[Irtalk] news items featuring African repositories

Smith, Ina <ismith@sun.ac.za> ismith at sun.ac.za
Mon Oct 10 16:37:15 SAST 2011


Please share with Carol and Valerie any new developments in terms of repositories. Many, many thanks!


From: Valorie Hollister [mailto:vhollister at duraspace.org]
Sent: 07 October 2011 17:50
To: Rosemary Otando; Ezra Shiloba Gbaje; Stephen Akintude; Abed Corletey; Yohannes Mulugeta; Smith, Ina <ismith at sun.ac.za>; Paul Samwel Muneja; Sten Christensen; Iryna Kuchma
Cc: Carol Minton Morris
Subject: news items featuring African repositories

Hi All -

We would very much like to feature some of the new (or soon to be launched) African repositories for DuraSpace's Open Access week news items. Based on Michele Kimpton's visit with you a few weeks ago at the ETD meeting in South Africa it sounds like some great things are happening!

Is there any chance we could get a list of some of the repository projects going on, including a brief description about the content? It would be great if the repositories were public and available -- but we would also be interested in hearing about projects that are soon to be launched. A quick description with a few sample bits of content or things that make the repository interesting. We are looking to produce something similar to this: http://www.duraspace.org/node/894.

(See Carol's previous msg below for more info).

Many thanks in advance -

Valorie Hollister
Director of Community Programs
vhollister at duraspace.org<mailto:vhollister at duraspace.org>

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From: Carol Minton Morris <cmmorris at fedora-commons.org<mailto:cmmorris at fedora-commons.org>>
Date: September 28, 2011 1:45:42 PM EDT
To: Rosemary Otando <rosemary.otando at uonbi.ac.ke<mailto:rosemary.otando at uonbi.ac.ke>>, Ezra Shiloba Gbaje <shiloba at yahoo.com<mailto:shiloba at yahoo.com>>, Stephen Akintude <sakintun at gmail.com<mailto:sakintun at gmail.com>>, Abed Corletey <corletey1 at yahoo.com<mailto:corletey1 at yahoo.com>>, Yohannes Mulugeta <yohannesmulu at gmail.com<mailto:yohannesmulu at gmail.com>>, Ina Smith <ismith at sun.ac.za<mailto:ismith at sun.ac.za>>, Paul Samwel Muneja <pmuneja at udsm.ac.tz<mailto:pmuneja at udsm.ac.tz>>, Sten Christensen <sten.christensen at sydney.edu.au<mailto:sten.christensen at sydney.edu.au>>, Iryna Kuchma <iryna.kuchma at eifl.net<mailto:iryna.kuchma at eifl.net>>
Cc: Valorie Hollister <vhollister at duraspace.org<mailto:vhollister at duraspace.org>>
Subject: Invitation to participate in a DuraSpace Open Access Week article
Reply-To: cmmorris at duraspace.org<mailto:cmmorris at duraspace.org>

Dear Community Members,

I am writing to ask for your help in developing an article that will highlight the growth of DSpace open access repositories in Africa to celebrate Open Access Week October 24-30, 2011 (http://www.openaccessweek.org/).

In 2004 there were 9 DSpace instances in Africa. Due to many of your efforts as DSpace Ambassadors that number has increased to 46 today! It would be of interest to our community if you could provide information about what's "in" some of these repositories-scholarly resources, learning objects, scanned books, special collections rich media such as images, music or videos and/or other types of resources. Examples of how resources are being used-in schools, by government, universities, etc. would also be of interest.

Anything you provide should be very short, anectodal and perhaps reflect your personal "favorite" DSpace repository resource(s) rather than general overviews. I would be happy to do further research into any information you send along. Please let me know by Friday Oct. 7 if you would like to participate.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you-I am looking forward to hearing from you!

All the best,

Carol Minton Morris
Director of Marketing and Communications
cmmorris at DuraSpace.org<mailto:cmmorris at DuraSpace.org>
Skype: carolmintonmorris
607 592-3135
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