National Digital Repository Building Project kick-off meeting

The “Towards the Collaborative Repository for Ethiopian Academic and Research Institutions” project (TCRE), supported by an Elsevier Foundation grant, “Innovative Libraries Programme”, was officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 13-15 June 2014. The stakeholders meeting was organized by the Consortium of the Ethiopian Academic and Research libraries (CEARL) in collaboration with the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN).

Research Directors, Librarians and ICT Directors from over 20 institutions took part in the meeting and also attended a one-day technical training. On the first day, the project management and implementation committee discussed and approved the project implementation plan, which was drafted earlier. In addition, they developed the project management structure that includes individuals from CEARL, ADLSN, and the National Digital Repository Steering Committee (NDRSC).

The stakeholders meeting took place afterwards. At the meeting, detailed background to the project was provided and the approved project implementation schedule was presented.  On the third day, librarians and ICT specialists received training in best practices for defining and implementing policies and also training in implementing a digital repository using open source software including DSpace and Greenstone. In order to continue and strengthen the collaboration, the training participants setup two broad communities – a Content Group and a Technical Group.