Open A.I.R. Videos

In the video items (2 fully produced videos and 12 short clips) embedded in this page from the Open A.I.R. YouTube channel (, network members discuss various aspects of Open A.I.R. –  the network's formation, its importance, its goals, its training and capacity-building goals, and its research case studies. Note to low-bandwidth Internet users: once the video item you choose is loaded in YouTube, you can reduce the size of the file by clicking on the circular "Change quality" gear at the bottom of the video screen and selecting "240p" or "auto" resolution. Disclaimer: The views expressed in these video productions are those of the participants and interviewees and do not necessarily represent those of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) or its Board of Governors.

Building the Network

This video (duration: 5:02), entitled Building the Open A.I.R. Network, looks at the origins and objectives of the project.

The Case Studies

In this Open A.I.R. Research Case Studies video (duration: 7:30), project members discuss the broad thematic areas and specific content of the research.

Harnessing African Capacity

Open A.I.R. researcher Dr. Marisella Ouma of the Kenya Copyright Board on how Open A.I.R. provides a chance to move from capacity-building to implementation for African intellectual property (IP) expertise (duration: 37 seconds).

Innovation, Creativity, IP

Open A.I.R. Steering Committee (SC) member Prof. Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa on the project's focus: the intersection of innovation, creativity and intellectual property (IP) in Africa (duration: 47 seconds).

Benefits for Africa

University of Cape Town Open A.I.R. researcher Dr. Caroline Ncube on her hope that the project will benefit the continent (duration: 36 seconds).

North Africa Hub

Prof. Nagla Rizk on how Open A.I.R.'s objectives link to the work of the research unit she directs in Cairo: the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at American University in Cairo. A2K4D is the Open A.I.R. network's North Africa Hub, and Rizk and her colleagues at the Center have coordinated two Open A.I.R case studies (duration: 52 seconds).

Project Significance

Project Steering Committee (SC) member Sisule Musungu of IQsensato in Nairobi on Open A.I.R.'s place in the African research context (duration: 34 seconds).

Research Fellowships

Open A.I.R. Research Fellow Helen Chuma-Okoro, of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Lagos, on what the Fellowship means for her (duration: 43 seconds).

WIPO Development Agenda

Sisule Musungu of IQsensato in Nairobi on the Open A.I.R. research case study he is leading: a study looking at the realities for Africa of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) development agenda (duration: 39 seconds).

IP from Public Research

Dr. Caroline Ncube of the University of Cape Town on the case study she is working on with Open A.I.R. colleagues Luci Abrahams and Titi Akinsanmi from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. It is a study of the impact on university research of South Africa's Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development (IPR-PFRD) Act of 2008 (duration: 45 seconds).

Mapping IP Realities

Open A.I.R. Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Jeremy de Beer of the University of Ottawa on the network's efforts to map both current and future African intellectual property (IP) realities (duration: 59 seconds).

New IP Perspectives

Ethiopia Team member Wondwossen Belete, of the Society for Technology Studies (STS) in Addis Ababa, on how Open A.I.R. is providing new perspectives (duration: 1:07).

Building on ACA2K

Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Tobias Schonwetter of the University of Cape Town on the Open A.I.R. project's origins in, and building on, the previous African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project (duration: 53 seconds).

Training and Outreach

Prof. Jeremy de Beer of the University of Ottawa on Open A.I.R.'s approach to training and outreach -- via interactions with African innovators, entrepreneurs and policymakers (duration: 1:14).