Towards the Collaborative Repository for Ethiopian Academic and Research Institutions (TCRE) project

CEARL + ADLSN = Collaborative repository for Ethiopian academic and research institutions

Increase visibility and availability of student research outputs

The growth of academic institutions in Ethiopia, currently over 30, has seen an exponential increase of research output by Master’s and Doctoral degrees’ students and researchers. However, the accessibility, usability and management of thesis and dissertations has become a big challenge.

Thanks to funding from the Elsevier Foundation the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN) are working in partnership to:

1. Implement repositories. To build on, and scale up the Addis Ababa University institutional repository to become an open, national repository for academic research results from universities across Ethiopia. As well as to build 30 institutional repositories across Ethiopia.

2. Conduct training.  There is a two-prong approach to capacity building (a) training for librarians and IT staff on how to use and manage repositories; (b) training for researchers and students on how to effectively use e-resources to improve the quality of their research; and how to upload their research output to repositories and its benefits.

Project Outcomes

  1. Establish 5 repositories for the first year within Addis Ababa and the nearby locations and the second year to establish another 25 repositories outside Addis Ababa.
  1. Extend the already developed collaborative, repository platform:
  1. Train 20 librarians and IT professionals from the institutions located in Addis Ababa and nearby cities. This number will build on the already trained 15 participants at Digital repositories workshop conducted in May, 2012 by The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and the Forum for Social Studies (FSS).

  1. Follow up and support for the development of the Ethiopian Digital Thesis and Dissertations Repository (EDTDR)

Partner Institutions

Near Addis Ababa:

Adama University

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Addis Ababa Science and Technology University

Addis Ababa Science and Technology University

Addis Ababa University

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Civil Service University

Civil Service University

Hawassa University

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Outside Addis Ababa

[coming soon]

 Project team

Teklemichael-T.-Wordofa-150x150Teklemichael T. Wordofa, Project Leader (Inside the organization)

Teklemichael is with over fifteen years of progressive experience in teaching, practice and research. Currently, he works at the Addis Ababa University Libraries Computer and Information Retrieval Centre as Systems Librarian and digitization expert as well as teaching at the School of Information science. He is the Coordinator for the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and the Program for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERII). He worked as project manager at the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, Austria for 7 years and as such has strong background in managing projects of this sort. Teklemichael is also in the management team of the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN), and serves as standing committee member of the International Conference on African Digital Library and Archives (ICADLA). He has implemented a digital institutional repository at Forum for Social Studies in Ethiopia with partner from KIT.

Africa J. Bwamkuu - photoAfrica J. Bwamkuu, Advisor

Africa is a former staff of t the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands as an ICT Advisor/Trainer. He is currently work as independent consultant at Window 2 Africa, and serves as Board president of African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN). He has over 10 years of working experience in the area of ICT & Digital Libraries technical and management. Africa is one of the founders of African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN). He has extensive experience working in African region as well as in Ethiopia. Recently, he implemented a digital institutional repository at Forum for Social Studies in Ethiopia. Currently and managed a program run by KIT and the Association of African Universities (AAU) to strengthen the capacity of African institutes to establish and manage digital repositories.

Project Milestones

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Date

Milestone

Status

January – December 2014

Focus on institutions near Addis Ababa

 in process

Build a coalition of partners

 in process

Hold partners seminar

 in process

Define specifications

completed

Implement repositories

in process

Hold a 3-day workshop at each participating institution

Implement harvester

Hold train the trainer workshop  #1 with participating institutions

Hold train the trainer workshop  #2 participating institutions

January – December 2015

Focus on institutions outside of Addis Ababa

Build coalition of partners

Hold partners seminar

Define specifications

Implement repositories

Hold a 3-day workshop at each participating institution

Implement harvester

Hold train the trainer workshop  #1 with participating institution

Hold train the trainer workshop  #2 participating institution

December 2015

Finalization of a mechanism for populating the central repository facility at Addis Ababa University

 

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