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Impact of the SciGaIA project:

 

  • Sci-GaIA is expected to have a substantial impact on the scientific and technological collaboration between Europe and Africa in several domains and on important topics such as e-Infrastructure creation and operation and extension of the ERA beyond the southern border of Europe.
  • Sci-GaIA will make African (as well as European) research and researchers more “visible” worldwide and will contribute to the nowadays key topic of discoverability, reproducibility and extensibility of science products (also by the so-called “citizen scientist”).
  • Sci-GaIA will promote worldwide standards and widely accepted guidelines defined in Europe (such as those of EUDAT and OpenAIRE) on Open Access and Data Preservation, in order to achieve a better interoperation and interoperability of e-Infrastructures, including especially Open Data Infrastructures.
  • Sci-GaIA will contribute to the creation of didactic materials that will eventually be included in official curricula that will be usable in Africa, Europe and beyond.

The above impact will be measured by a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) whose target values and current status can be inspected in this page.

KPI thresholds make Sci-GaIA a really challenging and ambitious project and the achievability of the objectives will be constantly monitored during all its lifetime. In terms of the potential of Sci-GaIA meeting these objectives and creating a major breakthrough in the deployment of e-Infrastructures in Africa that are interoperable with those in Europe and the rest of the world, the following positive indicators must be noted:

  • The progressive deployment of the AfricaConnect (and AfricaConnect2) infrastructure, that is already happening now and will continue in the next years;
  • The very promising results already achieved by past projects, such as eI4Africa and CHAIN-REDS;
  • The many CoPs already approached and the several promising ones already identified;
  • The strong consortium;
  • The commitment of both Sub-Saharan RRENs (the Ubuntunet Alliance and WACREN).

The impact map of the Sci-GaIA project can be browsed in this page.