[Irtalk] Opening access to African scholarly content: Stellenbosch University’s AOARI platforms

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 10:30:55 SAST 2013

Africa is viewed as a consumer of the world’s knowledge production. A
significant factor influencing
 this status is the low research output, with the main contributor to this
status being minimum access
 to scholarly content to support research. Stellenbosch University, a
leading research institution on the
 African continent, is committed to contributing to changing this status
quo through the distribution of its
 own research output utilizing open sources. Given the challenges that have
plagued Africa in developing
 processes for the distribution of their research, Stellenbosch University
has developed the African Open
 Access Repository Initiative (AOARI) which uses open source software for
two platforms that support the
 ‘green’ and ‘gold’ route to sharing scholarly literature: Ubuntu is used
as the operating system, DSpace
 is used for its repository and Open Journal Systems for its publication
platform. It is anticipated that
 AOARI will be the bridge that facilitates the sharing of research output
and nurtures a culture of research
 production in Africa.
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