NADRE Kick-off Meeting: Towards the Ethiopian Knowledge Society

Friendship International Hotel, Addis Ababa

Friendship International Hotel, Addis Ababa

Bole, Addis Ababa
Margareth Gfrerer (ESC)


The National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia (NADRE) intends to provide researchers, lecturers, students and stakeholders from outside of the academic world access to research works published by Ethiopian universities and research institutions. All public and private universities as well as research institutions will contribute to the NADRE and will provide citizens access to it.

The objective of the NADRE is threefold:

  1. To increase the access of academics and citizens in Ethiopia and worldwide to research works published by Ethiopian researchers at one of the Ethiopian universities or research institutions,
  2. To foster the dissemination of research outcomes and make them, as well as their authors, more visible inside and outside the country, and
  3. To spread completed research to other corners of the country in order to allow other researchers to build on it. For the time being, the NADRE will mainly include Master theses, dissertations, journals, articles, conference proceedings as well as all works published by researchers from Ethiopian universities and research institutions as well as from Ethiopian researchers living abroad. All artefacts will be published under Creative Commons licenses and will be tagged with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).

In order to complement and feed the NADRE each Ethiopian university is encouraged to build its own repository and to provide the Ethiopian Research and Education Network (EthERNet) access to that specific university repository in order to harvest and amalgamate publications from these repositories to a compiled National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia (NADRE). Those universities that are not currently able to establish their own repository will get support from EthERNet to deploy their own Academic Digital Repository (ADR). However, each university will be responsible for the curation of contents stored its own ADR.

The main stakeholders in the implementation of the NADRE are Ethiopian universities and research institutions, EthERNet and the Education Strategy Center (ESC), which also share their responsibilities to make the NADRE happen.


It is the overall objective of this event to introduce the key players (Vice-Presidents, Deans of the Faculty of Sciences, Librarians and (Library) ICT staff) to the theoretical and practical background of university repositories and the NADRE. The specific objective of this venue is to learn about their training needs that specific workshops at university level can be facilitated in order to implement NADRE as a sound construct in the Ethiopian academic and research environment.

The Kick-off Meeting is structured in

  1. A pre-conference workshop, where librarians and (librarian) ICT staff will get hands-on experience in introducing DOIs and the use of ORCID.
  2. The Conference. as a platform where experiences and perspectives on national and university repositories from different countries will be shared with NADRE key players.
  3. A post-conference workshop, where librarians and (librarian) ICT staff will get first insights how to work with repositories.


Experts from Italy, Ireland, Austria, South Africa and Ethiopia are invited as speakers in the conference and as moderators in the workshop on Feb. 21, 2018. The State Minister for Higher Education will be invited to open the Conference with a key note speech.

Targeted participants

This event is addressed to university personnel in charge for repositories, curate repositories, assist researchers to work with repositories etc. Precisely, the focus is on the Vice-Presidents of Academic Affairs, Deans of Faculty of Sciences, Librarians and university library ICT staff are invited to participate in this Conference.

The pre-Conference Workshop (Feb. 19) and the post-Conference Workshop (Feb. 22) are technical workshops for Librarians and University Library ICT staff.

As a starting point the focus on repositories will be brought to science faculties. Other faculties will follow later on.

The number of participants is expected to amount to 44 Vice-Presidents from all Ethiopian public universities, 44 Deans of Sciences, 44 Librarians and 44 University Library ICT staff.

  • Abebe Regassa
  • Abera Abayineh
  • Adem Ali
  • Adem Geleto
  • Admas Berhanu Berisso
  • Agenchw Nega
  • Aileen O'Carroll
  • Alehegn Adane
  • Alemseged Kassahun
  • Ali Hussien
  • Andargie Gerawork
  • Andargie Mekonnen
  • Animut Mesfin
  • Bedassa Motuma
  • Behailu Korma
  • Belachew Dagne
  • belete atena
  • Benyam Tadesse
  • Besufikad Enideg
  • Beza Zeleke
  • Chalew Mesele
  • Dagim Yoseph Mengesha
  • Dargie Tsegay Berhe
  • Ebisa Abebe
  • Endalkachew Zemen
  • Ephrem Hailemariam
  • Esayas Aklilu
  • Etsay Haile Gebrehiwet
  • getachew liben abate
  • Getahun Tigistu
  • Girma Aweke
  • Girma Sisay
  • Haftu Adhena
  • Haile Yeshanew
  • Haleluya Kiflu
  • Hamid Mohammed
  • Haymanot kebede
  • Hiwot Abebe
  • Jula Kabeto
  • Kassa Alem
  • Margareth Gfrerer
  • Mario Torrisi
  • medina kemall
  • Mesfin Diro
  • Mesfin Gezahegn
  • Meskerem Fantaye
  • Mestewat Hailu
  • Milkesa Dejene
  • muhdin Ali
  • Muluken Demissie
  • Najib Hussen
  • Nigussu Feyissa
  • Paolo Budroni
  • Patrizia Strino
  • Rita Ricceri
  • Roberto Barbera
  • Tadele Getahun
  • Tadesse Anb
  • tariku wondimu
  • Tatek Zewdie
  • Tatek zewdie
  • Teferi dadi
  • Temesgen Mitiku
  • Temesgen Philipos Tesema
  • Wesenyelesh Zeleke
  • Worke Gete
  • Yared Ergu
  • Yesihak Mummed
  • yidenek felege
  • Yilkal Bezie Ayele
  • Yirga Abebe
  • Yoseph Abate
  • Zemedikun Solomon
    • 08:30 16:30
      Pre-Conference Workshop on the use of DOIs and ORCID IDs
      • 08:30
        Registration and badging of participants 30m
      • 09:00
        Welcome and purpose of the workshop 15m
        Speakers: Dr. Margareth Gfrerer (ESC - Ethiopia), Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 09:15
        The European Open Science Cloud, RDA, and further transversal initiatives 45m

        The European Commission is promoting the European Open Science Cloud. This will be soon a reality. According to the Commission “the EOSC is not an actual cloud service, it is a kind of reengineering of existing e-infrastructures based on scientific data. The EOSC will be a federated environment for the sharing and re-use of scientific data, based on existing and emerging elements in the Member States, with lightweight international guidance and governance and a large degree of freedom regarding practical implementation”. In this context Open Science is seen in a visionary way, as a movement to make scientific research, data, and dissemination accessible at all levels of the research community and research support units. This vision will be possible only if we understand how to manage and steer the different components and players, at all levels of the forthcoming Open Science Cloud.
        This presentation aims at analysing the setting of this management, first embedding it in the broader international context (Research Data Alliance, the OpenAIRE Advance project orthe H2020 Project LEARN), illustrate the legal frame, and then describing in further steps the relevance of the main instruments that will enable the realisation of this Open Science vision.

        Speaker: Dr. Paolo Budroni (University of Vienna - Austria)
      • 10:00
        Enabling Open Science in Africa: the Sci-GaIA Open Science Platform 1h

        The presentation will describe the Open Science Platform developed and deployed in the context of the EU-funded Sci-GaIA project and its components.

        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 11:00
        Break 30m
      • 11:30
        Persistent identifiers for researchers and research outputs 30m

        The issue of persistent identifiers for researchers and research output is presented and discussed in order to address science reproducibility and reusability. Common solutions based on widelu accepted standards are described and explained with a focus on the opportunities for the Ethiopian research communities.

        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 12:00
        Hands-on on ORCID 1h
      • 13:00
        Lunch 1h
      • 14:00
        Hands-on on federated authentication 30m
      • 14:30
        Hands-on on using an Open Access Repository to store research outputs (part 1) 1h
      • 15:30
        Break 30m
      • 16:00
        Final discussion and wrap-up 30m
    • 08:30 17:00
      1st Day of the Conference
      • 08:30
        Registration and badging of participants 30m
      • 09:00
        Opening 15m
        Speakers: Dr. Solomon Mogus (Director ESC - Ethiopia), Mr. Zelalem Assefa (Director of EthERNet - Ethiopia)
      • 09:15
        Keynote speeches 45m

        H.E. Dr. Samuel Kifle, State Minister for Higher Education Sector - Ethiopia

      • 10:00
        Break 30m
      • 10:30
        From Open Access and Open Data to Open Science and Open Innovation 30m

        Open Science concept is explained and Open Access and Open Data paradigms are discussed to fully adopt it. How Open Data and Open Science can enable Open Innovation is also addressed.

        Speaker bio:

        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 11:00
        The data way to science: what is really needed? Results from an Austrian national survey. The project e-Infrastructures Austria 30m

        In 2015, the scientific and artistic-scientific personnel at all 21 universities and three non-university research institutions in Austria received the call to participate in an Austria-wide survey relating to research data and their management. The survey was conducted within the project e-Infrastructures Austria and facilitated the collection of the practical handling of digital data. The findings from this survey form the basis for a consecutive a) realization of RDM-policies b) the identification of e-Infrastructure Commons c) the optimization of e-infrastructures and services available in this field, in accordance with needs that have been expressed.
        Solid research data management is the foundation of the envisaged European Science Cloud and of cooperative and open research and thus of their comprehensibility and verifiability. The subject is equally relevant and current for researchers, funding bodies and senior posts of scientific institutions.
        The presentation will illustrate the main findings of this nation-wide survey.
        For the first time, the status quo of a domestic data management is displayed in a representative manner crossing all disciplines. This can be used by individual institutions to derive organizational, structural or strategic measures for the development of infrastructures. On the other hand, it allows a co-ordinated National approach for identifying common areas of responsibility and for establishing central services.

        Speaker bio:
        His long-term involvement in RDM and the provision of aligned services in the scientific community have provided him with a thorough knowledge of technical systems and the requirements of the academic world.
        Few libraries can claim to have a department or unit for RDM and Repository Development with international outreach, Paolo Budroni established and led one of them for ten years Phaidra is now used in 5 European countries and is running at 16 institutions. Thanks to his engagement, the University of Vienna has participated in the projects like Europeana and OpenAIRE/OpenAIREplus and “TEMPUS in the Western Balkan Region” In the LEARN project, he focused on RDM-policy development and alignment.. He also offers his experience in the use of foreign languages in multi-national settings, his ability to plan and organise work programs and his good understanding of linkages between policies and cooperative practices.

        Speaker: Dr. Paolo Budroni (Univesity of Vienna - Austria)
      • 11:30
        Increasing access to and visibility of institutional research assets – a strategic approach 30m

        High quality and much needed research is being conducted by African researchers, but it is often not sufficiently visible and accessible on global platforms, or acknowledged as being from Africa. Where copyright for research articles is signed away to publishers, the research ends up being locked behind a paywall, allowing only a selected and privileged few to have access, at the same time limiting the potential impact the research could have had if it was openly accessible. 
To address the above challenges and more, universities all over the world have implemented institutional repositories, taking ownership and responsibility for the research outcomes at the respective institutions. In this presentation, we will look at what institutional repositories are, the rationale behind it, and aligning it with institutional and national strategies and policies. Best practice will be shared, as well as criteria trusted institutional research repositories should adhere to.

        Speaker bio:
        Ina Smith’s research focus is on promoting digital skills, open access, open science and open data publishing in the global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. She has vast experience in repositories, journal publishing and conference publishing. She is currently employed as a project manager at the Academy of Science of SA, where she is managing the African Open Science Platform ( project. She is also a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region.

        Speaker: Ms. Ina Smith (Academy of Science - South Africa)
      • 12:00
        Digital Repository of Ireland. How we built a National Trusted Digital Repository: policy and process 30m

        The Digital Repository of Ireland ( is a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. DRI provides a national service for the long-term digital preservation of Ireland’s humanities, social science, and cultural heritage resources. It received the Data Seal of Approval in 2015.
        Firstly, the presentation describes the process of requirements gathering via qualitative interviews. This process allowed us to build a repository which was responsive to the needs of the community. Secondly, it describes the ways in which policy development via an audit framework, such as Core Trust Seal, can assist in the creation of new infrastructures. Thirdly, the presentation discusses the DRI funding and business model, in particularly the move from initial project funding to core Government funding supported by membership subscription. Finally, it outlines the advantages of an membership model which distributes ingest responsibility to our members.

        Speaker bio:
        Dr Aileen O’Carroll is Policy Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland. She provides policy guidance under which DRI obtained the Data Seal of Approval in 2015. She provides guidance on digital ethics, contributes and advises on the development of the strategy and policy concerning data protection. She manages the Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA) based in Maynooth University and is a member of the Social Research Ethics Sub-committee. She received a PhD in sociology from TCD and recently published The Dublin Docker and Working time, Knowledge Work and Post-industrial society: Unpredictable Work.

        Speaker: Dr. Aileen O'Carroll (Digital Repository of Ireland)
      • 12:30
        Lunch 1h
      • 13:30
        Panel Discussion on Ethiopian Expectations of Academic Repositories 2h

        Moderator: Dr. Kassahun Kebede (HERQA)

        Speaker: Ethiopian Researchers and Librarians
      • 15:30
        Break 30m
      • 16:00
        Syndicate Working Groups formulating their Expectations on Repositories 1h
        Speaker: Dr. Paolo Budroni (University of Vienna - Austria)
    • 08:30 17:00
      2nd Day of the Conference
      • 08:45
        Summary from the previous day 15m
        Speakers: Dr. Margareth Gfrerer (ESC - Ethiopia), Dr. Paolo Budroni (University of Vienna - Austria)
      • 09:00
        Parallel Workshop: Funding and business model of the NADRE (Moderator: Dr. Solomon Mogus) 3h 30m
      • 09:00
        Parallel Workshop: Global and National accessibility of the NADRE (Moderator: Prof. Roberto Barbera) 3h 30m
      • 09:00
        Parallel Workshop: Job description of NADRE curators (Moderator: Dr. Paolo Budroni) 3h 30m
      • 09:00
        Parallel Workshop: Promotion of repositories to researchers and research communities (Moderator: Ms. Ina Smith) 3h 30m
      • 09:00
        Parallel Workshop: Stewardship of NADRE contributions (Moderator: Dr. Aileen O'Carroll) 3h 30m
      • 12:30
        Lunch 1h
      • 13:30
      • 14:30
        Structured Discussion on the Way Forward to the National Academic Digital Repository 1h

        Moderator: Dr. Paolo Budroni

        1) Mersha Asnagre (Academic Affairs Vicepresidente, Bula Hora University)
        2) Haleluya Kiflu (Library Director, Debre Marko University)
        3) Alehegn Adane (Library Director, University of Gondar)
        4) Bizuayehu Kanisew (Research Director, Bahir Dar University)

      • 15:30
        Wrap-up and closing 1h 15m
        Speakers: Dr. Margareth Gfrerer (ESC - Ethiopia), Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 16:45
        Networking 15m
    • 08:30 16:30
      Post-conference Workshop on “How to work with repositories”
      • 09:00
        Welcome and purpose of the workshop 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania - Italy)
      • 09:15
        Hands-on on using an Open Access Repository to store research outputs (part 2) 45m
      • 10:00
        Advanced hands-on on programmatic access to an Open Access Repository 1h
      • 11:00
        Break 30m
      • 11:30
        Hand-on on the use of collaboration tools (Discourse and Slack) 30m
      • 12:00
        Final discussion, action plan and wrap-up 30m
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