15-16 October 2018
Honeyland Hotel (Jimma)
Africa/Addis_Ababa timezone

Introduction

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

The objective of 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.
  3. To spread completed research to other corners of the country to allow other researchers to build on. 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 researcher living abroad. AII artefacts will be published under Creative Commons licenses and will be tagged with Digital Object Identifiers (DOls).

Roles and responsibilities

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 university repository in order to harvest and amalgamate publications from these repositories to a compiled National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia. Those universities that are not currently able to establish their own repository will get support from EthERNet to deploy their own Institutional Academic 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.

Responsibilities of universities and research institutions are the following:

  • Those universities and research institutions with a repository will provide access to it in order to accommodate it within the NADRE repository.
  • To disseminate among their researchers the standards necessary to accommodate research works to the NADRE repository.
  • To promote the creation of ORCID IDs by their researchers.
  • To manage the issuance of DOls to tag research documents.
  • To handle the license issue with their researchers.
  • To run the plagiarism check, prior the research documents will be provided to the NADRE.
  • To curate their ADR.

Responsibilities of EthERNet are the following:

  • To provide the space on the cloud or server to host the NADRE and the ADRs of those universities and research institutions requesting them.
  • To provides the technical support.
  • To do the programming necessary for the NADRE to be fully accessible and in operation.
  • To manage the creation of DOI sub-prefixes to those universities and research institutions requesting them.
  • To inform universities and research institutions how to request and obtain a DOI prefix for their ADR.
  • To train local IT staff to cape with the IT-related challenges arising during their ADR’s operation and maintenance.

Responsibilities of ESC are the following:

  • To coordinate between universities and research institutions and EthERNet.
  • To advise users how to work with the NADRE, how to get an ORCID ID and how to link research works to the ORCID profiles of their author(s).
  • To organize workshops and tutorials for digital librarians and curators of the local ADRs.
  • To report towards the Ministry of Education.

Responsibilities of of universities and research institutions are the following:

  • Those universities and research institutions with a repository will provide access to it in order to accommodate it within the NADRE repository.
  • To disseminate among their researchers the standards necessary to accommodate research works to the NADRE repository.
  • To promote the creation of ORCID IDs by their researchers.
  • To manage the issuance of DOls to tag research documents.
  • To handle the license issue with their researchers.
  • To run the plagiarism check, prior the research documents will be provided to the NADRE.
  • To curate their ADR.

Objectives

The objective of the NADRE Training Workshop is manifold:

  • To discuss and promote the benefits of Open Access, Open Data and Open Science in general.
  • To present the status and the needs of Open Access academic repositories in Ethiopia.
  • To present use cases of Ethiopian researchers/educators needing to share/access large amounts of data as well as education resources.
  • To discuss a viable Open Access policy for Ethiopian Research and Higher Education.
  • To present the NADRE repository and show participants, through hands-on sessions, how to interact with it.
  • To present all other NADRE services and show participants, through hands-on sessions, how to interact with them.

Format and prerequisites

The time schedule of the NADRE Training Workshop is organised over two days. In the first day, presentations from international and local experts are foreseen together with a round table discussion on viable Open Access policies for Ethiopian Research and Higher Education. The second day will instead include hands-on session for users (researchers and students) and experts (librarians and the ICT-staff) on how to use/manage the NADRE repository (including metadata specification) as well as the other NADRE services.

To profit most from the hands-on sessions, participants are required to bring with them their laptops and to follow the tutorials included in the official NADRE documentation prior to coming to the workshop.

Expected participants

The NADRE Training Workshop targets both end users, e.g. researchers and students, and experts, e.g. librarians and the ICT-staff. The participation of government representatives, high-level policy/decision makers, research directors/coordinators and legal experts in licenses and IPR matters is also very welcome and recommended.

 

 

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