The African Minds Trust was founded in 2012 with the broad mission of supporting the dissemination of knowledge from and in Africa to address the social challenges that face the African continent. To support its mission, African Minds conducts research on the creation and dissemination of knowledge in Africa. Research covers the entire spectrum: from the collection, use and social impacts of data, to the dissemination and uptake of codified knowledge.
This research project will study the actors and data flows in a data ecosystem to determine the effects of open data intermediaries, both positive and/or negative, particularly on the economic ownership rights of those who provide data.
The purpose of the research is to produce new knowledge on African university presses, in particular regarding the overall landscape of academic publishing in Africa and the various revenue and distribution models operative at African university presses in the light of current technological advances and market opportunities.
This research project consisted of two parts: (1) research on how open data can make value chains more transparent; and (2) research on the roles of intermediaries in extending the reach of open data beyond the web.
African Minds is writing a chapter on the relationship between open data and social inclusion for a forthcoming book that zeros in on the interconnection between openness and processes of both inclusion and exclusion in development.