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Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for Tangaza University College and Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA)

Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) was pleased to host the academic community from Tangaza University College and Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) for a workshop on using Open Access AI in improving their research lifecycle

Published onNov 29, 2023
Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for Tangaza University College and Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA)
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Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) with its supporting partners Knowledge Unlatched, Digital Science, and Scholarcy, was honored to be hosted by the Tangaza University College and Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) academic community for a workshop on using open-access research discovery and AI tools. The academic community was encouraged to use and integrate the tools within their research workflows to improve research outputs’ visibility and discoverability.

Wilson de Souza from Knowledge Unlatched introduced the Open Research Library, as a user-friendly platform that enhances the discovery of worldwide open-access publications covering different disciplines.

Nicholas Outa, from TCC Africa, led a demonstration on how to access and utilize the citation database, Dimensions, in exploring research grants, publications, citations, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents in one place. He also introduced the community to Scholarly, an AI online summarization tool that can quickly identify the key points and arguments of research papers as well as more easily critically analyze papers to understand how the research builds on or differs from prior studies and effectively interpret large collections of articles.

Recording of the session

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Speakers in the session

Wilson de Souza- Regional Manager Ibero-America, Oceania, Africa and Asia, Knowledge Unlatched

Nicholas Outa- TCC Africa trainer

Joy Owango- Executive Director, TCC Africa

Open-Access AI tools covered:

Scholarly, the online summarizing tool by Scholarcy is a tool that can quickly identify the key points and arguments of research papers as well as more easily critically analyze papers to understand how the research builds on or differs from prior studies and effectively interpret large collections of articles.

The Open Research Library, by Knowledge Unlatched, is a user-friendly platform that enhances the discovery of worldwide open-access publications covering different disciplines.

Dimensions, by Digital Science, is a citation database that can be used to explore research grants, publications, citations, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents in one place.

About the Organizers

Knowledge Unlatched is an organization that offers an opportunity for libraries and publishers from around the world to work together to create a sustainable route to Open Access to scholarly books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine.

Website: https://knowledgeunlatched.org/

Scholarcy is a London-based Edtech applying machine learning to extract structured data and knowledge summaries from scholarly content. Scholarcy is available as a web-based platform and can be used on various devices. It is recommended for students, researchers, and professionals who want to keep on top of the latest research in their field and prepare literature reviews in a more systematic way.

Learn more about Scholarcy at https://www.scholarcy.com/

The Training Centre in Communication(TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award-winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya. TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers’ output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication.

Website: https://www.tcc-africa.org/

Tangaza College is a Catholic University College jointly owned by the member religious congregations. It opened its doors to the first group of students of theology on 25th August 1986. The original aim of the founding of Tangaza was to form members of religious orders for ministry in the church and society in Africa. On 3rd November 1992 Tangaza University College was recognized as a Constituent College of CUEA (Catholic University of Eastern Africa).

Website: https://tangaza.ac.ke/

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), like most other universities, started in a modest way. It commenced as a graduate school of theology known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). The Institute (CHIEA) was founded in 1984 by the regional ecclesiastical authority known as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia are the member countries of AMECEA.

Website: https://www.cuea.edu/

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