Open access repositories, standards and interoperability

Open access is without doubt a very pertinent issue that needs to be addressed especially for us in this part of the world [Africa]. Though this was not an issue that was discussed much at our last Congress, it  should be considered for our forthcoming activities due to its great relevance and importance. I cannot agree with Matthew Howells* more on the issue you have raised regarding interoperability. For open access repositories/databases/resources to be used issues of standardization, sharing vis-a-vis wider access are very important. These need to be addressed in depth if open access is to fulfill its objectives.

Nasra Gathoni, President of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa

* Comment on our blog by Matthew Howells “working/managing the new Open Knowledge Repository ( at the World Bank and I’d be interested in hearing about your experience of facilitating interoperability/knowledge exchange with repositories in Africa? It is an area we are very keen to investigate.


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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