[IRTalk] African institutions and the Berlin Declaration

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Thu Sep 8 09:56:07 SAST 2016

Dear Colleagues

Fyi – welcome to colleagues from all over Africa, also added to this mailing list.

Demonstrating your support for Open Access is a first, important, and also relatively easy process, before starting to address a statement or a policy. You can find the list of African signatories attached, but also visit:


If your organization has not signed yet, but would like to do so, please email open-access at mpdl.mpg.de<mailto:open-access at mpdl.mpg.de> and praesident at gv.mpg.de<mailto:praesident at gv.mpg.de>

Also demonstrate your support for OA through implementing an Institutional Repository, Journal Managing Service, and/or Data Set Repository. Databases collecting educational resources (teaching and learning material, exam/test papers and more), another option, as well as presenting open access online courses using a learning management system.

Upsetting is libraries being burnt down in SA, the most recent one being the UKZN Howard College Law Library<http://www.thesouthafrican.com/rare-valuable-law-books-destroyed-ukzn-protest-library-set-alight/>. One way we can address this challenge is through digitizing valuable material, and making it online available. Scarce and valuable material can then maybe be stored off-site.

Kind regards

Ina Smith
SciELO Planning Manager
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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