively work on more and more ambitious projects. Have advances and access to ICTs enabled African e-Infrastructure development? This paper aims to understand the current state of e-Infrastructure uptake in Africa and present some of these initiatives across the African continent by exploring the current landscape emerging from a survey of early consumers. These initiatives are discussed in terms of key projects and user communities that they are addressing. In line with wider perceptions that e-Infrastructures will re-shape the ways research is performed, this study yielded 34 current or planned e-Infrastructure projects across 13 African countries addressing a range of research domains, and identified 7 user communities across these disciplines. Our findings suggest that the African research community is increasingly interested and involved in e-Infrastructure development activities in response to the issue of limited access to dedicated global research and education resources. The study can contribute to the ongoing discussion on how e-Infrastructures can positively promote the research, technological development and innovation potential of developing countries. 

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Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. , 2015. Vol. 1, article id 14007
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Human Aspects of ICT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236903DOI: 10.1057/palcomms.2014.7Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053126065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236903DiVA, id: diva2:1269917
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 Funding details: 2011-7381, VR, Vetenskapsrådet; Funding details: 2013-6710, VR, Vetenskapsrådet; Funding details: eI4Africa, EC, European Commission; Funding details: 312582, EC, European Commission; Funding text: This work was partially supported by the European Commission project “Teaming-up for exploiting e-Infrastructures’ potential to boost RTDI in Africa” (eI4Africa) (no. 312582) and by grants from the Swedish Research Council (2011-7381 and 2013-6710).

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