Access to Africa’s                             Knowledge                           Scholarly Communication in Africa      ...
What do we, in African countries, seek to gainfrom our investment in      research?
The aim is surelyAfrican knowledge, for Africa, from Africa, widely accessible...
...and available foreconomic and social    development.
Globally, scholarlycommunications is at a    crossroads...
Some rights reserved by mrhayata
as the internet offersgreater connectivity,     lower cost
http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/
We face two verydifferent poles of  opportunity...
Enhanced globalcompetitiveness and     prestige....
...or open                         communications and                       collaboration to address                      ...
We constantly ask  questions about thelink between research  and development...
‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promo...
Yet we are still caughtup with old paradigms...
...stuck in a free rider      mentality...
...in which Africanhigher education doesnot see publication as  its responsibility...
success on the basis of   counts of journal        articles  in the ISI indexes..
... a system run by a single                         commercial company...Some rights reserved by AMagill
The result is tunnel                                             vision...http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/   CC attri...
...which ignores all but a small segment of thepublishing ecosystem..
... namely journals,particularly foreign      journals...
... marginalising African research
.. ignoring othercommunications     activity...
.. and offering little support  and recognition to the   communications thatemerge from development-    focused research...
There is a penalty...
Science Research - 2001http://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of ...
World povertyhttp://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
How can we address      this?
Leveraging technology   in a networked       world ....
... using open accesspublishing models...
...aligning communications    with institutional and     national strategies...
Research Councils UK and HEFCE have a sharedcommitment to maintaining and improving the capacityof the UK research base to...
...raising quality through    national initiatives...
...revaluing ‘grey    publishing’
... leveraging open       access...
...by publishing in open    access journals...
...using collaborativepublishing platforms...
...rethinking business       models...
...gaining wider impact       and reach...
...using openrepositories and     portals...
How can the Universityof Namibia harness thispotential to deliver its    strategic goals?
Eve Gray     Honorary Research Associate  Centre for Educational Technology        University of Cape Town       http://ww...
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia
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The Role of Open in African Higher Education - Namibia

  1. 1. Access to Africa’s Knowledge Scholarly Communication in Africa University of NamibiaSome rights reserved by itinerant librarian
  2. 2. What do we, in African countries, seek to gainfrom our investment in research?
  3. 3. The aim is surelyAfrican knowledge, for Africa, from Africa, widely accessible...
  4. 4. ...and available foreconomic and social development.
  5. 5. Globally, scholarlycommunications is at a crossroads...
  6. 6. Some rights reserved by mrhayata
  7. 7. as the internet offersgreater connectivity, lower cost
  8. 8. http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/
  9. 9. We face two verydifferent poles of opportunity...
  10. 10. Enhanced globalcompetitiveness and prestige....
  11. 11. ...or open communications and collaboration to address development challengesSome rights reserved by mimaba
  12. 12. We constantly ask questions about thelink between research and development...
  13. 13. ‘How could the application of knowledge endpoverty and hunger in Africa? How could highereducation empower women and promote genderequity? How can knowledge be considered in theAfrican context to address child mortality andimprove maternal health?’Nahas Angula, Namibian Prime Minister, UNESCO 29th Conference onHigher Education, 2009 Photo: coda Damien du Toit http://www.flickr.com/photos/coda/ Creative Commons Share-Alike
  14. 14. Yet we are still caughtup with old paradigms...
  15. 15. ...stuck in a free rider mentality...
  16. 16. ...in which Africanhigher education doesnot see publication as its responsibility...
  17. 17. success on the basis of counts of journal articles in the ISI indexes..
  18. 18. ... a system run by a single commercial company...Some rights reserved by AMagill
  19. 19. The result is tunnel vision...http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/ CC attribution licence
  20. 20. ...which ignores all but a small segment of thepublishing ecosystem..
  21. 21. ... namely journals,particularly foreign journals...
  22. 22. ... marginalising African research
  23. 23. .. ignoring othercommunications activity...
  24. 24. .. and offering little support and recognition to the communications thatemerge from development- focused research...
  25. 25. There is a penalty...
  26. 26. Science Research - 2001http://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  27. 27. World povertyhttp://www.worldmapper.org2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
  28. 28. How can we address this?
  29. 29. Leveraging technology in a networked world ....
  30. 30. ... using open accesspublishing models...
  31. 31. ...aligning communications with institutional and national strategies...
  32. 32. Research Councils UK and HEFCE have a sharedcommitment to maintaining and improving the capacityof the UK research base to undertake research activityof world leading quality, and to ensuring that significantoutputs from this activity are made available as widelyas possible both within and beyond the researchcommunity. Open access to published research supportsthis commitment and, if widely implemented, canbenefit the research base, higher education, and the UKeconomy and society more broadly.
  33. 33. ...raising quality through national initiatives...
  34. 34. ...revaluing ‘grey publishing’
  35. 35. ... leveraging open access...
  36. 36. ...by publishing in open access journals...
  37. 37. ...using collaborativepublishing platforms...
  38. 38. ...rethinking business models...
  39. 39. ...gaining wider impact and reach...
  40. 40. ...using openrepositories and portals...
  41. 41. How can the Universityof Namibia harness thispotential to deliver its strategic goals?
  42. 42. Eve Gray Honorary Research Associate Centre for Educational Technology University of Cape Town http://www.gray-area.co.zahttp://www.http://www.sca2kafrica.org/ http://www.cet.uct.ac.za
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