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There are 19 (all universities’ as at December 2016) Nigerian Institutional Repositories (IR) listed at the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR). University of Jos IR is the first operational in Nigeria (launched in July 2009). There are other Nigerian IRs yet to be or not registered at OpenDOAR:
Afe Babalola University Repository
University of Benin Repository
University of Port Harcourt Repository

Fountain University, Oshogbo, Nigeria Institutional Repository

Fountain University IR houses staff publications, students projects, past examination questions, Journal of Management and Social Sciences (Formerly Fountain Journal of Management and Social Sciences) and Fountain Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences among others.

University of Jos, NigeriaIR Content

Content in the University of Jos, Nigeria IR include:

  • Journal Articles
  • University Lectures: inaugural, convocation, Distiguished Alumni, anniversary, etc.
  • Faculty Members’ Online Publications Verification
  • Past Question Papers
  • University Departmental and Units Publications
  • Library Seminars etc.

Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria Institution Repository

The Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, institutional repository which operates on the DSpace platform was launched late 2015. The repository named as Knowledge Repository is customized to contain scholarly works of the university’s academic staff members. The university is also working towards having an Open Access Policy to help implement the IR and other open access initiatives.

The Knowledge Repository is available at: http://research. elizadeuniversity.edu.ng:8080/ jspui/

Who Owns the Copyright of Content being Submitted to IR?

Articles not Yet Submitted to a Journal:

  • Currently the author retains copyright

Does the organization assert copyright in respect of research related materials generated by an employee? Is it in their Employment Contract?

žArticles that have already been published:

  • In most cases the author would have signed an agreement transferring copyright to the publisher.

žArticles published under commission or contract:

  • The copyright belongs to the commissioning organization unless an agreement has been signed retaining copyright                                                                            [žMarc Goovaerts (2015). Implementing a repository.]


A Digital Library for the Oyo State, Part 1


We met with Faith Adetunji, from Global Archives Scholars Ltd, who connected with ADLSN through the Greenstone support mailing list. Her project plans the creation of a digital library for the Oyo State, that will support the education and the access to knowledge.

The digital library will provide information and – when available – access to various types of materials through on online catalogue: scanned books, e-books, newspapers.

At the time of the interview the project implementation hadn’t yet started. Mrs Adetunji and her team are refining the needs in terms of hardware, software, human resources, consultancy etc… and the necessary budget.

On the technical side they plan to use the Greenstone software to set up, manage and serve the digital collections. Various questions arise for this project: type of server required to host the Greenstone installation, process to include the e-books, design of the network etc.

[See video]

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