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Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for the Somalia Academic Community.

Somali Library Association in collaboration with the Training Centre in Communication hosted a virtual workshop to engage the Somalia Academic Community in using Open Access Solutions.

Published onMay 06, 2024
Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for the Somalia Academic Community.
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The Training Centre in Communication and the Somali Library Association collaborated to host a virtual workshop for the Somalia Academic Community. Researchers and Librarians who attended were empowered to actively improve their research practices and scholarly communication within their respective universities. Mr. Mohammed Mohammud, Chairperson of the Somali Library Association and University Librarian of SIMAD University urged members of the Somalia academic community to seize the opportunity and fully utilize the open-access solutions presented to them.

From TCC Africa, Nicholas Outa 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 Scholarcy, 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.

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.

Speakers in the session:

Nicholas Outa- TCC Africa trainer

Open-Access AI tools covered:

Scholarcy is an online summarizing 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.



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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/

Somali Library Association (SLA) is a professional organization founded in 2021 and is headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Association is a non-profit organization devoted to fostering literacy, education, and cultural preservation in Somalia by means of supporting and developing libraries throughout the country.

Website: https://sla.so/


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