The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network, OCSDNet, is a new research network aiming to gather observations on whether, and under which conditions, open approaches to research and collaboration could lead to various development outcomes in the Global South. iHub, in conjunction with the Centre for Critical Development Studies (CCDS)at the University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada) and with funding support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are co-coordinators for OCSDNet.
The newly formed OCSDnet research network needed a way to receive and manage the concept notes and research proposals they received from the members of the network as well as a way to communicate and to share their ideas. The iHub was to coordinate both the online and offline components of the network. While, iHub Research took the lead for the offline component, iHub Consulting was tasked with setting up a knowledge sharing and interactive platform/network that would also be used to receive concept notes and research proposals in the initial stage.