Following our participation in the JROST conference 2020, we are honored to share that we were awarded $5,000 for our dedication in advancing openness in research and scholarship across Africa. AfricArXiv is among the eight awardees of the response fund; along with La Referencia – Openscapes – PREreview – sktime – 2i2c – Humanities Commons – Knowledge Equity Lab.
We are excited to be amongst the recipients of the JROST fund. AfricArXiv, the African Open Access and preprint portal, was launched in June 2018 and has since been run and maintained with in kind contributions by dedicated team members, our colleagues and friends. The award will strengthen our community work to support African scholars in making their achievements and results discoverable through Open Access and appropriate licensing. We can now settle some of our expenses, initiate the implementation of our roadmap, and gear up for subsequent fundraising and strategic partnership building in the African SciComm ecosystem.says Johannsen Obanda, Community Manager at AfricArXiv
[From the IOI website]
The JROST Rapid Response Fund was launched to create a means to give back to the open infrastructure and technology community. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000 USD, and are intended for activities that are necessary and that would not be possible, or would be in jeopardy, without them.
This year’s inaugural Fund was made possible by the generosity of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Crossref, ITHAKA, Hypothesis, and Invest in Open Infrastructure. Our thanks also to all of our sponsors, as well as the JROST Awards committee and program committee for their support.
About Invest in Open Infrastructure
Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) is an initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems supporting research and scholarship. We do this by shedding light on challenges, conducting research, and working with decision makers to enact change.
Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) is a community initiative of IOI working on a joint roadmap for open science tools.