Lots of interesting presentations at “Open Access Africa 2010”. The most exciting one for me was by Rosemary Otando, e-resources Librarian, University of Nairobi, she shows how far academic libraries in Kenya have gone in developing institutional repositories for many different types of material. She also outlines the reasons why Kenya libraries have started to go ahead with repositories (IR); and the processes involved their implementation. Most institutions are still in the development stages – involving stakeholders, policies, sensitization and training, but some are more advanced – further detail is given in the presentation. DSpace just has the edge over Greenstone software, but some institutions are using both.
Many thanks to Jil Fairclough (Zambia-Brighton U.K. Link) for bringing this site to my attention. I used the slideshow option, though there are video versions.
How far have other African countries developed IRs?
Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information