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:
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
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.
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.